The launch of a Call of Duty game has become an annual fixture for London’s celebrity set and Monday night saw a small battalion of them hit the Bloomsbury Ballroom for the Black Ops II party.

The roll call included Professor Green, gymnast and Olympic medallist Louis Smith, pop-prince Conor Maynard, actor Alfie Allen and comedian Jack Whitehall.

In contrast to last week’s Halo 4 UFO launch, the Black Ops II event focussed on the pixelated action.

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Conor Maynard tests his gaming skills against the other stars at the Black Ops II launch

The celebrities manned dozens of Xbox 360 consoles in droves to check out the multiplayer levels in the 9th Call of Duty game - and Sky Sports’ football correspondent Chris Kamara pitched in to conduct post-game interviews.

The game play sessions brought out the competitive side in Conor Maynard who took to the circular war table several times throughout the evening and shared his excitement with his hundreds of thousands of twitter followers.


Professor Green
just got whooped. I need to put in some practice! Badly! I lost to a gymnast!

He also proved a bit of a hit with the cast of Towie, with the likes of Mario Falcone and Ricky Rayment getting their pictures taken with him throughout the night.

If the serious looks of concentration from everyone playing the game are anything to go by, it looks like publisher Activision has another hit on its hands.

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  • "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II" Launch Party - London

    Professor Green and Millie Mackintosh attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Daniel Rice, Christopher Purcell, Nick Rice, and James Smith of Hadouken attending the"Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

  • "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II" Launch Party - London

    Conor Maynard attending the "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Perri Shakes-Drayton attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II" Launch Party in London.

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    Katarina Johnson-Thompson attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party.

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    Sarah McLean attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Fraizer Campbell attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Jason Puncheon attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Richard Jones attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Amplify Dot attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    David Goyer attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Alfie Allen attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Simeon Dixon of band MK1 attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Nat Weller attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

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    Louis Smith attending the Call Of Duty: Black Ops II Launch Party in London.

  • FILE - This video game publicity image released by Activision shows a scene from "Call of Duty: Black Ops II. "When the latest installment in the wildly popular "Call of Duty" video game franchise is released Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, it will transport fans to a completely new place: the future. Setting half of "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" in the year 2025 could be the riskiest gambit yet for the successful shoot-'em-up series known for its relentless past-and-present realism. (AP Photo/Activision, File)

  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II released

    Abed Moussa from Birmingham, with GAME staff member Phil Taylor dressed in SAS costume, is first in the queue to pick up a copy of Call Of Duty: Black Ops II at the GAME store in the Birmingham Bullring, which opened at midnight so fans could get a copy the moment the game was released.