The Call of Duty League is set to make its debut and it was announced that all matches will be available exclusively on YouTube. Global Head of Gaming at YouTube, Ryan Wyatt tweeted the news out on Friday.
The multi-year deal also will feature coverage of Activision Blizzard’s other Esports leagues including the Overwatch League and Hearthstone Esports. In addition, other leagues under the company umbrella will be packaged in the streaming deal.
“With more than 200 million gamers a day watching more than 50 billion hours of gaming content per year, YouTube provides gamers and their passionate fans with the most popular video gaming platform in the world,” Wyatt said according to the official press release. “Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world-class esports content”.
Google Cloud was also part of the deal, being the provider for the game hosting infrastructure of Activision Blizzard. The key element here is for Google to help the popular developer provide low-latency gaming experiences.
This also gives Activision Blizzard greater access to personal interactions. Meaning that the company can use Google to have an effect on in-game offers and provide different gaming opportunities.
“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world,” Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports said according to the press release. “It’s our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are.”
There is no word on the exact number of years the deal will last, but keep it locked here if further details come out.