Call of Duty: Black Ops II to feature YouTube live game streaming

Gamers looking forward to the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops II on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have one more reason to get excited: YouTube live game streaming. As soon as the game launches November 13, gamers on the two major consoles will be able to live-stream their multiplayer League Play matches via YouTube. The new functionality, a first from Activision and game design studio Treyarch, will also let you include your webcam and audio commentary. To live stream your game you will need a YouTube account.

Call of Duty live streams will be available through a player's regular YouTube channel and accessible via any browser. Hardcore gamers can also view live streams via Call of Duty Elite, a free service for Black Ops II players that lets you track game stats, join clans, and view behind-the-scenes videos. The new functionality also uses the new League Play feature, an “e-sports” matchmaking system that sets online players against each other for competition based on roughly equivalent skill levels. To figure out your skill level, you have to play several test matches; you then get placed in a division based on how well you do. Each division will consist of hundreds of players.

The bad news for PC gamers, however, is that the live-streaming feature is only available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It appears Wii U users will also be left out when Black Ops II launches alongside Nintendo's new system in North America on November 18.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II created a lot of excitement when Activision and Treyarch previewed the game during E3 in June. The new first-person shooter features several storylines including a near-future plot set in 2025.

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