For over 40 years, Activision has been changing the way people play. In the process, we have built one of the largest portfolios of recognized brands, and today we are one of the most valuable interactive entertainment companies in the world.
Founded on Oct. 1, 1979 as the first independent video game software developer and distributor, the company launched a series of multi-million unit selling titles in the early 1980s for the Atari 2600 including Pitfall, Kaboom! and River Raid. And since then, Activision has created some of the most iconic and memorable game experiences of all time.
Activision was founded in innovation. This doesn't just include great games but also in the way games are produced, marked and sold. It has been said that without Activision, the videogame industry could have been a very different place.
On Veterans Day 2014, Activision launched its first annual Veterans Day of Service. Hundreds of Activision employees loaded up on buses and traveled to work sites around the Greater Los Angeles and Minneapolis areas to support local veteran organizations. Fast forward to 2018, over 800 employees from across each of our independent game development studios and divisions volunteered their time and came together in service of 28 veteran organizations across 30 project sites in the US and UK.
From painting to landscaping, to preparing meal packs and sorting warehouses of donated food for homeless veterans, our service projects are designed to meet the outstanding needs of those local organizations. In 2018, we also coordinated a special Day of Service for our summer interns to give them a sense of our commitment to service and what the veteran community means to us. The Veterans Day of Service is a way for our employees to directly show support for veterans, outreach to our local communities and helps create an immense bond within our teams.
For many of us it’s one of the best days of the year.