Spectating is an in-game function available for all live games. This feature is also known as DotaTV. It can be accessed under the Watch tab. Spectating can be done as a Party.
Third party streams can also be viewed from Dota 2's official streaming hub.
Spectators can select which style of camerawork to watch from.
|Direct Camera||Camera automatically follows important events across the map.|
|Free Camera||User is given full control of the camera, and access to Showcase View.|
|Player Perspective||Camera is shown from the player's perspective. Click on a player's top icon to select their vision.|
|Hero Chase||Camera centers and follows a hero. Click on a player's top icon to follow their hero.|
Spectators can select from up to 6 broadcasters to listen to.
|Both Teams||Sees map vision of both teams in the map.|
|The Radiant||Sees map vision of Radiant team.|
|The Dire||Sees map vision of Dire team.|
The Game Stats is a drop-down chart that arranges players by certain statistical values. They can be toggled by hotkeys.
|XP Per Minute|
|Gold Per Minute|
|Order all players by value|
|Order players by faction (Radiant and Dire)|
|Order players by faction, then value|
The Item Chart allows spectators to view all items in each player's Inventory and Stash.
The Experience Graph shows the experience disparity between the two teams, as well as the time and impact of kills made by both sides.
The Gold Graph shows the gold disparity between the two teams, as well as the time and impact of kills made by both sides.
The Fight Recap screen displays information and statistics from the latest teamfight.
- Player Deaths
- Buybacks used
- Gold Changes
- Experience Changes
- Amount of Damage Dealt
- Abilities Used
- Items Used
Players can equip Pennants in the Fan slot of the Loadout screen. Pennants will be displayed when spectating live Tournament games where the corresponding team is playing. Owning a pennant gives the spectator a chance to receive a Heroic quality item from the Crafting List when watching a Tournament game with at least 100 spectators.
Players can equip gifts in the Action Item slot of the Loadout screen. It can be activated with a hotkey to give cosmetic items to a number of random players and other spectators in the game.
Exiting Spectator Mode
Click on the "X" at the top right corner to exit spectator mode.
- Players will be notified in-game if 25 spectators are spectating their game.
- There is a slight time delay to prevent cheating.
- Time delay can be adjusted for private lobby games (10 seconds or 2 minutes).