With Activision Blizzard
signing a multi-year partnership covering cloud stuff and YouTube - with YouTube Gaming becoming the only place to watch the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, and other esports. It's a deal that would see platforms like Twitch no longer broadcasting these events.
The deal has already taken effect with the Call of Duty League this past weekend streaming on YouTube - and the upcoming Overwatch League 2020 season to follow suit in a couple of weeks. According to the press release though, the esports streaming deal excludes China.
"This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world," said Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports.
"It's our mission to deliver high-quality competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube's powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment."
"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, 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."
No doubt this is a big deal for YouTube - who has fallen behind services like Twitch and Mixer when it comes to pure streaming. The deal also involves Activision Blizzard utilising Google Cloud for all its cloudiness.