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CDL and OWL to stream exclusively on YouTube Gaming

Published: 24/Jan/2020 21:14 Updated: 24/Jan/2020 22:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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Activision Blizzard and Google have teamed up in a multi-year partnership that will see the Call of Duty League, Overwatch League, and Hearthstone Esports streamed exclusively on YouTube Gaming.

There were just hours left before the Call of Duty League’s Launch Weekend was set to kick off, and fans were still wondering where they’d have to tune in to watch the matches.

All of that uncertainty was put to bed on January 24, however, after Activision Blizzard and Google announced their multi-year strategic relationship that handed exclusive broadcast rights to YouTube.

Starting from the 2020 season, the official events and matches of the CDL, OWL, Hearthstone Esports and other Activision Blizzard competitions will all be streamed only on YouTube Gaming.

The newly-formed CDL’s inaugural season launched on January 24 while the OWL’s 2020 campaign will get started just a few weeks later, on February 8. The League’s will each have their own official YouTube channels where the matches will be broadcast, along with any other “special content.”

Call of Duty esports was streamed on a variety of platforms in recent years, such as Activision’s MLG.tv, YouTube, and Twitch – the latter generally having the highest concentration of views for tournaments and the Pro League.

The Overwatch League was streamed on Twitch, who established a two-year, $90 million deal with Blizzard as the league’s sole third-party stream broadcaster. The company later also signed a multi-year deal with Disney for league matches to be broadcast on ESPN, Disney XD, and ABC, starting with the first season’s playoffs and into the second season. Both deals expired prior to the third season, which left a void that Google and YouTube Gaming happily filled.

“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,” said Ryan Wyatt, Head of Gaming at YouTube. “Both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League are the quintessential examples of world-class esports content. As a former Call of Duty esports commentator myself, I couldn’t be more excited for Activision Blizzard to choose YouTube as its exclusive home for the digital live streaming of both leagues. This partnership further demonstrates our dedication to having a world-class live streaming product for gaming.”

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch League’s 2020 season will be streamed exclusively on YouTube Gaming.

The announcement included an important second part as well – this partnership with Google means that Activision Blizzard esports events will feature Google Cloud technology.

Players will be privy to the state-of-the-art AI tools that the service offers, which will look to improve their overall gaming experiences.

“Players will benefit by experiencing premium network quality-of-service, including low latency and packet loss when playing high-fidelity games on any device,” Google said in the official announcement. “They will also have optimal personalized interactions, as Activision Blizzard can tap into Google Cloud’s AI tools to offer curated recommendations for in-game offers and differentiated gaming experiences.”

You can read the full press release HERE.

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Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton

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Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:41 mark below.

This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.