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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 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.

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.

Heroes never die! Contest: Upload your best Multi-Resurrects!

If you haven’t heard the news, Mercy’s resurrection ability is getting a big overhaul. Mercy will no longer be able to use her ultimate to resurrect multiple teammates. Her ultimate ability will be replaced with the new “Valkyrie” ultimate, which increases her damage, range, and allows her to fly freely. Battle Mercy mains rejoice! 

However, this means that we must bid farewell to multi-resurrects. But dry your tears, Mercy fans, we’re giving multi-resurrects a proper send off with a contest! Two winners will receive the ultimate Mercy prize pack!

To enter, upload an Overwatch video of you resurrecting 2 or more  teammates. Add the tag #GoodbyeMultiRes. You can use our Overwatch integration to help you easily find your Mercy resurrections.

You may submit multiple videos for submission. The more you submit, the better chance you’ll have to win! The winners will be judged and chosen by the staff.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

2 lucky winners will receive:

  • Mercy Nendoroid
  • Mercy Print by Steph Lew
  • “Have Mercy” Tee
  • $20 Gift Card


  1. Contest will run from August 30th, 2017 – September 19th, 2017
  2. Videos must be submitted to to qualify
  3. Videos must be from Overwatch and must contain a resurrection of 2 or more team mates.
  4. Videos must be using the Overwatch integration (will be automatically tagged with a “resurrection event”)
  5. Submissions must contain the #GoodbyeMultiRes tag — you may edit this into your description if you forget to add it.
  6. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM PST on September 19th, 2017 

Remember, HEROES NEVER DIE, so get out there and get some multi-resurrects while you still can! Did someone call a doctor?

Overwatch Integration Spotlight Part 3: Put your videos wherever you want and get noticed

Get noticed

Getting noticed can be difficult with so many channels out there. wants you to have as many chances as you can to get your videos seen.

We provide a place for your video to live, but you can share it to pretty much anywhere your heart desires.

There is one-click sharing to:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Tumblr

You can also use the link or embed to get creative and post anywhere else.

Something else that is great for is learning from each other. Be it watching gameplay before buying, or discovering strats for the top competitive games, we’ve got it.

We hope you’ve gotten a little something out of our Integration Spotlight series. We can’t wait to see your Overwatch plays!

We’re teaming up with Master Overwatch loves Master Overwatch

Master Overwatch is the place to go for in-depth Overwatch stats. Be it yours, your teammates, your mentors or rivals, you can get the data you need to improve your skills.

We’ve partnered with Master Overwatch so your stats pages will populate with your Overwatch videos. Your favorite plays and statistics are now all in one place for easy analysis.

If you have your Overwatch account connected in the desktop app, your Overwatch videos can now be automatically added to your stats page on Master Overwatch. Simply connect your account on Master Overwatch and in your settings there, select the following:

MOW Connect

Don’t worry, only public videos will be instantly shared. On your profile page, you will have a link to your Master Overwatch stats. It’s an easy way to show off, as well as improve and learn.

Check out Master Overwatch here.

Overwatch Integration Spotlight Part 2: Creating montages is breezy with


Did you know you could create montages with

Our Overwatch integration enhances the clean and snappy editing suite that offers. Edit your plays and create montages like the pros with our easy-to-master tools.

Go straight to the clip by clicking on an automatic bookmark. Creating a montage is as simple as holding CTRL while you click on all the bookmarks you want to include! This works with automatic and manual bookmarks, and you can resize the length of clips after selection.

You can add the following to personalize your plays:

  • Text – say anything
  • Stickers – for maximum silliness
  • Enable your username as a small watermark – get credit once it’s out in the wild

Ultimately, we want you to have a powerful yet direct tool for channeling your creativity.

Sneak preview next topic: Get famous.

Noble Gamescom Giveaway

Get hype, it’s time for PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Gamescom Invitational tournament! From August 23rd – August 26th,  the best teams in PUBG esports will be competing in Cologne, Germany. Noble esports will be one of the teams fighting for glory at this unprecedented event.

To celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Noble to present this amazing giveaway. Here’s what you could win:

  • 1x Arozzi Chair “Mezzo”
  • 1x “Noble Runs These Streets” Tee by DESIGNBYHUMANS
  • 1x LogitechG “433 Headset”

Want to win some of that awesome swag? All you need to do is find some Noble graffiti in-game, upload a video and tag #NobleGamescom. You can find the Noble graffiti throughout the PUBG map. Check on rooftops, on buildings, or even on the sides of sheds:

We will be accepting submissions from August, 23rd 2017 until September 5th, 2017. See below for the full rules and instructions:


  • You must submit your own original video to your own account
  • You may submit multiple clips (entries), but they must all be unique
  • You may include the Noble clip in any PUBG montages that you upload
  • You must include the tag, #NobleGamescom, in the description of your video (you can edit it if you forget to add it!)
  • All submissions MUST contain a clip of any Noble graffiti found in-game
  • Submissions must be received by 9/5/2017 at 11:59 PM PST.
  • Any submissions that violate the TOS will be disqualified and removed
  • Winners will be contacted by email (please make sure your email is up-to-date)


  1. Join any PUBG match (TPP or FPP, Solo/Duo/Squad)
  2. Find any Noble graffiti
  3. Submit a video to of you/your team finding the Noble graffiti
  4. Upload your video to and add #NobleGamescom to the description

Noble will be competing in this week’s Gamescom event.  Send your support to them by following them on Twitter at @NobleGG!

Overwatch Integration Spotlight Part 1: Manage your matches and plays for the win

Manage Matches

Managing all your Overwatch clips and finding the right one can take a lot of time.

While records in the background with very little effect on your framerate, it’s also cataloging all your key moments so you don’t have to. It organizes this into matches and keeps track of what hero and map you played in the clip.

This means you can quickly find that insane multi-kill or winning resurrection and share it in seconds.

To be specific, it automatically bookmarks the following:

  • Eliminations
  • Deaths
  • Resurrects
  • Play of the Game

It’s a great learning tool that doesn’t take any setup. Our Overwatch integration helps you jump to the good (or bad) stuff quickly to up your game in the next match.

We want to contribute to the sounds of maniacal laughter as you boop your way to the top. Get going!

Sneak preview of next topic: Montages.