Black Ops II gameplay to stream via YouTube

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Next week is a big one for fans of Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II, when the long-awaited video game goes live on November 13.

Although we're less than a week away from the official launch, Activision has just announced an interesting new feature that players who like to show off their gaming prowess will undoubtedly appreciate.

Yes, Activision has confirmed that Xbox 360 and PS3 players will be able to stream in-game live video directly from their console to YouTube. The streaming service not only supports game play video, but is also capable of streaming video from the webcam along with audio commentary.  Judging by the sort of language that typically accompanies an online match; I'd wager many of the streaming videos won't exactly be suitable for work.

Gamers who are also Call of Duty Elite members will be able to get even more from the live streaming experience, with elite subscribers seeing the various player cards when the video is streaming. Viewers will then be able to click that player card and dig a little deeper, allowing them to see class load outs being used in the match, recent match data for the player, and career stats. The video streamed via YouTube will be viewable using web browsers, smartphones and tablets.

"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 Treyarch exec Mark Lamia. "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."

Activision has also noted that pre-orders for Black Ops II have thus far outpaced those of Modern Warfare 3. In fact, Activision believes that Black Ops II has the potential to become the best-selling video game of all time.