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League of Legends Spectator Mode coming next patch

After what seems like a forever wait, Riot Games is finally releasing Spectator Mode for League of Legends

Next patch, the full release of Spectator Mode is expected to go live allowing players to watch matches live as they are being played.  Spectate mode will allow three ways of view a game: Custom game lobby, Spectate friends, and featured games.  In addition, using the Timeshift controls you can jump to specific points in the action so that you never miss a beat.  Through the Directed Camera feature, you can allow the computer to control you perspective so that you won't have to worry about where to watch the action.  Check out the full rundown on the new features available in the full release of Spectator mode:

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

I don't think I'm alone when I say...THANK YOU RIOT!  This is one of the huge features I've been waiting for!  Now, instead of just waiting around for friends to finish games, I can actually tune into the action live as it happens (well, with a three minute delay).  No more being bored while waiting!  Hopefully, with the arrival of Spectator Mode we will soon get some form of replay mode, but let's not get too greedy.  In the meantime, I'll be content with this.

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