Edit: We have an answer! Purpose of thread is complete. Thank you to everyone who voted and commented below, and a bigger thank you to Turtle Rock Studios for confirming spectator mode!
Very simple question! Custom Games will not have a spectating feature at launch.
However, it has been made clear that if the community wants it, we will receive it! Turtle Rock Studios is awesome and have been very upfront with us since the beginning. It’s rare to see so much community interaction with so many developers of a large title like Evolve. That being said, as part of the “pre-release” competitive community, I believe this will allow us to bring eSports to Evolve with much a greater impact if spectating is added to Custom Games on launch.
At The DGL, we want to get the competitive scene going within Evolve. We will be getting this done regardless. Unfortunately, with the current setup of Evolve, we will not be able to record/stream most matches due to us not being able to spectate tournaments while they’re happening. This would leave it up to the players to record and stream matches for you to watch. Many people cannot stream/record due to internet and hardware constraints. We want to get competitive content out to as many people as possible, and if we can get a spectating option into Evolve, we can provide a massive amount of competitive game play to the Evolve community.
Ultimately, we want to be able to provide shoutcasting to the community, much like what @DB_Sinclair provides during the Evolve Live Streams. Unfortunately, the setup they use at 2K is only possible if everyone playing is within the same building. Over the internet, this would be nearly impossible. As we want to provide you guys with great content, this isn’t really a reliable option for shoutcasting consistently.
Spectating will also have uses for noncompetitive uses as well. You could come into a game of friends and watch them play, or even watch a game of bots if you so choose!
Whether you want to compete in competitive matches, watch competitive matches, or chill with friends, custom game spectating will benefit everyone. If you want your voices heard, be sure to vote in the poll and leave a comment below. If we can show TRS that we really want this for the competitive scene (or for your own personal use), they will give it to us. TRS truly has created an amazing game. We really want to provide the best eSports scene that we can, and this would allow us to do so much more.