This should lead to an interesting scenario. I'm not sure if a good or bad one yet, but lets get into the details first. Activison has announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II will feature a live streaming feature starting day one on November 13th. It'll allow players to livestream gameplay to YouTube directly from their Xbox 360 and/or PlayStation 3 console. It allows them to live stream, "Call of Duty: Black Ops II multiplayer League Play games" in particular though. So now what exactly are League Play games I'm curious personally.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention players can stream their webcam and audio commentary as well while playing. I'm curious if League Play is strictly for eSports, a mode, or a category for modes in which players are allowed to stream. Because if it's something simple, we all know it's possible we'll get those high pitched youths streaming. Which then again can lead to some funny viral content I'm sure.
Honestly though, I do like the idea of bringing this into play. Treyarch is definitely helping promote their game by getting the community involved and it makes it easier for people who do want to make a YouTube channel. While I fear annoying kids popping up on YouTube streaming, I'm sure there will be a select few of professionals or just more average interesting commentators. Granted if you're that much of a professional and already doing this you already have the equipment, but for those that don't, this is an in for them without having to spend money. I'll have to look into this feature further on release and see how it works without a doubt.
"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.