OpTic Gaming will be featured in the Call of Duty Endowment’s 2016 Race to Prestige, an around-the-clock, relay-style video game marathon sponsored exclusively by Best Buy, which is sponsoring for the second-straight year. The event will be streamed live from OpTic Gaming House in the Chicago area starting on November 3, 2016, at 2:00 PM CDT on Call of Duty®’s official Twitch channel and on MLG.tv. It also can be followed on Twitter through the hashtag #RaceToPrestige. It will run continuously through November 7, 2016, at 8:00 AM CDT. This year, the gamers will take on Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, the highly anticipated new release from the Call of Duty® franchise.
The Race to Prestige is gaming with a purpose: OpTic Gaming is 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. The gamers have teamed up with stream-for-charity website Tiltify, which prompts audience members to donate as they watch. Every cent received by the Call of Duty Endowment will go directly to funding veteran employment programs. To sweeten the pot, Best Buy is providing 500 Gamers Club Unlocked memberships to viewers who donate $25 to the Call of Duty Endowment. Additionally, Activision Blizzard has pledged it will match up to $500,000 in donations.
Since 2009, the Endowment has funded the placement of over 29,000 veterans into high quality jobs, and it recently committed to placing a total of 50,000 veterans by 2019. Organizations supported by the Endowment had an average cost-per-placement of $596 in 2015—less than one-fifth the cost of federal placement programs.
“Even as national unemployment numbers go down, the number of young unemployed veterans asking for help continues to rise. Today, young veterans are out of work at a disproportional rate of three times the national average,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “Every dollar received by the Endowment from the Race to Prestige goes directly to solving this issue and placing veterans into quality jobs. We’re grateful for the overwhelming support from the Call of Duty community, OpTic, Activision Blizzard, Best Buy, and all who participate in the Race to Prestige.”
“We are excited and honored to team with the Call of Duty Endowment, as well as our veterans in finding fulfilling careers,” said Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez of OpTic Gaming. “They gave everything in defense of our freedom and we’re going to rally the power of the Green Wall to show our thank you.”
Since its start in 2003, the Call of Duty® franchise continues to be among the most highly anticipated game launches. Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare is developed by Infinity Ward 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 4, 2016.