Activision today announced that the “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” live-streaming feature will let players live-stream gameplay on YouTube directly from their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. It’s the first time a feature like this has been implemented into a console game. Treyarch’s new system will also let players live-stream webcam and audio commentary while playing to give video the true eSports feel.
Players who enroll in Call of Duty Elite (which will be free for everyone this time around) can take the eSports experience ever further, letting viewers see the playercard of the person who’s streaming their match. Most impressive is that with just a few clicks viewers will even be able to see class loadouts, recent match data, and career stats across supported Call of Duty games on Elite.
“From the beginning of development with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the team has been pushing boundaries on every front to offer Call of Duty fans things that they haven’t been able to do before,” said Mark Lamia, studio head of Treyarch. “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 or sophisticated setups, we are empowering our fans to share their multiplayer experiences.”
“Our partners are using YouTube Live to bring entertainment, must-see moments and more to millions of people around the world. With Call of Duty: Black Ops II, people can live stream their gameplay directly from the game or watch the best players live on YouTube, which is an awesome next step for the eSports community,” said Sang Kim, Head of Game Partnerships.
Apparently, live-streams will be viewable on YouTube via web browsers, mobile and tablets through Call of Duty Elite as well as individual YouTube user channels. You’ll need a YouTube account along with an Elite account to get in on the action. Activision also said that we’ll be able to watch live-streams elsewhere in the future.
“Call of Duty: Black Ops II” launches worldwide on November 13th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It will be available on November 18th for the new Wii U.