Spectator mode is a powerful instrument for moderating the Game and organizing eSports streamings. It allows the user to enter any battle (independent of the rank and free slots in the battle) in free-camera mode.
The Spectator does not have a tank on the battlefield and cannot change the outcome of the battle in any way, but can freely move around the map (including movement through textures).
Spectator mode was introduced at the beginning of June 2012. After testing it on the test server, where every player could take part in testing the new feature, Spectator mode was given to chat moderators and eSports broadcasters.
People holding these two positions liked the new feature for the following reasons:
- Effectiveness of moderating and spotting violations such as sabotage and hacking increased noticeably
- eSports streamings became more professional and dynamic
Spectator mode was lately given to Battles' Moderators group as well to work on battles' violations such as cheating and sabotaging.
Event Organizers also received Spectator to help them keep order in and manage Events battles.
At the moment, Spectator mode gives the following abilities:
- Free movement of the camera around the whole map
- Various methods of camera movement on the map, adjustable camera speed
- Ability to create key points anywhere on the map and moving the camera between them
- Ability to follow any tank by binding the camera to it
- Seeing the health of all players on the battlefield
- Seeing the chats of all teams (and, generally, of all players) on the battlefield
- Ability to write in chat with the tag [Spectator]
|Tanki Online - Spectator mode|
|WASD||Moves the camera forward, left, backwards, or right respectively. Relative to the camera's current view angle. Simultaneously press Shift to significantly increase the rate of movement.|
|←→↑↓||Rotates the camera in the respective direction.|
|QE||Respectively decreases and increases the camera's altitude. Simultaneously press Shift to significantly increase the rate of movement.|
|`||Backtick opens the spectator menu. (Only present on HTML5.)|
|\||Backslash sequentially hides various elements of the game's interface each time you press the key:
|Spacebar||Maintain the camera's current altitude. Useful for cinematic purposes.|
|Shift||Exacerbates camera movement in a particular direction. Use in conjunction with WASD/QE keys.|
|0-9||Moves the camera to the respective predefined point.|
|Ctrl+0-9||Sets a camera point.|
|Ctrl+B||Attaches the camera to a random player on the blue team.|
|Ctrl+R||Attaches the camera to a random player on the red team.|
|Ctrl+U||Stops following the current tank (detaches the camera).|
|Ctrl+F||Follows the player currently closest to the camera. (Works only on Flash.)|
|Ctrl+Shift+K||Opens the dev console. (Only present on Flash. On HTML5 use the spectator menu instead.)|
|Enter||opens the battle chat. Spectators can choose to send messages to other spectators or to all players. On Flash also shows a list of all spectators in the battle.|
|V||Display the current speed of all tanks in the battle. (Requires moderator powers)|
The spectator menu is used to change the parameters of spectator mode such as controls, interface hud visibility, camera points, etc.
It's possible to get Spectator mode in the following ways:
- Becoming a Battles' Moderator or an Event Organizer and using Spectator mode for working duties
- Creating gameplay videos, video guides or "Let's play Tanki Online" videos on a professional level
- Participating in the "Youtuber TO" program and receiving Spectator as part of the monthly rewards.
- Leading a Parkour club that regularly produces quality content and receives Spectator as part of the Parkour Clubs Support to help make professional videos.
- Clans that reach the 1st league also get a Clan Spectator.
- Becoming a Content Helper for Rent a spectator position. Applications are here
All players who receive Spectator must follow these rules for spectators.
The English Community owns a specific section on Forum to collect all Spectators' professional videos regarding Tanki Online called Videomakers section.
A complete list of Spectators (and their YouTube channels) for the English Community can be found here: List of English Official Spectators.
It's obvious that not everyone has access to the Spectator tool, but if you want to get cool footage for your videos or anything that requires a spectator, there is a service called Rent-a-spec, where you can rent a professional spectator for free that will record anything you want. More information can be found over the official Rent-A-Spec topic.