How to spectate matches in Overwatch 2

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Overwatch 2 lets your friends tag along while you’re playing and watch the whole match without being in the middle of the fight. Here’s how to spectate in Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 has a great mode for players who like learning new strategies for their favorite characters, or for those who simply like watching their friends play. The option of spectating matches is also quite useful to get to know Overwatch 2 new Heroes that aren’t usually available to all players.

Spectator Mode is perfect for those who want to sit back and relax while watching teams trying to win either in Quick Play, Arcade, or Custom Games. Here’s how to spectate in Overwatch 2 and watch a friend play a match.

Which modes can you spectate in Overwatch 2?

The spectate feature is available in three Overwatch 2 modes: Quick Play, Arcade, and Custom Games.

Blizzard have removed the option from Ranked modes in an effort to stop players from receiving any advantage by having a sixth team member deliver callouts or offer advice.

How to spectate friends in Overwatch 2

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Using the Spectator Mode is a practical way of learning new strategies in Overwatch 2.

The method for spectating in Overwatch 2 varies depending on which mode you wish to sit in on. Quick Play and Arcade are done through your Overwatch 2 friends list on the main menu, while the feature can be used in Custom Games from the lobby.

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Check out how to spectate in every Overwatch 2 mode below:

Quick Play & Arcade

  1. Wait until your friend has successfully loaded into an Overwatch 2 match.
  2. From the main menu, open up your friends list.
  3. Scroll to the friend you wish to spectate and select their name.
  4. Click ‘Spectate’ and wait to be loaded into the game.

Once loaded into the match as a spectator, you will be able to freely watch every player on your friend’s team throughout the match, and you won’t be put in the action yourself if someone leaves early, meaning you can simply sit back and observe.

The only downside is that the same process must be repeated each time, as spectators won’t automatically carry over between matches.

Custom Games

  1. Create or join a Custom Games lobby.
  2. Move over to the Spectators team at the bottom of the screen.
    • If you didn’t make the lobby, ask the host to change teams for you.
  3. Start the match and wait for it to load.
  4. Begin freely switching between every player in the game.

It’s worth keeping in mind that there can only be two onlookers per lobby, but players can switch between the spectator, red, and blue team between matches.

All in all, spectating is a perfect way to learn the ropes in Overwatch 2 without the pressure of jumping straight into a game yourself. Alternatively, it’s a great way to take a break from the action while still cheering your friends on.

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