Fortnite: Battle Royale players can now spectate the World Cup Open Qualifiers matches inside the game starting from the third week of qualifiers and update v8.50, Epic Games revealed in the patch notes.
The company wrote that the ability to spectate live matches during tournaments is available by selecting a player’s name from the leaderboards. Their match must be running for more than 10 minutes to have spectating enabled to all players in Fortnite.
This is the first time that spectating live tournament matches in the game is possible. Until now, fans could only watch official tournament matches through players who were streaming their games or through Fortnite’s official livestream on Twitch.
To watch live matches of the Fortnite World Cup Open Qualifiers or of any other official competition in the future, you must log into the game, select the Fortnite: Battle Royale game mode, and go to the Compete tab in the top menu. Then, select the competition you want to spectate, open it, and go to the Leaderboards. From there, select the player or duo you want to watch to start spectating. You can only watch matches from players in your matchmaking region.
Watching live matches from other regions
You must change your matchmaking region to watch matches from other servers. Open the game’s menu in the top right corner of the Lobby, click the gear icon, and go to Gameplay settings. One of the options will let you select your matchmaking region, and doing so will automatically change the leaderboards you see in the Compete tab to match that of the region you’ve just selected.
Players will be able to test this new feature on April 27 during week three of the Fortnite World Cup Open Qualifiers.