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Call Of Duty publisher sued over school shooting

Call Of Duty publisher sued over school shooting

A lawsuit has been filed against Activision

Following on from a tragic mass shooting that took place in 2022, Call of Duty publisher Activision has found itself as one of multiple companies facing a lawsuit over the tragedy.

The Uvalde school shooting which occurred in May 2022 saw 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opening fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas which resulted in the multiple fatalities and injuries.

Now 2-years on from the tragedy, family members of the victims have announced they will be taking legal action against three companies they believe helped “train” the gunman to carry out the crime.

The companies being linked to the Uvalde shooting are Facebook creator Meta, Call of Duty publisher Activision and the weapon manufacturer of the gun used.

The legal case states that all three companies promote and encourage combat, gun violence and killing with Josh Koskoff, the lawyer for the families, saying the companies are a “three-headed monster” that “knowingly exposed [the gunman] to the weapon, conditioned him to see it as a tool to solve his problems and trained him to use it”.

"There is a direct line between the conduct of these companies and the Uvalde shooting," he added.

According to reports, Ramos had been an avid fan of Call of Duty since he was 15 and was such a fan that the gun used in the attack was also a usable weapon in-game.

In response to this claim, Activision called the shooting “horrendous and heartbreaking in every way” and expresses its “deepest sympathies for the families and communities who remain impacted by this senseless act of violence”.

However, it also added: "Millions of people around the world enjoy video games without turning to horrific acts."

It remains to be seen how the lawsuit will continue but we send our thoughts and prayers to the family of the victims and those affected.

Featured Image Credit: Activision

Topics: Call Of Duty, Activision