Kobe Bryant appeared in a Call of Duty commercial 12 years ago and received quite a bit of backlash from parents.
Kobe Bryant has had some of the most iconic commercials to date. Whether it was his animal/beast commercial with Kanye West or him jumping over a pool of “real” black mambas to promote his new Kobes, the 5x champion knew exactly how to captivate an audience and keep their attention on. the big screen.
At the time of Kobe’s solo stardom with the Lakers, he began forming a partnership with Call of Duty. The CoD franchise skyrocketed to become one of the biggest games around in the mid to late 2000s. Black Ops and Black Ops are among the most iconic games ever released.
So, joining a Call of Duty was a no-brainer for Kobe Bryant at the time. Even nearly a decade later, Bryant still had a strong presence in the gaming world with him investing in Epic Games in late 2019. Jeff Stibel and Kobe’s reasoning for the investment was due to their “Unreal Engine”, the one of the most powerful and expensive. effective game engines in the market.
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Kobe Bryant appears in a Call of Duty ad.
In anticipation of the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops, they released a rather controversial advertisement. The announcement saw Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel, among many others, hurl grenade launchers and assault rifles into a war-torn neighborhood in an exhilarating simulation of what CoD would feel like playing.
The ad unfortunately received an excessive amount of backlash, with the 2008 NBA MVP receiving the most flack. Much has been made of the brutality and violence that Call of Duty promotes in young teens with parents quizzing Bryant on how he could be a part of something like this.
While the subject of rising teenage violence is quite a touchy one, it’s safe to say that regulating assault rifles would do more good than banning a video game.
Either way, Kobe Bryant continued his partnership with Call of Duty, even presenting a million dollar check at the CoD Endowment event. The money would be used to support retired American veterans while providing them with the opportunity to find secure jobs after their service in the country.
Today, we remember Kobe & Gianna Bryant.
As a longtime friend of Activision Blizzard, Kobe has always made time to attend Call of Duty Endowment events and support veteran employment initiatives. Our most sincere condolences and heartfelt condolences go out to all the families affected by this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/K6ONdpf01g
— Call of Duty Endowment (@CODE4Vets) February 24, 2020
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