Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty charity, Call of Duty Endowment, has reached an important milestone. The charity announced it has now put 100,000 military veterans into new civilian jobs, hitting the 100,000 mark two years ahead of schedule.
Additionally, Activision Blizzard said it plans to invest an additional $ 30 million in Call of Duty Endowment to support its goals over the next five years.
The Call of Duty Endowment was founded in 2009 with the aim of helping soldiers and other military personnel in the United States and the United Kingdom find new jobs after leaving the service.
Retired US Marine Corps General James Jones, who is a co-chair of the charity, said he was proud of the 100,000 figure, but acknowledged that there is “much, much more we can.” and we should do to support our veteran community as they transition to civilian work. “
As for the new $ 30 million round of funding, it adds to the $ 60 million that Activision Blizzard has already invested to help fund the placement of those 100,000 jobs. With the new funding, the Call of Duty Endowment aims to fund the placement of an additional 50,000 jobs through grants.
Call of Duty Endowment Executive Director and Vice President Dan Goldenberg said veterans “need assistance more than ever” right now during the pandemic due to employment problems affecting the job market.
Activision Blizzard also released a new white paper, titled “Lessons Learned for the Future of Veteran Occupation,” which contains a series of insights and data on former servicemen finding new jobs after leaving the military. It says less than 1 / 10th of 1% of the $ 300 billion the US government spends on supporting veterans is focused on job placement. Data in The Veterans Metrics Initiative white paper showed that 61% of veterans are underemployed and that 55% said they believe they have skills and experience beyond the jobs they currently have.
The Endowment is also partially funded by fans who purchase digital content for Activision’s games. In 2021, Treyarch released a DLC pack inspired by former army doctor Tim Hobbs for Black Ops Cold War, the proceeds of which went in part to the Endowment. There was also the Revival Challenge in Call of Duty Warzone for Military Appreciation Month which raised funds for the endowment.
It is not immediately clear what impact, if any, Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard could have on the budget. Keep checking with GameSpot for the latest news.
As for the Call of Duty series, 2022 will see the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the next Warzone experience. The development of both is led by Infinity Ward, with support from Activision’s network of studios.
Activision Blizzard has come under pressure and scrutiny lately for its workplace culture, as well as the controversies surrounding its boss, Bobby Kotick, who is accused of knowing and hiding cases of sexual harassment and abuse. Kotick also reportedly threatened to kill someone.
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