Just like every year, around the time of the holiday season, Blizzard starts to run its charity campaign. This is one area of the company that far surpasses other companies and sets a very high precedence.
As stated on their site, “When you purchase the in-game pet by December 31, 2018 either in the Blizzard Shop or from the in-game shop, we’ll donate 100% of the purchase price* to Code.org.” This lets gamers feel good about making this purchase, knowing that while we get a small gift, we are giving back to communities all over the world.
So, what is Code.org? It is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to expanding access to computer sciences in schools and it also focuses on increasing the opportunities for computer sciences for women and minorities. Every year Code.org hosts the event #hourofcode; this event is one hour of programming that is taught to students and anyone that wants to participate around the world. Last year, this reached 10% of students, which is fantastic. Computer programming and coding has proven in the last few years that it is becoming an integral part of society, so it’s important for our children to learn these skills.
Also, anytime anyone is wanting to have a crash course on coding, all they have to do is head over to Code.org and start playing some games. These games start by teaching the very basics, and are pretty entertaining.
I think Blizzard chose wisely this year and I can’t wait to get my Whomper. 🙂
If in game pets aren’t your thing, you can still support the cause by purchasing a plushie Whomper in the Blizzard Gear Store.
Check out Code.org and maybe try your hand at the tutorial and learn some coding. Or just help support others that want to learn and make our future a little better. 🙂