Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Military Veterans Charity Tournament Coming Soon With US And UK Branches
Activision’s Call of Duty-branded veterans’ charity, The Call of Duty Endowment, has announced details for this year’s CODE Bowl event, which will be expanded from last year.
Held on December 11 and sponsored by the USAA, the CODE Bowl sees a big change this year as all five branches of the US military will participate via their own eSports teams, while international military organizations will also participate.
Three new teams from the US Marine Corps, US Air Force and US Space Force will compete this year, while the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy will also participate.
“We are proud that the armies of the United States and United Kingdom are coming together to compete in the CODE Bowl,” Call of Duty Endowment Executive Director Dan Goldenberg said in a statement.
Here’s how the real CODE Bowl will play out. The tournament begins at 10:00 a.m. PT on December 11, with eight total teams competing in a Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournament. The teams consist of a popular Call of Duty streamer, a “top influencer”, and the soldiers from the United States and United Kingdom. You can watch the tournament on YouTube and Twitch.
The list of participating military branches includes the US Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Space Force, while UK participants include the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Streamers who will be playing on their teams include Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, Spratt and others to be announced later.
Scuf Controllers is one of this year’s CODE Bowl sponsors, and the company donates all net proceeds from the event to the Call of Duty Endowment. Additionally, Ram Trucks is giving away a special edition 2021 Ram 1500 Built To Serve truck to a military veteran throughout the event.
The new Air Force Gaming Group released its own statement on the news today, confirming that its Air Force and Space Force branches are excited to participate in the event.
Broadcasts of AFG games will be broadcast from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The players themselves will participate remotely. To join the AFG team, soldiers had to progress in an open tournament involving more than 200 teams.
The AFG was formed in part to help improve the mental health of soldiers by creating virtual communities through games. More than 10,000 military men and women took part in the initiative, AFG said.
“Air Force Gaming exists to build resilience and foster a community of support, mental wellness and inclusion for all interested members of the Air Force and Space Force services,” said the founder of the company. ‘AFG, Captain Oliver Parsons. “These friendly competitions are great for morale across all branches and are a great showcase for the work Air Force Gaming is doing to establish a vibrant and positive culture throughout the Air Force Department. I look forward to watching the First-ever Air Force and Space Force esports teams dominate the competition!”
On top of that, the AFG has confirmed that they will be hosting their own tournaments throughout December for those in the service who are deployed. “AFG hopes to provide a brilliant alternative to missed family vacations by hosting friendly competitions and rallying the Air Force and space communities around those currently serving overseas,” said said the group.
Since its inception in 2009, the Call of Duty endowment has helped place more than 77,000 military veterans into jobs, and the organization aims to have that number hit 100,000 by 2024. According to Activision, the average cost for placing a veteran in a job through the Call of Duty endowment was $500 in 2019, which compares to thousands through the US government.
The first DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was a Call of Duty Endowment cosmetic pack, the proceeds of which helped support military veterans. Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 also has DLC that supports the charity.
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