The announcement indicates the CDL currently has no plans to sign an exclusive deal with a streaming platform.

Amid rumors of the Call of Duty League (CDL) potentially switching from Twitch to YouTube, the CDL has announced plans to stream on both platforms. This weekend marks the first time this season that fans can watch the action on either website. It's unclear how the CDL reached this conclusion, but the community breathed a sigh of relief, given the increase in viewership during Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Call of Duty League to co-stream on Twitch and YouTube

As of this weekend, the Call of Duty League will stream matches on Twitch and YouTube. Now, the product can continue to grow on both platforms without an exclusive deal. Thanks to the various watch parties and the official broadcast, competitive Call of Duty has seen exponential growth in viewership this season on Twitch.

Former professional players Thomas "ZooMaa" Paparatto and Seth "Scump" Abner are two of many who have ventured down the watch party road. These streams have put more eyes on the Call of Duty League, helping Major 3 become the second most-viewed Call of Duty tournament ever

Could the CDL still strike a deal?

The rumors of a platform switch have been making the rounds since Stage 2 of the current season. Last season, YouTube had exclusive streaming rights for CDL matches in a final year of a three-year deal worth $160 million.

Following Call of Duty: Vanguard, the CDL became a free agent. The recent rumor mill led many to believe YouTube and the Call of Duty League were working on another deal. These rumblings within the scene were not received positively by the community. 

No exclusive deal exists for the Call of Duty League, but that does not necessarily mean it won't happen. We'll have to see how the rest of the season unfolds as we move closer to CoD Champs. Beginning this weekend, you can now catch all CDL action on Twitch and YouTube

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