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Costco and GameStop Join Activision Blizzard to Support Veteran Hiring with Special Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Holiday Season Items

Call of Duty®: Black Ops III Dog Tags Available at Costco. (Photo: Business Wire)

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced merchandising partnerships with Costco Wholesale Corporation and GameStop Corp. to support the Call of Duty Endowment’s nationwide work to help veterans find high-quality careers after military service. Costco will sell exclusive, limited edition dog tags packaged with the highly-anticipated Call of Duty®: Black Ops IIIin its U.S. stores, and GameStop will offer an exclusive limited edition Call of Duty®: Black Ops III challenge coin—sold separately from the game—in its stores. These unique items will be available on November 6, 2015, in conjunction with the Call of Duty®: Black Ops III launch. All profits from sales of the dog tags and challenge coins will go towards the Call of Duty Endowment’s support for organizations that prepare veterans to reenter the job market.

“More than 500,000 veterans are unemployed in the United States today, and young veterans are out of work at a rate three times greater than the national average”

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Since its creation in 2009, the Call of Duty Endowment has made significant progress towards its mission to identify and fund the best and most effective veterans serving organizations. With an ambitious goal of placing 25,000 veterans in jobs by the end of 2018, the Endowment is well on its way to beating this target, having funded more than 17,000 placements to date. Participation by GameStop and Costco in previous years has directly funded the placement of over 2,600 veterans into jobs. The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit, public benefit corporation.

“More than 500,000 veterans are unemployed in the United States today, and young veterans are out of work at a rate three times greater than the national average,” said Brian Hodous, Chief Customer Officer of Activision Blizzard. “As we approach...


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