Reportedly, Call of Duty League will once more be a YouTube exclusive. According to reports, the popular esports league for the well-known shooter Call of Duty is in discussions with YouTube to move its games back onto the platform solely.
According to Dexerto, who first broke the story, the Call of Duty League may extend a three-year agreement with YouTube to exclusively broadcast its matches. The CDL was established in 2019 with the declaration that the esports league would stream only on YouTube, and the three-year agreement has ended. The CDL moved back to Twitch for the 2023 Modern Warfare 2 season, although no exclusivity agreement was made.
The Call of Duty League may establish a new three-year relationship with YouTube, according to Dexerto. The esports organization may shift to the platform after this week’s Major 2 in Boston, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. That will imply that spectators will be able to watch games commencing with the Major 3 Qualifiers and continue through the Majors 4 and 5 all the way up to the CDL Championship on YouTube.
However, it’s possible that not everyone will like the change. Since the Call of Duty League moved to Twitch, its viewership numbers have significantly increased, particularly in comparison to previous seasons. This growth has been fueled by vast watch parties hosted by popular creators like Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto and Seth “Scump” Abner, with Scump offering interesting commentary as a renowned (and now retired) CoD competitor.
It’s probable that these two creators could very well prefer to remain on Twitch. It is, therefore, unclear how a move back to YouTube would proceed. However, it’s possible that a deal could be reached so that the commentators can live stream the YouTube matches on Twitch.
However, this is simply speculation at this point. Because many people had enjoyed the CDL matches on Twitch, a move to YouTube could be poorly received by the Call of Duty gaming community. But if the CDL does sign a new three-year agreement with YouTube, we should find out soon.