Plays Labs – Help Us Test New Features!

We’ve got something in the works!

Want to be a part of something special? Sign up to be invited to our invite-only test grounds. Here you’ll be able to try out features no one else has access to. If you’re interested, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch!

https://goo.gl/forms/fgJxS2ap1Db07xyb2

All we ask is that you keep this confidential, and fill out a feedback form to detail your experience in using our secret features.

Help Us Name Our Mascot!

Earlier this year we launched a rebrand for Plays. This included a new logo, mascot, color palette, icons, styles, messaging, and a lot more. Click here to read more about the rebrand.

Today we’re announcing a contest to name the Plays mascot.

We’ve got tons of prizes for people who submit mascot name suggestions.

  • Handmade bespoke mascot pillow (grand prize)
  • Plays mascot stickers
  • 1 Plays hoodie
  • 1 Plays hat
  • 1 Plays water bottle

We’ll award the grand prize to the person who submits the winning name. 4 runner-ups will be selected at random to win the other prizes. If more than one person submits the winning name, we will randomly pick the winner.

To enter, just fill out the form below.  It’s as easy as that! Please submit your ideas by August 1.

Good luck!

A New Look For Plays

You may have noticed that Plays has a new look and a new face. We’ve come a long way in our rebranding journey and we wanted to share our design approach to our new brand.

Our goals were to design a logo and brand that felt fun, exciting, recognizable, relatable, and at a glance, would feel like a product for gamers. Most importantly, we wanted a brand that connects with the gaming community we represent.

It started out with a variety of logo mark and typeface explorations that helped us understand what we did not want. Most of our initial exploration just felt too corporate, or too generic.

After some more rounds of sketches, we zeroed in on a mark that we felt had character. It reminded us of a hero you might find in a game, with personality and action. It was bold and different. We were able to create a logo type as well that followed similar principles.

We also wanted to refresh our existing color palette with brighter tones and cooler grays while staying true to our gaming fandom.

To celebrate our rebrand, we are launching a contest to name our new mascot. Click here to enter the contest. You’ll have a chance to win awesome swag including

  • Handmade artisinal bespoke mascot pillow (grand prize)
  • Plays mascot stickers
  • 1 Plays hoodie
  • 1 Plays hat
  • 1 Plays water bottle

If you want to help us name our mascot, click here to enter. We are excited for the upcoming adventures we will have with our new rebrand process, so stay tuned for more exciting updates!

League Of Legends Match Stats

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added League of Legends Match Stats to the Plays Beta client!  Now you can see game stats and a summary while watching your replay of the match.  Here are the highlights:

Build and build path: Look at your build with a quick glance at the client. With a deeper dive, you can see when major items were completed along with minor item switches.

Skill order: See when you’ve leveled a skill and what you maxed first. This is great for experimenting with champions to see if maxing Q is better than maxing E, as well as how it differs based on match up.

Post game stats:  Look at post game stats to see where you can get better. Plays makes it easier to view your key stats while watching your video replay.  Damage dealt, healing, vision score, creep score – it’s all there to review.

Gold spread: One of the biggest indicators to determine who is leading is the gold spread. It’s important enough to be featured in almost every pro match as well as every post game breakdown.  Now you have it at your fingertips as well.

Note: League Match Stats works in Summoner’s Rift, Ranked, Blind Pick, and Draft modes.  It will not work for ARAM and 3v3 games.

If you want to see your own match stats, get the Plays Beta here and then play League of Legends.

Let us know what you think:

Plays Beta Available Now

We’re excited to launch the Plays Beta app. It’s been in private beta for a couple months and we’re ready to have more of you give it a try.

What’s new:

  • Instant Replay: You can rewatch up to the last 90 seconds without having to leave the game.
  • Review and Analyze Gameplay: Improved zoom and speed controls, added notes, updated bookmarking and clip creation, and added new hotkeys.
  • Upgraded Recording: We’ve rebuilt recording to impact your PC even less than before.

If you have used the old Plays.tv client, you will notice some features didn’t make it into the Plays Beta. Read more about the changes in our release notes.

Let us know what you think:

  • Download the Plays Beta and try out our new features
  • We want to hear what you like, what you don’t, and what you hope to see in future versions. Submit feedback through the app or use this link.

Thanks!
The Plays Team

 

Getting Started With Plays

Top esports pros and millions of gamers use Plays to improve and win more games. The Plays app makes it easy to record, review, and share your gameplay. We made this getting started guide to help you learn how to use Plays. While it doesn’t cover every feature, you should walk away with the basics on how Plays can help you improve and win more games!

Note: This guide assumes you are using the latest version of Plays. Get it here.

Automatically records in the background

With the Plays client running, you don’t have to remember to start recording when you play a new game. Plays automatically records your gaming sessions, so it starts recording when you start a game and stops recording when you exit the game. In addition, you can set Plays to automatically run on startup. Our goal is to make Plays as easy to use and “hands free” as possible.

 

Instant Replay


Have you ever had a moment when something happened in a game and you wanted to replay it immediately? Our instant replay feature is where it’s at. With the push of a button, our instant replay overlay will pop up in your game. It’s an easy way to pinpoint what went wrong or rewatch what went right at a moment’s notice.

 

Automatic bookmarks for key events in the top games


One of the best ways to improve and win more games is to review the key moments in each game. For example, wouldn’t it be great to go back and see every time you died so you could learn from your mistakes. It can be a hassle to go through a 40 minute match to find your kills, deaths, and assists.

The good news is that Plays helps you do this automatically. For many of the top games, Plays automatically tags your kills, deaths and assists. It makes it really easy to review your matches and find opportunities to improve. And it’s always fun to go back and review that game winning headshot.

 

Add bookmarks manually with a hotkey


Automatic bookmarks are great, but there are times when you want to review a play and it might not be tagged automatically. For example, that one time when you almost died and just barely got away. You can add a bookmark at any time so it’s easy to find that moment later. Did you make a great play 5 hours and 28 minutes into a 7 hour grind? Use the hotkey and book it. You’ll see the bookmark icon in the corner to confirm this moment was saved.

 

Replay and sharing tools

Plays has many features to make it easy to review your gameplay and share it. You can slow down and speed up the replay. Add notes to part of the video. Rewind 5 seconds to see a play again. Upload the video with one click so you can share it and get feedback from others.

We hope this guide helps you get started using Plays. The top esports pros and millions of gamers use Plays to improve and win more games. Climbing the ranked ladder is never easy, but we’re here with you to make it happen. Download the Plays app and get started today!

Guide To Improving With Plays

Many of the top esports teams in the world use Plays because it is the best way to practice, improve, and win more games.  The Plays app lets you see exactly what you saw in game, hear exactly what you heard in game, and review every moment.  If you want to spot leaks in your game, reviewing your gameplay is the best way to do it.

Here are some tips on how to use Plays to help you improve more quickly:

Use instant replay to instantly review your gameplay
One of the best ways to use instant replay is to review what happened right after you die. For example, in games like Overwatch or League of Legends you might have 30 seconds after you die before you respawn. That’s a perfect time to review how you died, see what abilities your teammates and opponents used, and to try to figure out if you could have done something differently to avoid that death.

Get in the habit of reviewing your gameplay after each match
Plays will automatically record your gaming sessions once you start up a game, so you don’t have to remember to turn it on.  Just open the Plays app after every game to review and analyze your gameplay.

Slow down footage to analyze the scene
Slow down your recording to analyze your gameplay more easily.  See everything that happened without having to pause.   It’s much easier to see what your opponents did, how you responded, and discover ways to improve.  The best part is you can witness that headshot connect down to the last pixel.

Automatic pins for kills, assists, deaths, and objectives (certain games)
Plays automatically tracks the moments that matter most with built in pins for kills, deaths, assists, and objectives. One of the best ways to improve is to reduce your unnecessary deaths.   After every match, look at how you died and see what you could have done differently to avoid that death.

Use manual bookmark to review key moments
You’ll find times when you want to revisit a key moment in the game.  You can use hotkeys to create manual bookmarks.  For example, maybe you were 1 tick away from killing your opponent.  Review that play to see if you could have done something differently to walk away with a kill.

Share videos with peers
Clip moments and share them with your peers. Show them what you did right or ask them what you did wrong. Peers can leave comments on videos.  Send them your clips and ask for feedback.