#TheRace has trended worldwide on Twitter and other social media networks when last year’s Call of Duty: Race to Prestige was held and gathered over 2.5 million viewers to see five gamer personalities stream their Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay. The Race to Prestige campaign was launched as a fundraising effort for the Call of Duty Endowment, which helps raising awareness of employment challenges that veterans are faced with every day.
As for this year’s Race to Prestige, Activision Publishing Inc. has partnered with Twitch.tv and Best Buy to bring us the most anticipated streaming marathon of the soon to be released Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Although we encourage you to check out the full press release of the upcoming event scheduled on November 4th, here are a few detail we know about this year’s marathon.
The official launch date of Call of Duty: Black Ops III is November 6, but from 12pm PST on November 5th until 5pm PST on November 10th, the Call of Duty: 2015 Race to Prestige will start streaming from the Treyarch Studious in Santa Monica, California. The five YouTube personalities that will guide you through the Black Ops III gameplay continuously for 5 days are: TmarTn, GoldGloveTV, iiJERiiCHOii, whom you’ve also saw in the last year’s race accompanied by Hutch and VernNotice. As you can see, this year’s participants are all very well known in game streaming communities and have a lot of tips and trick to offer us about the forthcoming Call of Duty we’re waiting to get our hands on.
More importantly, this streaming marathon event is the best way of raising awareness about The Call of Duty Endowment that helps veterans integrate back into society and finds them suiting employment opportunities since 2009. This non-profit organization, fully supported by Activision, is raising funds from audience members under the form of donations during The Race. All donated funds go directly to The Call of Duty Endowment, which has already proudly helped over 17,000 veterans by finding them jobs or directing them to group supports that assist them in finding careers.
Also, this week The Call of Duty Endowment has awarded three veteran serving organizations with the Prestigious Seal of Distinction. Operation: Job Ready Veterans from Indianapolis, Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence from Colorado and Paralyzed Veterans of America are the awarded organizations. Alongside their recognition, they will receive from The Call of Duty Endowment’s behalf a $30,000 grant and the opportunity of applying for additional funding.
All in all, the upcoming marathon isn’t only about the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops III or our pure entertainment of watching gaming streams while learning tips and tricks for our future gameplays, it is also about giving to those in need. Needless to say, this type of event encourages donations which do a lot of good to our veterans who find themselves unemployed, psychologically damaged or physically disabled as they fight our wars.