CoD: Black Ops II will broadcast live matches via YouTube

By on November 8, 2012, 2:00 PM

Black Ops II, a new installment of the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise is set to debut this month, and with it Activision and Treyarch plan to embrace an interesting new feature: live streaming of multiplayer sessions. Today the publisher announced that YouTube will be providing the platform for this console-exclusive venture, with an exclusive channel where players will be able to live broadcast their faux military prowess.

The live-streaming feature will be tightly integrated into the (now free) Call of Duty Elite service and is exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. The only requirement is having a YouTube account.

Users can activate the option under the League Play game mode and start broadcasting matches over the web right away. The latter is a new seasonal, bracket-based matchmaking system that keeps gamers paired with others matching their own skill level based on how well they do in several test matches.

Those watching live matches will have ability to switch between several different views, including a picture-in-picture mode that allows toggling between the game camera and map top-down view. In addition to gameplay footage, gamers will also be able to stream webcam and audio commentary while playing.

Activision and Treyarch hope that the new feature will make Black Ops II into a popular eSport.

"With our competitive play and eSports initiatives, we wanted to deliver live streaming capabilities built right into Call of Duty: Black Ops II, because Call of Duty is not only fun and exciting to play, but we believe it will be just as exciting to watch. By making the capability of live streaming as accessible as possible to our fans, straight from a player's console without the need for any additional hardware, we are empowering our fans to share their multiplayer experiences."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is scheduled for release on November 13. PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game made it to torrent sites earlier this week along with gameplay footage showcasing the zombie mode.




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NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Darn, almost thought this was an article about a sales record

Sniped_Ash said:

Oh boy, nothing is more exciting than watching console FPS gameplay.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Someone has to do it

PC fps gameplay isn't all that better :p

1 person liked this | Lionvibez said:

Why do I want to watch a bunch of 10 years old swearing and saying racial slurs on you tube?

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Because it's better than watching 20 years old swearing and saying racial slurs, but less funny.

1 person liked this | Sniped_Ash said:

Someone has to do it

PC fps gameplay isn't all that better :p

You're right, but aiming and turning on consoles is soooo sloooooow.

Ranger1st Ranger1st said:

Until it gets blocks for copyright infringement...

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

You're right, but aiming and turning on consoles is soooo sloooooow.

Haha, can't disagree with that xD

Sunny87 said:

I bet this is to bring a stop to Adsense for the channels making money from doing console games reviews and gameplay footage and stuff, I bet Activision have their own Adsense account associated to it.

Guest said:

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You're right, but aiming and turning on consoles is soooo sloooooow.

Haha, can't disagree with that xD"

Have you tried turning the sensitivity up to 10? Good luck trying to keep up.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

"

You're right, but aiming and turning on consoles is soooo sloooooow.

Haha, can't disagree with that xD"

Have you tried turning the sensitivity up to 10? Good luck trying to keep up.

I did back when I played it with my friends. Got used to it after a while but I didn't play it much after that

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