Completes Week-Long USO Tour in Germany and Kuwait with Donation of
$100,000 Worth of Call of Duty Hits to be Delivered to 50 USO
Entertainment Centers Worldwide
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 19, 2018--
Activision announced today it has donated more than $100,000 worth of
Call of Duty® games to the USO. A library of recent releases,
including Call of Duty®: WWII, Call of Duty®: Black Ops III,
Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty®: Modern
Warfare® Remastered will be shared with more than 50 USO Centers
around the world. The announcement comes in celebration of Call of Duty
and the Call of Duty™ Endowment’s first official USO entertainment tour,
which included stops at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Camp Arifjan and
Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to visit and play Call of Duty: WWII with
active duty and deployed Reserve and National Guard service members.
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Troops playing Call of Duty: WWll. USO Photo by Joe Lee
“We’re honored to have come together with the USO entertainment team
through this extraordinary opportunity to spend time with active duty
service members stationed overseas as a further reflection of our
appreciation and recognition for their service,” said Dan Goldenberg,
Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “The Call of Duty
Endowment shares a common bond with the USO to support the men and women
of our armed forces. Through this tour we visited as many troops as
possible to add some fun to their daily routine. On behalf of the
Endowment, the Call of Duty team and everyone at Activision, we’re
grateful to them for their service.”
Activision’s donation of the library of Call of Duty games have
been distributed to service members stationed throughout the world via
USO’s Holiday for Heroes, Warrior Center USO, USO2GO and other programs.
While visiting Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, as well Camp Arifjan
and Camp Buehring in Kuwait, the Activision team was honored to play the
newest Call of Duty: WWII DLC Pack, The War Machine, with service
members. Following the gameplay sessions, Q&A’s were held with Brian
Miggels from Sledgehammer Games and the troops regarding the game’s
development and season of content. Additionally, throughout the week the
team was treated to various on-base experiences, including Explosive
Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and K-9 Unit special demonstrations, among
others, which provided a unique opportunity to not only meet the men and
women in uniform, but also develop an even greater appreciation for
their talents and professionalism.
“It’s an honor to work with such kind organizations like Activision and
the Call of Duty Endowment,” said Rebecca Medeiros, Center Director, USO
Camp Arifjan. “USO’s mission is to connect service members to family,
home and country and we’re thankful for any interaction that lets them
be themselves in our home away from home.”
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit founded in 2009 by Activision
Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. With a mission to identify and fund the most
effective and efficient employment-focused veteran-serving
organizations, the Endowment has funded more than 43,000 job placements
to date, at an average 2017 cost-per-placement of $504, with an average
starting salary of $58,350, and with a six-month retention rate of 88
Released in 2017, Call of Duty: WWIIis rated M for Mature
and is developed by Sledgehammer Games with additional development
support from Raven Software. 2016’s releases Call of Duty: Infinite
Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Remastered, developed by Raven Software are both rated M for Mature.
Originally released in 2015, Call of Duty: Black Ops III is rated
M for Mature and is developed by Treyarch. Call of Duty is
published by Activision
Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard
To view highlights of the recently completed USO tour, visit: https://blog.activision.com.
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About the Call of Duty Endowment
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit co-founded by Bobby Kotick,
CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment helps veterans find high
quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job
market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the
workplace. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please
About the USO
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them
connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the
nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our
commitment to connect our service members and their families through
countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private,
nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services
and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people,
support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc.
is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment.
Activision maintains operations throughout the world and is a division
of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company. More
information about Activision and its products can be found on the
company's website, www.activision.com
or by following @Activision.
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