Fortnite Chapter 2 introduced a long list of new features. One of the more underrated improvements included the ability to spectate your friends while waiting in a lobby. Find out how to spectate friends in Fortnite here.

Most video games are better with friends, and Fortnite is no exception. It can be fun to run around in solos, but a lot of players enjoy the teamwork and comradery that comes with duo and squad games.


For all of Fortnite’s life, players have had to wait in the lobby if they want to join a friend’s squad. You could queue up for your own game, but the timing of both games ending hardly ever worked out.

It seems like players have been requesting a spectate feature since Fortnite first launched. Finally, with the release of Fortnite Chapter 2, we got our wish.

You are now able to spectate your friends while you’re waiting for them to finish their match. This is just another in a long line of quality-of-life improvements that Epic added to Fortnite Chapter 2.

There are a couple of caveats to the spectator system. It’s a bit buggy, so don’t expect to load-in and start coaching right away. It will take a minute for everything to render.

You also have to make sure your friend has been in the match for at least 30 seconds. If they’re still at the starting island, you won’t be able to spectate them.

Reel in a big one!

Lastly, you’ll need to be sure that everyone in the lobby is either playing or spectating. If one other player is just sitting there, you won’t be able to spectate.

There you have it! you can now spectate your friends while you wait for them to finish.

Jimmy is a passionate gamer and lover/hater of all things Fortnite. Good comms on Twitter @JimmyDangus.