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Activison and Treyarch bringing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 live in-game broadcasting to Twitch

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Activision and developer Treyarch are partnering with broadcasting platform Twitch to integrate a new in-game streaming feature in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 with Twitch's service, allowing players to broadcast games, webcam and audio feeds directly through Twitch without the need for additional streaming equipment, the companies announced today.

The service is compatible with the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC versions of Black Ops 2 and all streams can be viewed on Twitch through the Call of Duty Elite service on browsers, smartphones and tablets. Call of Duty Elite viewers will be able to see the player card of streaming users, as well as loadouts, match data and career stats across all Elite supported Call of Duty titles.

"Making Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 not only fun to play, but also fun to watch was a key goal from the beginning of development," said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia in a press release. "We pushed ourselves to build these features right into the game in order to make live streaming as accessible and as social as possible for everyone.

"One of the things that makes this so special is that there's no need for additional hardware or equipment, we want our fans to be able to share their experiences with the world," he added.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 currently offers CODCasting, in which players can watch matches in spectator mode or add their own sportscaster-like commentary, as well as the League Play competitive mode, a mix of different games with unique rules organized in a manner similar to eSports series.