How To Spectate In Rocket League

Spectating Rocket League is a great way to learn the game, see what other people are doing, and watch some high-level competitive play. However, spectating in Rocket league is not as easy and intuitive as it should be.

We will be walking you through how to spectate rocket league tournaments and friends as well as the spectator controls. Let’s get started.

How To Spectate Rocket League Tournaments

If you are just trying to spectate a Rocket League tournament you are in luck. Spectating in tournaments is very easy and can be done by all platforms. All you need to do is follow these steps:

  • Open up Rocket League and click play
  • Click tournaments and then create a tournament
  • Fill out the tournament settings to your liking and press “create tournament”
  • In the top left of your screen press the “Brackets” button
  • Once you are on the brackets page select a match by clicking on a matchup
  • Then click the “Spectate” button located in the bottom left of your screen.
  • Another window will pop up asking if you are sure you want to spectate the match. Click “OK”

After you click “Ok” you will join the match as a spectator.

How To Spectate Rocket League

So, there you go that’s how to spectate a rocket league tournament as a host. But there’s much more to spectating than just joining the game.

If you’ve joined a match as a spectator, but are still confused about how to actually operate the camera or switch players go ahead and keep reading.

Rocket League Spectator Controls

Spectating Rocket League is really easy and if this is your first time watching the game, there are some basic controls that you need to know before jumping into spectator mode. In fact, spectating can actually help players learn how they should play as well as what other players are doing to be successful.

As soon as you join a rocket league match as a spectator you will see buttons located on the bottom middle of your screen. Each button has a small box under it letting you know what button you need to press on your keyboard or controller to activate it.

You can spectate individual players, use director mode, use auto cam mode, etc.

Rocket League Spectator Controls

Once you are actually in the game spectating, the controls can be picked up fairly easily just by messing around and seeing what each button does.

We suggest getting into a match and spending a couple of minutes figuring out the controls and what they do.

Advanced Spectator Controls

Once you have familiarized yourself with the basic spectator controls you can start thinking about changing and fine-tuning some of the more advanced controls.

From the settings menu, you will be given a wealth of Autocam options you can change to your liking:

  • Autocam Horizontal Speed
  • Autocam Vertical Speed
  • Autocam Rotation Speed
  • Focus On Aerials
  • Aerial Focus Distance
  • Aerial Focus Speed
  • Aerial Focus Threshold
  • Use Replay Camera
  • Focus On Goal Zones

It can be a little overwhelming at first but if you go through each of these options one at a time you can make the auto cam feature work exactly how you want it to.

Obviously, not everyone will be interested in this level of customization in the spectator mode, but for tournament organizers, or spectating enthusiasts these options are great.

How To Spectate Friends In Rocket League

Spectating friends in Rocket league is unfortunately not as easy as you might expect.

If you just want to spectate your friends in a private match or a tournament you can follow the steps listed above, but if you want to spectate a friend in a ranked match or public match it gets a little bit harder.

Even though Rocket league is a massive game and has a spectator mode in the game there is no built-in option to spectate friends in public matches.

This means you have to get a little creative and use some third-party options.

If you are on PC there are plenty of options to allow your friends to spectate your game. You can stream your game using Twitch, Youtube, Discord, or even Steam.

Streaming on Twitch and Youtube is a little more complicated than just a click of a button, but Discord and Steam allow you to stream your game directly from the program and it’s very easy.

Both options work great for streaming Rocket league matches while still allowing people who aren’t playing in the match to spectate as well.

If you are playing Rocket League on console and want to have your friends spectate your matches, you will need to set up a stream on either Twitch or Youtube and give your friends the link.


As you can see the spectating options available in Rocket League are fairly limited and require you to be in the tournament or private match format for them to work.

Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy way to spectate friends in public or ranked matches without using third-party programs but it’s not too difficult to set up either.

We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to spectate and if we didn’t cover something in the guide that you’d like us to add, let us know in the comments.

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