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When I watch screencasts of Starcraft II, I notice that there are people leaving the game at the end that weren't part of the match. How do I spectate a Starcraft II match?

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I believe that currently the only way is to get invited (as in, there isn't a list of available games to watch somewhere)

Obviously ladder games cannot be watched, but you can watch custom games if it's set to allow watchers, and the creator adds you to them.

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    Indeed. And it's a good thing that observers must be invited, because they can introduce lag to the game, causing a nuisance.
    – tenfour
    Commented Apr 13, 2011 at 17:36
  • I'm silently hoping we can watch games over the spectate protocol in the future, it would make it a lot more fluent (rather than seeing a low quality video that lags) and allows much more detail. It can be easily implemented if you forward the game to one server which spreads it to a hierarchy of servers/watchers. Commented Apr 14, 2011 at 1:16

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