In 2019, the Call of Duty Endowment positioned greater than 11,000 veterans into high-quality jobs and raised funding to position 16,000 extra.

Now in its tenth 12 months, the charitable group mentioned it has positioned greater than 66,000 veterans into jobs so far, thanks to assist from grantees, company companions, the gaming neighborhood, and Activision Blizzard staff.

The group mentioned it’s nicely on its solution to hitting its objective of 100,000 placements by 2024. It most likely didn’t harm that 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was the best-selling sport of the 12 months and it was additionally one of many largest video games so far within the collection.

Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard and cofounder of the Call of Duty Endowment, mentioned in a press release that the precise quantity positioned was 11,661 veterans, and the price of placement stays a fraction of the Department of Labor’s placement expense. He mentioned the typical beginning wage is over $60,000, and over 81% of placements are in jobs lasting one 12 months or longer.

“Things really came together for us. The popularity of Modern Warfare certainly didn’t hurt,” mentioned Dan Goldenberg, government director of Call of Duty Endowment, in an interview with GamesBeat. “The sentiment was incredibly positive, and the revenue from [CODE] in-game items was three times higher than ever before. We were super happy about that, and that will enable us to place more vets in the future.”

Call of Duty Endowment placed 11,000 veterans into jobs in 2019

Call of Duty Endowment placed 11,000 veterans into jobs in 2019

Above: Call of Duty Endowment bought proceeds from Night Raid artwork purchases.

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The endowment mentioned the financial worth created via veteran first-year salaries alone is greater than $700 million. In addition, the endowment mentioned:

  • Average price per placement: $499 (1/sixth the Department of Labor’s price, decrease than prices in previous years)
  • Placements for full-time work: 93%
  • Placements for post-9/11 veterans: 90%
  • Women placements: 19% (in comparison with 16% presently within the army)
  • 6-month retention price: 88%
  • 12-month retention price: 81%
  • Average beginning wage: $60,733 (virtually double nationwide annual median private earnings and the best ever)
  • Social media attain: 286.eight million

Goldenberg mentioned the standard of job placements was good, with the typical wage stage reaching an all-time excessive. He credited the sport improvement group at Infinity Ward, which created 11 objects and a Defender Pack that was out there for buy on the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The proceeds from that pack went to the endowment, and Activision Blizzard marketed it quite a bit.

During the 12 months, the endowment launched the #HireHonor PSA that includes former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, which honors the worth that former members of the army deliver to the civilian workforce. You can see within the embedded video.

Celebrity supporters on Twitter included Pharrell, Kim Kardashian, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Adriana Lima, Kerry Washington, and extra. Vice News and the NFL supported the trigger, and the HireHonor video had 6 million views on TV, digital, and cellular platforms.

Goldenberg mentioned Defender Pack turned the endowment’s largest and most profitable digital merchandise so far. On prime of that, the CODE Bowl, produced with U.S. Army Esports, was considered by 1.three million folks, and it funded 838 veteran placements, or greater than a battalion of troopers.

The endowment additionally activated digital objects in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled and Call of Duty: Mobile, with all proceeds going to the endowment. It additionally partnered with GameStop, Costco, Humble Bundle, Pilot Flying J, Yogscast’s Jingle Jam, NBA star Klay Thompson, and streamer Dr. Disrespect.