11:27AM August 15 2012
It’s a big week for games fans, as Gamescom, the largest video game show in Europe opens in Cologne, with over a quarter of a million visitors expected, including our own Jamie Hewett, who’ll be behind the scenes, producing the World Premiere livestream of Call of Duty Black Ops II Multiplayer. The game launches on 13 November, and this year, publisher Activision wanted to give fans a taste of what’s to come as early as possible.
From 5pm GMT, the event will be livestreamed through the Call of Duty: Black Ops Facebook Page and Twitch.TV/treyarch, and thanks to collaboration with Xbox, through Xbox LIVE in Europe, the United States and Canada. The stream will also be hosted on Xbox.com in Europe.
Xbox LIVE’s @Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) and @AceyBongos (Graeme Boyd) will host the event. There’ll be live gameplay and exclusive interviews with the game developers, not to mention Shoutcasting, a feature which allows owners of Black Ops II to find an ongoing match, select from a choice of display views and then Shoutcast (commentate) the game.
Livestreaming and Shoutcasting games is becoming increasingly popular with core gamers. With the rising popularity in E-Sports and the easy ‘one button’ Shoutcasting capabilities within Black Ops II, this has a chance to change how we interact and participate with Multiplayer games forever.
If you can’t make the livestream tonight, the content will be available via Xbox LIVE video-on-demand soon after transmission and through other outlets later on. Phew.
It doesn’t end with the World Premiere; all four nights of Gamescom will feature livestreamed game play, interviews and commentary.
Take a look at what we did at last year’s launch of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.