League of Legends enables players to observe games in progress in Spectator Mode. Spectator Mode is different from a normal player’s perspective in a number of ways. For starters, a spectating player has no champion to command or team affiliation. Instead, he is able to jump to the perspective of either team, following the action as they see it. A spectator can even opt to remove the fog of war altogether for a truly global view of the battlefield. Additionally the spectator will be able to quickly and easily reference information on either team such as in-game stats, item builds, gold totals, and ability cooldowns.
Spectator mode can be an excellent tool for those players interested in learning more of the nuances of League of Legends gameplay, or for shoutcasters interested in commentating on competitive play.
When you are browsing for a custom League of Legends game you will now have the option to join that game as a spectator. Alternatively, you can elect to become a spectator after joining the game lobby as a player.
Presently, Spectator Mode is only available in custom games. Games started by one of the matchmaking queues will not have a spectator option.
No. As a spectator you can leave a game at any time. Additionally, spectating carries no obligation to reconnect to a game once you have left.
Yes. If you disconnect while spectating a game you will be presented with the option to reconnect to the game that you were spectating.
Yes. Team gold, team kills, and tower kills will be prominently displayed as part of the Spectator Mode heads up display.
No. You will not receive XP and IP for spectating a game.
No. The players in game should not experience performance related issues based on problems the spectators are having.
The launch of Spectator mode is just the beginning. We have exciting plans to expand the features and scope of Spectator in the future!
To view an individual player’s items and statistics, you can click on that player to select them. If you would like to compare two individual players, pressing Tab will bring up a scoreboard showing the individual stats of all players on each team. This includes: kills, deaths, assists, minion kills, current items, personal score, current gold, and total gold.
Pressing Tab or the ‘O’ key will bring up a scoreboard showing the individual stats of all players on each team. This includes: kills, deaths, assists, minion kills, current items, personal score, current gold, and total gold.
Yes. There is an option to lock the camera on your current target through a variety of methods: You can double-click the champion, select it and press “Y”, or directly follow it through the menu at the bottom left corner.
Yes. You can easily jump from observing one player to another by clicking on the appropriate portrait on the left or right side. Alternatively, each player can be selected from the drop down menu in the bottom left corner.
Yes, you will have the option to view the game from either team’s perspective, to view from both teams’ combined perspectives, or to remove the fog of war completely.
Presently, spectators do not have the option to browse the shop in game.
You will be able to view chat that was sent to “all” by the players. However, you will not see team-specific chat.
No. Communication with the players is not permitted.
No. Spectator to spectator chat is currently not supported. Spectators may still chat with their friends in PVP.net by sending a message.
Yes. As a spectator, the blue team’s pings will appear blue and the purple team’s pings will appear purple. A spectator may also ping the map, but their pings are intended as a tool for shoutcasting and will not be viewable by the other players in the game.
There are currently two spectator slots available in each custom game of League of Legends, though that number is subject to change.
Spectators must be present in the game lobby before the game begins. There is currently no option for players to join a game already in progress as a spectator.
No. There is a three-minute delay built into Spectator Mode to prevent observing players from being able to provide intelligence to the competitors.
Yes. If you are the game owner and do not want a player observing your game you are free to kick or ban them from the game lobby.
Yes, spectators will see the players’ choices in Champion Select for both Blind Pick and Draft Mode.
Game hosts have the option to allow or disallow spectators. Players also must join your game as a spectator through the custom game lobby. If you are not comfortable with a player spectating your game, you will have the option to kick or ban them from the lobby before the game starts.