Space Force Won a Call of Duty Tournament, Then the Trophy Was Launched Into Space

"If you think the trophy's still within reach, think again," a member of the Space Force Gaming team said in a promotional video.

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The trophy was launched into space ahead of the third annual Call of Duty Endowment Bowl on December 16.
The trophy was launched into space ahead of the third annual Call of Duty Endowment Bowl on December 16.
Screenshot: Call of Duty Endowment

Yes, you read all of that correctly. The U.S. Space Force is the reigning champ of the Call of Duty Endowment’s esports league, having secured a trophy in last year’s video game tournament. Space Force is now defending its title and taunting its competitors by launching the trophy into space.

The Call of Duty Endowment is a nonprofit helping unemployed veterans get back on their feet and into jobs, and every year the endowment hosts an annual video game tournament called the Call of Duty Endowment (C.O.D.E.) Bowl. The C.O.D.E. Bowl sees all six branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and three branches of the United Kingdom military competing in the esports tournament, with all proceeds from the competition going towards C.O.D.E.’s mission of getting veterans into high-quality careers.

Space Force won the second annual C.O.D.E. Bowl last year, and ahead of this year’s tournament on December 16 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Space Force trophy was launched into orbit by C.O.D.E. and the UK-based Sent Into Space, and Space Force encouraged its competitors to “come and get it” via permanent marker scribbled on the award. According to a video from C.O.D.E., the trophy was able to survive the intense G-forces and changes in temperature and pressure.

C.O.D.E. Bowl III - Trophy In Space

“This year, the C.O.D.E. Bowl will take Raleigh, North Carolina by storm with a thrilling Warzone 2.0 battle to see if anyone can pry the trophy away from Space Force,” said Dan Goldenberg in a press release. Goldberg is the executive director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “The event will be incredibly fun to watch, but we never lose sight of our important mission of placing the 61% of veterans who identify as being either unemployed or underemployed into meaningful careers.”


The Call of Duty Endowment, which was founded by Activision, awards money to organizations that have a proven record of getting veterans connected with jobs; past grantees include the Salvation Army, Hire Heroes USA, Goodwill, and Operation: Job Ready Placement. C.O.D.E. said in its press release that it spent an average of $547 per veteran in 2021 to place them into jobs, which can include any veteran struggling with professional development, especially after serving in the field.

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Update December 2 3:20 p.m. ET: An earlier version of this article reported that Space Force launched the trophy into space. C.O.D.E. launched the trophy into space with help from UK-based Sent Into Space.