According to an interview with Brandon Snow, the chief commercial officer of Activision Esports, the CDL is ready for the 2021 season with new rewards for their viewers. The CDL has viewership rewards that are in a tiered system. Essentially, the longer a person watches, the better rewards they receive. One such item a viewer may receive is an operator skin.
Most operator skins for Call of Duty are purchasable in the in-game shop. However, now viewers have the opportunity to earn some of those skins just by watching. The operator skins according to Snow will likely be a higher tier, making it take longer for viewers to get too. On top of that, it’s a safe bet that operator skins will apply to both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.
Call of Duty is no stranger to linking accounts. According to the Call of Duty viewership rewards webpage, watching their stream would only give out a few smaller items from time to time. The system was similar to other competitively streamed games such as Overwatch and Rocket League. However, the rewards for these streams don’t scale as Call of Duty is now doing. Ideally, these new rewards will boost viewership on both YouTube and Twitch.
The Call of Duty webpage has an easy 30 second video tutorial on how viewers can set up the reward system on their platform for the first time.