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Call of Duty video game tournament Dec. 11 pits US, UK armed forces against each other for charity

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The day before the annual Army-Navy football game, an even larger interservice rivalry will be contested on video game battlefields.

The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) Bowl on Dec. 11 will match teams consisting of esports athletes from each branch of the U.S. military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Space Force — as well as members of the United Kingdom’s British Army, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy.

The matches, played on the recently-released “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” game, will broadcast live starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on the Call of Duty YouTube and Twitch channels.

“The eight teams representing military branches in the four-hour tournament will each have two popular Call of Duty streamers on board, one serving as captain, and will be coached by a Call of Duty League professional. Well-known streamers joining the teams include Courage, LEGIQN, Huskerrs, Swagg, Espresso, Vikkstar, Tommey, C9Emz, and Spratt.

“We are proud to have the United States and the United Kingdom militaries come together to participate in the C.O.D.E. Bowl,” said Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “This will be the first time all military branches have come together for a spirited esports competition with the added bonus of raising awareness for veteran employment and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with USAA to make this happen.”

USAA is presenting the event, which is the second annual C.O.D.E. Bowl. Last year’s inaugural competition included the U.S. Army Esports Team and top streamers.

Scuf Controllers is another event partner and Ram Trucks will give away a 2021 Ram 1500 Built To Serve special edition truck to a veteran recently placed into a job by the Call of Duty Endowment, which says it has funded the placement of more than 77,000 veterans into jobs. All net proceeds from the event will support the endowment in job placement and raising awareness about getting veterans back to work.

During the tournament, you can visit to donate or find more ways to support the Endowment.


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