Treyarch is appealing to the e-sports crowed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, bringing streaming which should be a godsend for YouTube channels. There’s now also division ranking, so you shouldnt, in theory,be matched up with the hardcore audience if you’re not a regular Call of Duty player.
If you’re into competitive gaming, and get paid to play, then you’re most definitely going to be into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
You may not like the changes to Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s multiplayer we reported on earlier, but Treyarch has confirmed a very cool feature in the upcoming shooter: streaming. There is also a new division ranking system, so those games where players dominate with a chopper for the whole game shouldn’t happen.
The division ranking system is called League Play; Treyarch says player need to win and win consistently to rank up, so lucky players won’t be able to get into the top division (or stay in the division). It means players can be boosted though, artificially increasing their skill level.
Players compete with approximately 500-1000 players in the same skill level. We don’t know if players not playing gradually derank over time, because someone could win a few games and potentially stay in the top league. Even if their skill level isn’t great.
Treyarch targets the e-sports crowed with a feature called Crowdcasting. It allows Shoutcasters, Treyarch’s marketing term apparently, to create shows with a variety of view angles and options including the score panel and name plate of players. The feed is also shown on the left and player information on the right. Impressively, though, Shoutcasters can listen in on players as they talk.
Live streaming will work from within the game, so rather than heading to Justin.TV you can load up Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and say you’re streaming. A match was watched from an iPad. The downside is that you’ll need solid upstreaming bandwidth, given as you’re constantly uploading content. It sounds like the feature is accessible, though, as complex software isn’t required.