This year marks the tenth anniversary of Call of Duty Endowment, or CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans transition back into civilian life and find employment. Co-founded by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and former National Security Advisor General James Jones, the organization is celebrating this milestone by teaming up with decorated veteran and former Secretary of Defense General James Mattis to launch the “Hire.Honor.” campaign.
This isn’t the first time Activision Blizzard has worked directly with the organization. The publisher has contributed to CODE before, donating all the proceeds from the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC C.O.D.E. Jump Pack to the organization and their mission. At the same time, the publisher launched a special PlayStation 4 theme for $2.99, giving all of that money to the charity as well.
This time around, Activision is helping the cause in a few different ways. Call of Duty: Mobile, which was released for iOS and Android devices on October 1 of this year, will see a special Endowment-themed skin pack released this Monday, November 11. There’s no word yet on how much that pack will cost.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players on Twitch are getting into the action as well. Streams with the CODE clan tags are playing for the cause and watching those streams can get players certain in-game benefits. Watching for an hour will earn players thirty minutes of double XP while watching for two hours will earn players a Call of Duty Endowment calling card to use in the game as well.
All of the proceeds Activision generates through these campaigns will go straight to the charity. Popular gamer Dr. Disrespect and professional basketball player Klay Thompson are also involved, working with fundraising platform Omaze to let one lucky gamer play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with them in a Twitch live stream. If Thompson is as accurate in the game as he is with his three-pointers, that gamer is in for a rude awakening.
Over the last ten years, Call of Duty Endowment has helped 63,000 veterans transition back to civilian life and find quality jobs after coming home from the service. Their goal is to reach 100,000 veterans helped by the year 2024. If you’re interested in helping the organization in a way other than (or in addition to) buying the content pack or watching the Twitch streams, they regularly sell merchandise on their own Amazon store.