Video Game Puts U.S. Forces Against Drug Cartels In Bolivia’s Backyard, And Real Life Bolivia Ain’t Havin’ It

Bolivia has been taken over by the Santa Blanca cartel, led by the notorious El Sueño, turning the entire country into one big narco state. U.S. forces have been deployed to take on the criminal drug traffickers in Bolivia. The whole chaotic affair is a war of guns and religion. That’s just part of the story for the upcoming “Ghost Recon: Wildlands,” a video game developed by France-based Ubisoft. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, this storyline might be a little too real for Bolivia.

Earlier this week, the Bolivian government filed an official complaint with the French Embassy over Ubisoft’s “Ghost Recon: Wildlands.”


In a statement to the press, Bolivia’s Interior Minister Carlos Romero warned that Ubisoft could face legal action if the French government does not intervene diplomatically on the country’s behalf. Carlos Romero told Reuters, “We have the standing to [take legal action], but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation.”

Bolivian officials are concerned that the game paints Bolivia in a negative light.


The country has reason for concern. Bolivia, as Reuters reported, is the one of the world’s leading cocaine manufacturers.

Ubisoft says that Bolivia was chosen as a setting due to its beauty and culture.


From the beginning, Ubisoft has maintained that “Ghost Recon” is a “work of fiction.” After Bolivia filed its complaint, Polygon reports, Ubisoft responded with a statement:

‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ is a work of fiction, similar to movies or TV shows. Like all Tom Clancy’s games from Ubisoft, the game takes place in a modern universe inspired by reality, but the characters, locations and stories are all fantasies created solely for entertainment purposes. Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game based on its magnificent landscapes and rich culture. While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography…

So far the French embassy in La Paz, Boliva’s capital, has not responded to the Bolivian official’s request.


Bolivian officials have not clarified what legal action they will pursue should France fail to respond. “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” is currently scheduled for a March 7th release.

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