Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues transfer to YouTube in unique Google deal

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Activision Blizzard and Google have teamed up for a deal to solely stream dwell esports broadcasts, together with Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and Hearthstone Esports, on YouTube. Blizzard Entertainment previously had a deal with Twitch to broadcast esports and dwell tournaments.

As a part of the deal, Activision Blizzard’s on-line games will even make use of Google Cloud to “deliver superior, low-latency player experiences,” based on a joint information launch from the businesses. That consists of server infrastructure for internet hosting games.

Activision Blizzard and Google have already labored collectively on a few of the writer’s cell titles, the businesses mentioned. The expanded relationship will use Google’s worldwide cloud providers to supply “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.”

The multiyear deal additionally means Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League has a brand new residence. While the primary two seasons of the esports league have been broadcast on Twitch, the 2020 season will stream solely on YouTube (exterior of China) beginning Feb. 8.

Activision’s inaugural season of the Call of Duty League — which kicks off Friday — will even stream on YouTube, as will Blizzard’s official Hearthstone Esports tournaments.