Blizzard Has A History of Giving
$108.4 billion. That is what the global video game industry made last year. With so much revenue being brought into the market, it is always refreshing to see large development companies giving back. Blizzard is one of the most charitable video game developers in the world, having donated and raised millions of dollars to various charities through their in-game content and charity events. Back in July, Blizzard raised $12.7 million through its “Pink Mercy” downloadable skin for breast cancer research. This is the single largest corporate donation that the Breast Cancer Research Foundation has ever received.
With such a history of benevolence, it is no surprise that Blizzard decided to showcase its latest cause at BlizzCon 2018. Partnering with Code.org, Blizzard is not only raising money for a worthy cause but it is also giving World of Warcraft players the opportunity to have an abominable and adorable new pet.
Whomper to the Rescue!
Whomper is the first of the new charity pets to be offered to players during the BfA expansion. He is described as an “adventurous pet with a curious nature.” This pet interacts with characters by giving them a headbutt everytime he wants to play. Blizzard is even selling a plushie version of Whomper in the Blizzard Gear Store.
If you are wanting to contribute to this charity drive, it best to get a hold on Whomper soon. If you purchase the in-game pet or plushy by December 31st of this year, 100% of the proceeds will go to supporting Code.org.
Code.org and Its Mission
Code.org is a non-profit organization that seeks to put technology in the hands of those who do not have access to it. It is dedicated to expanding computer sciences in schools as well as encouraging participation among women and underrepresented minorities. This organization has been wildly successful over the past few years in developing curriculum for schools K-12 nationwide. Now they are setting their sites for an international audience.
Each year, right around December, Code.org hosts an Hour of Code campaign that engages students the world over. This campaign is something that everyone can help with. Code.org is asking individuals to host an Hour of Code event in their communities during computer science week. This year the event will take place on December 3rd through the 9th. If you are interested in learning more about this, click on the link here.
Be a Part of Something Bigger
Charities are a great way to give something back in a world that seems to always want more. As fun as it is to raise your gear score and become the strongest player in the game; that has relatively no impact on the real world. Blizzard is giving you an opportunity to change that through adopting Whomper. Be a part of something bigger this year; support a charity.