The most popular game series on this planet over the least few years has been the Call of Duty franchise. They broke into the industry with innovative game play that shook the industry from top to bottom. Shooter franchises immediately started borrowing influence, from respawns to mid-game reward packages, and in doing so they indirectly declared Call of Duty as the alpha shooter game.
They’re at it again with live stream capabilities integrated into the game and top-notch spectator modes that makes competitive Call of Duty one of the best spectating experiences imaginable. You no longer have to render video and upload it from your PC, and you no longer need additional hardware to record your game play. Friends and fans can watch your game play instantly, without you ever leaving your console.
You can see why the Call of Duty franchise is the most popular gaming series on this planet. The social media integration, flawless spectator mode, and instant streaming without the use of any hardware raises the question of why aren’t other games doing this. You’d be right to ask, and you wouldn’t be the only one.
It’s obvious that shooter games will forever be changed by the trail that Call of Duty paved. They aren’t stopping at just shooters, however. With Black Ops II the entire gaming industry is now taking influence from Call of Duty.
My question to you is pretty simple, then. Looking at what this franchise has done, is a comparable spectator mode vital for every competitive video game’s success?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.