EA announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops II’s new live streaming feature, available when the game launches on November 13th, will let players live stream gameplay on YouTube directly from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles. This is a first for consoles. Last week Sony Online Entertainment announced live streaming PlanetSide 2 through Twitch.TV.
Players will be able to live stream multiplayer League Play games, as well as their webcam and audio commentary. I couldn’t find out what exactly a League Play game was but I’m curious because the launch is only next week and YouTube hasn’t rolled out the ability to do live streaming to everyone’s accounts. In order to do this live streaming you need a verified YouTube account as well as an active Elite subscription. Elite will be free with Call of Duty: Black Ops II so that is not problem.
“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.
The press release also mentioned restrictions which will be interesting to see what those are. It’s very cool to see games including this stuff instead of trying to figure out how to properly use a capture card…