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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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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby

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Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.