More Than 3,100 Veterans Placed in High-Quality Careers Through
In-Game Program To-Date
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced an expansion of its
in-game program that supports the Call of Duty™ Endowment's nationwide
effort to help veterans find high-quality careers. Launching December 6
for PlayStation®4 and coming soon to Xbox One, the Call of Duty™
Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Courage Personalization Pack for Call of Duty®:
Infinite Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward, includes a full suite
of exclusive content: Weapon Camo and Weapon Accessory, a Reticle and
Emblem, plus an animated Calling Card. All items show the official
colors of the Endowment.
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The Call of Duty™ Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Courage Personalization Pack for Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, developed by Infinity Ward (Graphic: Business Wire)
The pack retails for $4.99 in the in-game store and the Sony and
Microsoft online stores. One hundred percent of Activision proceeds will
go directly to the Endowment's mission to help veterans secure quality
careers when they leave military service. More than 3,100 veterans have
been placed in good jobs through the in-game program to-date.
To celebrate the Courage Personalization Pack, Infinity Ward also will
host a Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare stream from
Infinity Ward's studio. The stream, which will include developers,
members of the game's cast, community members and special guests, will
be broadcast on the Twitch
Infinity Ward channel on December 9 beginning at 11:00 a.m. PST.
"Infinity Ward is thrilled to partner with the Endowment to support
getting vets back to work," said Infinity Ward Studio Head Dave Stohl.
"We've poured our hearts into making the incredibly cool, specially
themed C.O.D.E. Courage personalization pack. The pack features more
ways than ever before to help players demonstrate their charity and show
a willingness to help the most veterans possible as they come home from
war and readjust to civilian life."
The Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation co-founded in
2009 by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. With a mission to identify
and fund the best and most effective employment-focused veteran-serving
organizations, the Endowment has funded over 29,000 job placements to
date at an average 2015 cost-per-placement of less than $600, and with a
six-month retention rate of 89 percent. The Endowment's goal is to place
a total of 50,000 veterans into high-quality jobs by 2019.
"Through our previous mDLC personalization pack and calling card
programs, the Call of Duty community contributed over $1.7 million to
helping the veteran community and placed over 3,100 veterans into good
jobs," said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty
Endowment. "Employment is vital to providing stability when
transitioning from military to civilian life. Infinity Ward, Treyarch,
Sony and Microsoft continue to be indispensable partners in this effort,
as the in-game program would not be possible without their generosity
and commitment. We are grateful for their continued support."
About Activision Blizzard:
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most
successful standalone interactive entertainment company. We delight
nearly 500 million monthly active users around the world through
franchises including Activision's Call of Duty®, Destiny and Skylanders®, Blizzard
Entertainment's World of Warcraft®, StarCraft®, Diablo®, Hearthstone®:
Heroes of Warcraft™ and Overwatch®, and King's Candy
Crush™, Bubble Witch™, Pet Rescue™ and Farm
Heroes™. The company is one of Fortune's ʺ100 Best Companies To Work
For®.ʺ Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision
Blizzard has operations throughout the world, and its games are played
in 196 countries. More information about Activision Blizzard and its
products can be found on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.
About the Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation
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 visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.
ACTIVISION and CALL OF DUTY are trademarks of Activision Publishing,
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