Addon Author Vadrak has created a tournament spectator UI which is available to everyone as a simple addon to download. The addon is called ArenaLive, and promises to change how Arenas are streamed in WoW.
Previous tournament panes have relied upon Blizzard’s existing Unit Frames to work, and given how tournaments often require wargames with 5 players on each side, this has inevitably caused some bugs. No longer, as Vadrak has created his addon from the ground up, not relying whatsoever on the existing unit frame code.
GAMEBREAKER readers can see the addon in action in this video, it provides a unit frame for each player on each team to the left and right of the screen, as well as a team name, a game timer, and castbars health and power bars, buffs and debuffs, cooldowns, instant casts, everything a spectator would need to understand a match being streamed onto their screen.
Given that this is an addon, there are some hoops to jump through to use it as a true spectator mode. The match currently has to be a 5v5 wargame, where one or two players enter and are killed by the opposition before the fight starts. Those players then run the spectator mode, but as long as the requirements for wargames are met, 2v2, 3v3 or even 1v1 spectator modes would be possible via this addon.
Vadrak has also confirmed that he is working on a second addon which would allow players to use this spectator mode when streaming normal arenas, without the wargame requirement. This would make streamed arenas even more accessible, and perhaps allow WoW to shift further towards being an e-sport.