Battleship Texas Foundation has announced its joint partnership with Wargaming.net, a leading online game developer and publisher, to preserve the historic naval ship, Battleship TEXAS. Wargaming continues to raise funds through “World of Warships,” its free, online historical combat game that allows participants to command ships from massive naval fleets with history’s most iconic vessels.
Wargaming came to the assistance of Battleship TEXAS shortly after damage incurred by Hurricane Harvey. The gaming company hosted several in-game campaigns that raised awareness and funds, including the donation of proceeds from its charity, Project V.A.L.O.R. Wargaming also created Lone Star Texas bundles for gamers to purchase and customize in-game replicas of the USS TEXAS. To date, the company has raised more than $281,000, and the Lone Star Mission alone has been completed by nearly 1,000 players.
“It is an honor to partner with the Battleship Texas Foundation and donate 100 percent of the gross sales of our custom bundles and flags to restore the ship,” Aleksandr Nikolaev, Wargaming’s North American publishing director said. “We are always trying to educate our players and promote naval history. The USS TEXAS is one of the most popular vessels in ‘World of Warships,’ so gamers jumped at the opportunity to help with real-life preservation efforts.”
A 34-year active-duty veteran and hallmark of honor and strength, the Battleship TEXAS served the United States in both World War I and World War II. Commissioned in 1914 as the most powerful weapon in the world, she is credited with the introduction and innovation of advances in gunnery, aviation and radar. She is the last surviving dreadnought and the only battleship in existence today that fought in both world wars.
Today, the ship suffers constant leaks, averaging more than 300 tons of water per day, leading to significant erosion and deterioration. A team of historians, engineers and preservationists are attempting to move the ship to land. Other restoration efforts include reinforcing the framework and structure, repairs to the flooring and recent additions to the air conditioning system to provide cool air to more sections of the ship.
“We are thrilled to partner with Wargaming on this endeavor. They have a great record of promoting awareness and working to restore military monuments,” Bruce Bramlett, executive director of Battleship Texas Foundation. “Together we can work toward the Foundation’s mission of preserving and enhancing the Battleship TEXAS.”
Wargaming’s new Referral Program initiative, running through March 31, supports the ship’s foundation. For every gamer who is referred to “World of Warships” through the program by an existing player, or create and register a new account via a dedicated website (texaswarship.com), and plays at least one battle in a non-Premium Tier 6 ship, Wargaming will pay $25 to the Foundation. In addition, players will be rewarded with USS Texas for free in-game as a regular prize through the Referral Program. There will be a leaderboard tracking the Top 25 recruiting players, including special rewards once per month.
For more information on Wargaming’s fundraising efforts, visit texaswarship.com.