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Last week, Activision announced its forthcoming Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 video game will let players live-stream their gaming from Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 through YouTube.

The development could satisfy demand for spectator gaming that has gone unmet for years.

When I was a kid, I relished watching GamesMaster, the pioneering and much-loved Channel 4 TV show that not only reviewed the latest games but also pit young gamers and celebrities against each other for viewers’ live digital entertainment.

After GamesMaster went off-air in 1998, gaming on TV all but dried up — despite the past-time becoming mainstream, and the industry booming to overtake even Hollywood’s riches.

Spectator gaming, too, has taken off in a big way. There are now several “esports” tournaments in which professional players compete for large prizes. But these are mostly viewed at events and not from home. ESPN has been virtually alone…

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