Argentinian footballer, Diego Maradona is looking to sue Konami who used his likeness in Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (PES 2017) without his permission.
Konami has, in the past, used generated names to avoid this kind of scenario and ensured they only used what they had the rights to in-game. Whether Konami has a license for his likeness with things like the Players Association and Maradona just hasn’t been informed is another matter.
In a post on Facebook the footballer turned coach told his fans that his lawyer will begin legal proceedings.
I heard yesterday that the Japanese company Konami uses my image for its game PES 2017. Unfortunately, my lawyer Matias Morla will initiate the corresponding legal actions. I hope this is not another scam.
Maradona’s name and likeness are used in the myClub mode. He is accompanied in game by a number of other retired footballers including Gary Lineker and Thierry Henry.
While we believe companies should be held responsible and ensuring they have the rights to athlete likenesses, it is difficult to side with Diego Maradona after he knocked the ball into England’s goal during the 1986 World Cup using his hand. Or as he called it the “hand of God” or like England fans call it, “cheating little f***.”
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One