New Call of Duty game vividly recreates Amsterdam streets — but not everyone is happy

The new Call of Duty game features our dreamy capital city in a totally lifelike manner, but there’s just one problem: the storyline involves shooting up the Conservatorium Hotel, and its owners are not happy. 😬

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II will officially be released on October 28 (aka, tomorrow), but many impatient fans have already pre-ordered the single-player campaign of the game.

After one fan uploaded a brief video to show off the game’s impressive graphics and vivid depiction of Amsterdam, the game’s mission spread like wildfire on the internet. 🎮

One particular part of the video showed the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam being destroyed by guns. The only problem? The videogame makers failed to consult the hotel’s manager first. 

The game’s mission and its controversy

The storyline follows the hero or heroine wandering around the Dutch capital and its canals, where non-playable characters can be seen sitting on terrasjes drinking Groeneveld Lager. 🍺

Gamers make their way into an alley in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, where a shooting spree begins, and troopers take out a group of terrorists and drug criminals.

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Once they reach the cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium Hotel is then shown being shot to pieces by heavily armed commandos. 

As a result, a large hole forms in front of the building’s facade, where a burning car and abandoned fire trucks can also be seen.

The Conservatorium Hotel responds with dismay

After the luxurious building’s untimely destruction in the game was brought to the attention of the hotel manager, they publicly stated that they plan to take necessary steps to ensure the hotel’s name remains intact.

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‘We have taken note of the fact that the Conservatorium Hotel is undesirably the scene of the new Call of Duty. More generally, we don’t support games that seem to encourage the use of violence.”

“The game in no way reflects our core values​​, and we regret our apparent and unwanted involvement. The hotel is still considering possible steps,” hotel manager, Roy Tomassen, tells De Volkskrant.

What do you think about the Conservatorium Hotel’s response? Tell us in the comments below! 👇

Feature Image:Shirrako/YouTube
Gaelle Salem
Gaelle Salem
Born and raised on the island of Sint Maarten, Gaelle moved to the Netherlands in 2018 to attend university. Still trying to survive the erratic Dutch wind and rain, she has taken up the hobby of buying a new umbrella every month. You can probably find her in the centre of The Hague appreciating the Dutch architecture with a coffee in one hand and a slice of appeltaart in the other.


  1. Some crybabies who want some attention, ehat a but hurt this hotel manager. Instead of being happy that his location was the one picked, he’s bringing that corporate bullshit that we don’t encourage bla bla bla.. Bad publicity or good publicity is still publicity


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