Event Proceeds to Support Call of Duty Endowment’s Mission to
Place Veterans into High-Quality Jobs
SANTA MONICA, Calif.–#COD–Gaming personalities TmarTn, GoldGloveTV, iiJeriichoii, Hutch, and
VernNotice today announced they are reuniting for the Call of Duty Endowment’s 2017 Race to Prestige, an around-the-clock, relay-style video game marathon sponsored by ASTRO Gaming. This year, the gamers will take on Call
of Duty®: WWII, the highly-anticipated new release from
Activision. The event will be streamed live from developer Sledgehammer
Games’ studio in the San Francisco area starting on November 2,
2017, at 10:00 am PT on Twitch – twitch.tv/therace.
It also can be followed on Twitter through the hashtag #TheRace.
It will run continuously through November 5, 2017, at 6:00 pm PT, with
appearances from special guests, including cast members from the game.
The premier partner of the Race to Prestige this year is ASTRO
Gaming, makers of pro video gaming equipment. Scuf Gaming, creators of handcrafted professional controllers and high-end gaming accessories, are also supporting the event.
The Race to Prestige is gaming with a purpose, with the goal of raising
money for the Call of Duty Endowment (“the Endowment”), which identifies and funds
best-in-class veteran organizations that get unemployed veterans back to
work. In the last year alone, organizations supported by the Endowment
placed 11,615 veterans into jobs at an average cost-per-placement of
$619—less than one fifth the cost of federal placement programs. Since
the program’s launch in 2009, the Endowment and its grantees have placed
more than 40,000 veterans into full-time jobs.
The streamers have teamed up with stream-for-charity website Tiltify,
which encourages audience members to donate as they watch. Every cent
received by the Call of Duty Endowment will go directly to funding
veteran employment programs. In the last two years alone, The Race to
Prestige has raised $291,000 in donations, which has resulted in placing
more than a battalion of veterans into high-quality employment.
Additionally, Activision Blizzard has pledged to match up to $500,000 in
The streamers behind #TheRace include:
- iiJeriichoii’s content revolves around gaming comedy and skits. He is well known for
his high-energy and fun-playing attitude. He has garnered more than
1,190,000 YouTube subscribers and 688,000 Twitter followers.
- TmarTn is known for his tips and tricks in Call of Duty®. He has worked
with Activision to create Call of Duty® strategy guides and is
arguably the #1 source for any Call of Duty® tips. This makes TmarTn a
notable gaming resource to his 3,312,500 YouTube subscribers,
1,064,000 Twitter followers and 600,000 Instagram followers.
- GoldGloveTV offers content revolving around lets-plays and group multiplayer
videos. He is well known for his down-to-earth, genuine personality
and collaboration videos with other notable YouTubers. He boasts
1,350,000 YouTube subscribers, 430,000 Twitter followers, 1,257,000
Twitch followers and 175,000 Instagram followers.
- Hutch was one of the first gamers in the YouTube world. He quickly grew in
popularity until he was hired as one of the faces of the Machinima
Respawn channel. He paved the way for many current YouTubers, and is
now a regular streamer on Twitch. He has 938,000 YouTube subscribers,
370,000 Twitter followers and 273,000 loyal Twitch followers.
- VernNotice has been active in the gaming community since 2009. He’s a
full-time variety streamer, and has made a name for himself as one of
the funniest on Twitch with over 210,000 followers and 79,000 Twitter
“Every dollar we raise for the Call of Duty Endowment goes directly to
placing veterans into quality jobs,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive
Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “We’re grateful for the support
from these awesome streamers, Activision, ASTRO Gaming, Scuf Gaming, and
all who participate in the Race to Prestige.”
Since its start in 2003, the Call of Duty® franchise continues to be
among the most-highly anticipated game launches. Call of Duty®:
WW II is developed by Sledgehammer Games and published by
Activision. The game is set to be released for PlayStation®4 computer
entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment
system from Microsoft and PC on Friday, November 3, 2017.
About Activision Publishing:
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc.
is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of
interactive entertainment and leisure products.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway,
Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the
region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can
be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.
About the Call of Duty Endowment:
The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit foundation co-founded by
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment helps veterans
find high quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the
job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the
workplace. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please
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