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Bobby Kotick urges US companies to hire veterans

Bobby Kotick urges US companies to hire veterans

Thu 22 Mar 2012 9:36am GMT / 5:36am EDT / 2:36am PDT

Activision-Blizzard CEO asks private enterprise to meet the challenge presented by returning vets

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Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has issued a plea to American companies to improve their employment rates for returning veterans.

In an editorial published by the Huffington Post, Kotick reacts to a report from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, which puts unemployment among veterans of post-9/11 conflicts at 12.1 per cent - significantly higher than the national average of 8.3 per cent.

The most seriously affected demographic is males aged 18 to 24, which has an unemployment rate of 29.1 per cent, versus a national average of 17.6 per cent.

"While the Federal Government is trying its best, there is one school of thought that says it's not a public policy issue in the first place," Kotick states. "It's private enterprise that can create jobs and fill them. It's business that can train people and make them productive tax-payers."

Despite the ambiguous politics of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Kotick believes that returning veterans won't be greeted with the scorn that Vietnam veterans faced, and he praises the work of the "dozens" of non-profit organisations already helping vets find work.

"The model is simple. The impact is real. Imagine if thousands of U.S. companies got involved. Our returning vets are a huge untapped asset for commerce," Kotick continues.

"Our troops are home. It's time for American business to replace the yellow ribbons with help wanted signs."

Kotick is co-chairman of the Call of Duty Endowment, which donates a share of the market-leading series' revenue to help veterans find jobs. According to IRS documents obtained by Vox Games, the endowment gave more than a million dollars in the 12-month period ending June 30 2011 - a year-on-year increase of 480 per cent.

Activision-Blizzard has also announced the appointment of a new co-chairman for the endowment: General James L. Jones USMC, a former US national security advisor with more than 40 years of experience.


Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

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2 thumbs up!

Posted:2 years ago


Thomas Dolby
Project Manager / Lead Programmer

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It's good to see he's not completely evil haha.

Posted:2 years ago


Joshua Rose
Executive Producer / Lead Designer

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After all, who better to oversee conceptual development of the next Call of Duty game?

Posted:2 years ago


Tom Pickard
Lead Environment Artist - Campaign Map

308 382 1.2
maybe use some of the money he "saved" from sacking 600 people to hire some veterans and do what he preach's?

I'm all for veterans having fairer employment chances (I have relatives who are veterans and current military), but it mustn't be positive discrimination. They must be right for the job, rather than given a job because they're a vet.

Its a tough job market and having people with no relevant skills competeing against people with degrees etc makes it distorted reading. Government and Veteran services should be working harder to make sure Veterans are getting training and experince in environments that will benefit them employment wise.

Posted:2 years ago


Luke Salvoni
Co-Founder & iOS Developer

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Wow, $1m in a year.... slow down!

Posted:2 years ago


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