You gotta love irony. Minutes after hearing that Infinity Ward has nothing bad to say about Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, we learn the publisher in question is being all generous.
As reported by The Washington Post , Activision plans to lift the lid on a non-profit organization tomorrow – the official launch day of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – that will "help soldiers transition to civilian careers." This endeavor, which will require $1 million of Activision's cash, will be dubbed "CODE" ("Call of Duty Endowment") and the advisory council members include a number of military veterans; Kotick clearly believes that some worldly good should come out of the game's guaranteed immense success. As he told the Post:
"The joblessness rate that [veterans] should have should be far less than the national average, not more. How do you expect people to actually join the military if when they leave the military they can't integrate back into the free market they're supposed to be protecting?"
The percentage of unemployed veterans is indeed too high; 18% of those who left the military in the past three years were unemployed according to a 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs employment survey. We're not entirely sure how they plan to combat this problem but at the very least, it's not a bad idea and charity is something that other big publishers may wish to consider. Heck, they're makin' a ton of cash; how's about tossing a bit of it around for the benefit of others?
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2