PSA: How To Activate Your Call Of Duty Elite Founder Status

The internet is alight with the cries of thousands of Call of Duty fans who have met the conditions for Call of Duty: Elite Founder status, but have yet to see the wonderful Green Skull indicating their status. We feel you – I haven’t received my Green Skull of Founderness either. But fear not, it’s actually not that big of a thing. Allow us to walk you through the very simple process:

1) Bear in mind that the launch of Elite has had a few problems. Activision is supposedly hard at work resolving them. More specifically, issues affecting PSN or XBLA will facilitate delay. Just chill to the next episode.

2) Remember that the PC version of Elite is totally not up to speed right now. Again, chill to the next episode.

3) Assuming you’ve ruled out the above issues, first bear in mind you need to purchase Call of Duty Elite premium via the marketplace by November 13th, 2011. I’m assuming you’ve already done that, but just in case, go do that if you haven’t.

4) If you have the hardened edition, activate the Elite membership code that comes with it on PSN or XBLA, depending. Do this by November 13th.

5) Alternately, if you’re lazy and don’t feel like entering that lengthy code using your controller, you can sign up via computer, using the code on the back of the Founder card included with the Hardened edition. Just go to and follow the instructions. NOTE: according to Activision customer service, you can do this even after the November 13 deadline passes, though I’d probably err on the side of doing it now.

6) Finally, Activision has stated it will take up to 48 hours before Founder status is activated in your account.

We hope we’ve been able to help. As a thank you, please kindly don’t kill me mercilessly in multiplayer. Thanks.

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10 Comments on PSA: How To Activate Your Call Of Duty Elite Founder Status


On November 27, 2011 at 8:50 am

you know the little card you get in the Hardened edition how eo you activate it i went to the Website all it said was deadline extended to 11/30/11


On December 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I just bought cod elite premium for my 360 but received no titles or emblems and have not noticed anything different between my premium and my regular elite.please help thank you for your time.


On December 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

Just purchased CoD elite to find nothing happened! Its a load of rubbish! Scamed me I guess, no titles, gold clan tags, nothing! ITS A BLOODY SCAM!!!!!!!!!! What is the point of saying you will get all of this and not giving it to people and just taking their money?!?!


On January 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

what ye mean by hardened edition never got dat option when getting the game im an elite member on ps3


On January 26, 2012 at 1:48 am

U r all idiots. U need 2 have hardened edition 2 activate the founder status.

Plus u need to have linked your accounts with elite website


On January 26, 2012 at 3:16 am

Can u also learn to write ass well thanks


On March 7, 2012 at 3:50 am

hey i pre ordered hardened edition then i went away with work for a couple of months,when i returned i tried the premium code and that worked but i cant get founder status,any suggestions.


On March 14, 2012 at 8:25 am

there must be an issue with the elite, because i just bought my elite membership a week ago, not founder status mind you. And yet yesterday it told me i was a founder, i got the winter camo, and the titles and emblems. Has this happened to anyone else? and also if it has and your in a clan, leave the clan and get reinvited for 500 xp, this happened to my clans leader as well and it was a free 1000xp

sold13r Barbz

On March 16, 2012 at 4:21 am

all you need to do after signing up is check your Hotmail inbox you should have a confirmation code off elit then check your call of duty game :)


On April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

what if i do not activate with email can i still use elite premium