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League of Legends adds spectator mode

Monday, 30th April 2012 00:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The latest League of Legends patch adds in one of the rising eSports’ most requested features: spectator mode. Time to up your game – your fans are watching.

Although it doesn’t seem to have a record or replay function, the new mode does include a robust set of useful features including timeshift controls.

A directed camera gives newbs some guidance to the most important aspects of a battle, and a featured games system means you’ll be able to drop in on some of the highest ranked players in the world.

Check out a trailer below, and scroll down for the official press outline.

  • Spectate Your Friends
    In the full release of Spectator Mode you’ll now have the option to drop in and watch a friend’s game that’s currently underway. To select this option, simply right click on their nameplate in your Friends List, and select the “Spectate Game” option to begin watching. You will immediately join the selected game with the standard, three-minute delay already factored in. There’s no limit on how many players are allowed to observe a friend’s game in this manner.
  • Featured Games
    Interested in watching a few matches featuring players at the very top of League of Legends? When you load the client, you’ll now have a list of live Featured Games that you can view. These games showcase some of the best players that League of Legends has to offer, so be sure to check them out any time you’re interested in viewing some high-level play. There is no limit on how many players can observe a featured game.
  • Timeshift Controls
    We know how frustrating missing an important moment while viewing a heated battle on the Fields of Justice can be. So to prevent you from ever missing a beat, we’ve added the Timeshift controls to Spectator Mode. Through Timeshift you can rewind, slow down, or even pause the live game you’re observing to take in all the action at your own pace. Once you’re done, you can fast forward or jump ahead to catch back up with the progress of the match.
  • Directed Camera
    By engaging Directed Camera mode you can allow the computer to guide your perspective, automatically selecting the most interesting action on the field. While this mode is engaged, the computer will analyze everything that is currently happening in the game and select the most significant event, whether it’s First Blood, a team fight or a baron attempt. You can even select a specific player that you’d like the Directed Camera to focus on, or jump to another event by pressing the space bar.

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4 Comments

  1. Christopher Jack

    Anyone else play this game? If so, add me, game name is ChristopherJack, I’m a level 30. I play mainly on EUW despite the NA server being more Australian friendly but I’m willing to play on both although I’m only level 10 or so on NA. (EUW has latency around 350-400 compared to around 250 on NA).

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Froseidon

    @2 – That’s harsh Latency, is there no other server closer to you? I would guess EUNE but language barriers an’ all…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. AJacks92

    @1 AJacks92 NA server

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    I’ve accepted the latency, have a relatively even win ratio in normal 5v5s & 1305 elo in ranked. I tend to avoid champs that require good timing, specifically mages. Generally play as ‘bruisers’- solo top champs or junglers (though my ganking is a little hit & miss).

    #4 2 years ago

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