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Just curious. I'm guessing it's around 10-20 seconds, but I wonder if anyone has any knowledge or firsthand experience that would tell me otherwise. Would it be a general broadcasting policy to keep things delayed in case of any live mishaps?

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11 days ago - /u/EUTriaged - Direct link

Lead producer of the LEC here. In general there is about 3-5 seconds between the live game and observer, so the audience in the studio sees the games virtually instantly.

The encoding process + stream output results in an additional 30-45 seconds. All-in-all, for live games on stage our delay to the average viewer is generally around or slightly below a minute.

In the LEC where teams may play remotely due to COVID, our observer delay for games is at minimum 3 minutes to ensure competitive integrity, but we usually do 10 minutes to build a buffer. We use those 7 minutes to skip over pauses on air whenever issues relating to the remote environment (like internet issues, etc) arise.

9 days ago - /u/EUTriaged - Direct link

Originally posted by patmax17

Thanks for the info! Sorry if I jump onto your comment but I wanted to ask something related: do the players on stage hear the casters and the crowd? If there's only a few seconds of delay, casters often comment on information what should not be given to the players, eg who has recalled, if a team is setting up a play, summoner spell cool downs etc. I heard that players have a constant stream of white noise in their headphones and they can only hear the game and each other, is that so? If yes, then it's a bit sad they don't hear the crowd cheering for them :)

Thanks for the work you all do!

Players on stage wear heavily insulated headsets which include some baseline white noise to mask the sound of the casters and audience.

9 days ago - /u/EUTriaged - Direct link

Originally posted by SonicJeffz

Thanks for the details! I'd assume it's be a similar story for the other regions?

I can’t confidently speak on behalf of every region, particularly in how they handle remote games due to COVID (as each region has a unique situation— we take 10 minutes because Berlin, as a city, has some difficult internet infrastructure to contend with at times).

But it should be fairly similar.