Call of Duty Black Ops 2 streams deathmatches to your tablet

The new Call of Duty game will let you broadcast matches to a PC or tablet, and also has a commentary mode.

The new Call of Duty game will feature the ability to stream live multiplayer matches to your computer or tablet, the Guardian reports, nudging the spine-stabbing series into the world of virtual spectator sports.

The upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will also play host to a commentating feature that lets an in-the-know spectator narrate what's happening during matches, as well as moving the camera around, showing the map and bringing up a score chart overlay.

The streaming tech shouldn't require a high-end PC because -- like Internet-based gaming service OnLive -- all it's doing is streaming a feed of the live action, meaning your computer of tablet doesn't have to do any graphical grunt-work.

Call of Duty already has a 'spectator' mode, for those who eschew shooting virtual foes in the face and torso in favour of wandering around the battlefield like a curious ghost, checking who's winning and saying 'oooh'.

Publisher Activision is no doubt hoping that gamers will latch onto the new in-game tools, observing the gore-soaked antics of their favourite players and following leagues or competitions that use the new features.

StarCraft 2 is a game that's already become a popular spectator sport , with professional commentators and big prize money pushing the game's appeal way beyond actually pressing any, y'know, buttons. One pub in the UK has already been taken over by gamers getting drunk on StarCraft. And beer.

Developer Treyarch hasn't shared much else regarding the new features, but with Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 going on sale in the run-up to Christmas, we should hear more soon.

Check out our sister site GameSpot UK's on-the-scene report on the new shooter below, and tell me in the comments or on Facebook whether you'd watch a streaming Call of Duty deathmatch.

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