Wargaming, the developer and publisher of the World of Warships video game, has announced a partnership with ocean conservation charity FORCE BLUE as well as a collaboration with King Features’ iconic character Popeye.
Taking place in June during World Ocean Month, the limited run of themed in-game content will benefit FORCE BLUE.
In support of FORCE BLUE’s efforts, Wargaming will be donating US$50,000 (~€46,740) to the charity organization. In addition, 10% of the net revenue generated from the sale of Popeye items will also be shared in support of the charity following the conclusion of the campaign.
FORCE BLUE focuses on resolving two issues, the deterioration of the planet’s marine ecosystems and the difficulties far too many military veterans face when their service ends and they no longer have a mission. The organization brings highly qualified veterans from special forces under the instruction of renowned scientists and environmentalists. Through this training, these veterans are equipped to travel to different parts of the world, carrying out missions to preserve and restore marine biodiversity.
FORCE BLUE will also be joining World of Warships for a World Ocean Day Twitch live stream event on June 8th. As a part of the livestream, FORCE BLUE co-founder Rudy Reyes and Special Projects & Events Director Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez will discuss the charity’s two-fold mission, providing insight into the importance of marine conservation, as well as how the organization works to support the mental health of veterans during and after their transition back to civilian life.
FORCE BLUE Co-Founder and Executive Director Jim Ritterhoff said:
“FORCE BLUE is honored to be partnering with World of Warships in support of World Ocean Month. I don’t think there’s a single veteran on our team who isn’t a fan of Popeye, and so to be working with the two of them, while championing our mission of preserving and restoring the world’s marine ecosystems is an incredible opportunity.”
Beginning today, June 1st, the Popeye Charity Bundle includes two Commanders, Popeye and Bluto, equipped with unique voice overs, as well as two flags and a unique camouflage for the Tier VII USS Colorado. In addition, throughout the month of June until July 1st, World of Warships will also see a special “Save the Ocean” chain of missions equipped with weekly sprints and a free themed container waiting at the end.
The Twitch live stream will take place on the official World of Warships channel.
Check out a World of Warships video featuring Popeye and Bluto, as well as one of the partnership between Wargaming and FORCE BLUE below.