Activision Blizzard announced that it donated $2 million to help veterans find high-quality jobs through its Call of Duty
Endowment program. Activision also released a new “Fearless” in-game content pack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
with 100% of proceeds going towards the endowment.The Call of Duty Endowment is Activision-Blizzard’s long-running program helping raise funds for veteran needs. The timing of this month’s donation is also part of National Military Appreciation Month and there’s a social media campaign asking for followers to post photos or names of veterans with the hashtag #CODEFearlessChallenge.
“Military veterans need our support more than ever. With unemployment rates at all-time highs, we know from past experiences that veterans will be far more affected than ordinary citizens,” Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in a statement. “With this donation to the Call of Duty Endowment, we hope to find jobs for at least 4,000 veterans.”
Unemployment has grown multi-fold since the outbreak of COVID-19 aka the novel coronavirus. As businesses close due to the ongoing shelter-in-place order and public spaces become restricted due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, employees have seen their work hours reduced or eliminated.“We’ve seen a huge increase in veterans asking our partners for assistance since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment Dan Goldenberg. “We’ve been committed to helping veterans find meaningful employment for over 10 years, but we’ve never seen anything like this.”
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Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.