4 August 2016 - 02:26

Overwatch Game Director Confirms Improved Spectator Mode In The Works

A current lack of spectator tools might be holding Overwatch esports back, and director Jeff Kaplan is aware of it.

While Overwatch is still a baby in the esports world, it has obviously caught the eyes of many. Viewership is decent enough and the game has developed a consistent following in the first two months since release, but there are a few things holding it back from becoming the next great esport. Arguably, the biggest issue right now is the spectator experience.

The current spectator tools are scant, and it leads to much confusion when watching tournament play. Game director Jeff Kaplan is aware of it, however, as he addressed the issue on a Q&A livestream hosted by Twitch streamer "Fairlight_Excalibur." 

"We want to work on more spectator mode features, in particular for esports. And when we do more for esports we want to add a spectator mode that has a lot of statistics for the match so that broadcasters and observers can surface more to the viewers and I think make a really great experience for viewing esports or competitive Overwatch." - Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan

Right now, one of the biggest issues with Overwatch is that it is hard to follow what is going on at any given time during the match. If broadcasters and play-by-play announcers had better tools at their disposal, it could only help out the game in the long run. 

The addition of a scoreboard would be a fantastic first step, as right now it is difficult to keep up with who is doing well or poorly on each team. Statistics and numbers are important in any spectator sport, and esports are no different. The changes brought up by Kaplan would be welcomed by all who enjoy the game and enjoy watching it played competitively.

What do you think of the possible new additions? Have any suggestions for what yo would like added in the spectator mode? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to follow @GAMURScom for more Overwatch esports news. 

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