'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' from Activision.
Activision has revealed a new feature for its soon-to-be-released FPS game Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The game's newly-revealed feature allows players to live stream gameplay onto YouTube directly from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. This is reportedly a first of its kind feature from Activision and the game's developer, Treyarch. It will allow players to live stream Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer league play games, as well as the player's webcam and audio commentary while playing.
"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."
Activision's Call of Duty Elite service then takes the live streaming experience even further, letting viewers on Elite see the player card of the user that is streaming.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II player 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.
"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.
A verified YouTube account is required to live stream. A valid Call of Duty Elite registration is necessary to view the streams and related information inside Call of Duty Elite. Call of Duty: Black Ops II player live streams will be subject to limitations and restrictions, though neither Activision nor YouTube has stated as to what those restrictions are. Additional Call of Duty: Black Ops II live stream destinations are said to be announced in the future.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC. The title is also expected for release in North America on November 18, 2012, for the new Wii U.
The game has been rated "M for Mature" by the ESRB.