Treyarch have announced that Black Ops II will allow players to stream their PS3 or Xbox 360 multiplayer footage directly onto YouTube.
Though we've known that Black Ops II featured eSports and streaming functionality for some time, this latest update gives us more details on how the system will work. So long as you've got a verified YouTube account, you should be able stream multiplayer league games along with webcam footage and audio. Since they're Youtube videos, they'll be viewable in-browser on PC, tablets and phones (via individual channels) or on Call Of Duty: Elite.
Elite users can see the player card of the streaming gamer, view match reports, class loadouts and career stats.
“With our competitive play and eSports initiatives, we wanted to deliver live streaming capabilities built right into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, because Call of Duty is not only fun and exciting to play, but we believe it will be just as exciting to watch," crowed Treyarch boss Mark Lamia.
“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.”
YouTube's Sang Kim describes the move as an "an awesome next step for the eSports community."
Black Ops II is out on November 13th. Will you be playing? Or watching?