At Wargaming, we work with museums around the world to recover, conserve, and exhibit vehicles from before, during and after World War II. We also support many veterans organizations, donating over $500,000 to charities like AMVETS, Homes for our Troops, Fisher House Foundation, Military Families Fund, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the National Military Family Association, Operation Homefront, and Operation Supply Drop.
As Wargaming and World of Warships continue to grow, so too does our ability to educate our players about the history and valor that inspire our games, and to support the numerous historical landmarks, museums, and organizations that make up our naval heritage.
Also in 2014, we worked with the Battleship Texas Foundation and were able to help raise over one-third of their total goal of turning USS Texas into an interactive museum experience.
Established in 1998, the Battleship Texas Foundation works with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to preserve and enhance the Texas and to help develop the historic ship into a premier hands-on museum and visitor attraction.
In partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and Ballista Digital, Wargaming honored the anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with a free augmented reality app featuring the only ship still in existence that fought in the Battle of Jutland, the WWI cruiser HMS Caroline.
“Since HMS Caroline is permanently anchored in Belfast, Northern Ireland, we proposed to recreate the ship virtually, so she could be part of the Portsmouth exhibition,” said Tracy Spaight, Director of Special Projects at Wargaming. “Our artists painstakingly modeled the ship from the original blueprints and photographs. Museum visitors will be able to see the ship appear in the exhibition hall by downloading the app -- developed by our partner Ballista Digital -- and pointing the camera of their smartphone or tablet at the plinth we constructed. We are delighted to work with the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Ballista Digital to use technology to bring history to life.”
Through this, visitors can see a 3D model of Caroline within the Jutland exhibition on their mobile device, as well as find out more about this incredible ship. To download the HMS Caroline AR Experience App for Android and iOS, Google Play or the Apple App Store.
This year, we began a new project called “Virtually Inside the Warships,” which tells the stories of ships and the people who served on them using 360-degree VR technology -- meeting at the crossing of new media, gaming, and history. Our first subject was HMS Cavalier, the only surviving British Royal Navy destroyer from WWII. We also had special guest Berry Knell, a veteran who served on the Cavalier after WWII and author of the book The Fastest Ship in the Fleet, which tells the "life story" of the ship.
For an in-depth behind the scenes look, check out this piece from Tom’s Hardware.
With an audience of over 145 million registered users, we're proud to bring our reverence for history to our players. World of Warships collaborates with naval museums (many of which are members of the Historic Naval Ships Association Fleet) to produce AAA short-format documentaries, like our "Naval Legends" and "1:42" series.