While there are many changes in store for the arena in patch 5.4
, there are still no development plans for a spectator mode
according to EU community manager, Nakatoir
The latest blue post on the matter reiterates much of what we've heard before -- that yes, a spectator mode would be awesome but would require great number of resources to develop. Thus it's not currently in the cards.
Nakatoir -- Spectator mode and the esport scene in general
I don't deny that getting a working spectator mode would help with community ran competitions and tournaments and it's one of the reasons that we would like to have one. Understand that this is something we know that players want and it's something that we would like to provide to you. We simply have no plans at this time to implement such a feature, but when we are able to implement this feature we'll be sure to let you know about it.
Given the incoming arena and PvP changes slated to arrive in patch 5.4, one might expect the demand for a spectator feature to increase, but who knows for sure? What do you think? Would having spectator mode increase your interest and participation in arena? Do you think the WoW
eSports community would grow if there was a dedicated spectator mode like the ones found in StarCraft 2
or League of Legends