World Cup Viewer is incredible


Only PC for now mate




I made another feedback thread here: OWWC viewer feedback

My primary complaints are that the camera is far too slow and too narrow to keep up with the action, and that a lot of information cannot be seen without entering first person.


Im wondering, do you need to have the game in order to actually use the viewer? I play on console so I dont have it downloaded on pc…


If you hold SHIFT while moving I can’t imagine you believe it goes too slow LOL

(Dan Maas) #12

Hi NearVoid,

Yes, this is PC only for now. Jeff posted a little bit about it elsewhere that I can copy here:

Jeff Kaplan:
Unfortunately, this early version of the viewer doesn’t include any of the elements from the broadcast (commentary, play-by-play, analysis etc.). We really want to include features like that in the future.

The main goal of this world cup test is to make sure the technology works at scale and to collect feedback for future feature iterations. Seeing the requests for the broadcast incorporated is refreshing because it aligns with our instincts.
The big next steps after this test (and I really want to re-iterate that this weekend is really a test, a true beta) are:

  • make it so that the viewer does not require a separate client download
  • get it working on console
  • get replays working for individual players, not just sanctioned events (this is the really big feature that will benefit every single OW player)

All of these things are pretty large tasks but we’ve been working on them for months (some for over a year). We hope there are a lot of side benefits along the way, like the possibility of the humble beginnings of a match history once we get individual replays going. The road map is months of work so we’re trying to manage expectations. We want these features badly and we’re dedicated to making them happen. Sorry things don’t move as fast as we would all like sometimes but I am proud of how hard the team is working to make this stuff happen and believe they are moving as fast as they can considering the technical challenges before them.

Can console players use the replay system?



woops, I thought it was a toggle and assumed it was unimplemented


Viewer is very cool, good job guys, extremely smooth and easy to use. Now the only thing as you were mentioning would so great to have integration for commentary + twitch chat. Right now when I am using it I keep twitch in the background, but it would be nice to have everything integrated.


The viewer is really great. It makes a big difference for such a fast paced game where you miss a lot of interesting action when someone else is trying to grab what might be interesting. Watching a Genji ult every 15 seconds, moving so fast in first person that you can’t even see what he is killing, is not very entertaining.

Now you can monitor players that you are interested in, or a specific angle of the map and get more out of the e-sports experience. I love it.

I might watch Overwatch e-sports more often when the viewergoes live.

Really cool is also that you can just pause the game, rewind a view seconds and watch in slow motion what just happened. And then fast forward or jump to the live game.

And it seems to be stable as far as I can tell. Had a few GPU related crashes that might be driver related, but that stopped when I limited the fps.

I like it. Hope it doesn’t take too long to get implemented. Would also love it to analyze my own bad plays.


I’d love if you added commentaries to it, I have twitch running alongside it, but twitch, for me, is about 2 mins behind the viewer… So that doesn’t work so well.
I really enjoy the viewer itself tho, love that I can spectate who I want etc. Still learning all the shortcuts ^^


it was all laggy for me so i uninstalled it


My workaround to this was to use the function of the player 20 sec previous or 20 sec next to synchronize it. Press N it is on the left.


Thanks! I had to do about 3x 20 sec delays and it matched up! So thanks for the tip :slight_smile:


I just tried the Viewer and it is great!

One thing I miss is listening to the commentators. It should stream the audio or even better, put a picture-in-picture video stream.


Any plans on letting us download the replays so we can review them without us having to fear them getting deleted at some point?


Hey guys, I just came to say I’m mindblown by the viewer ! I’ve always dreamed of having that, and you just did it !


Is one of those bugs being able to go infinitely out of map limits?

you can literally go around to the back of ilios’s mountain to follow the boats


No thanks. I can see you haven’t been on the internet long enough to understand but let me give ya “a piece of the golden apple” that is the rules of the internet(unwritten is my guess).

If someone tells you to download something. You mute, report, flag and get the hell outta there before you have to kill your PC with fire.

So no. I’m not going to download some potentially suspicious camera software that may impact my overwatch experience in a (very)bad way. But if anyone else wants to, feel free I suppose.

Your party, or funeral. Depending on how it goes ¯\(ツ)


Current issue is that atleast for me in EU the stream is about 40 seconds behind the viewer. So you would see a big play but hear about it from the caster about 40 seconds later which can make it weird.