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spectators hearing voicechat


FNG / Fresh Meat
Jul 27, 2011
Hey, so I'm hosting a dedicated server and I need help with something.
I can keep an eye on the chat via webadmin, but sometimes I'll go spectate the server to make sure people aren't breaking the server rules.
As a spectator I can see all text (even team, which webadmin can't) but I can't hear the voicechat unless I actually join the game.
Is there a way to make it so I can also hear the player's voicechat as a spectator?
I see that under Chat in the web admin interface it says:
Enable Voice Chat (yes)
Enable local Channel (yes)
Mute Spectators (no)
Partition Spectators (no)
Local Chat Radius (20.00)
Local Chat Range (1000.00)

I'm not sure what most of these means, but can I modify them to fix my issue? I've checked the wiki/forums and I can't find an explanation for what these do exactly. I know the enable voice chat, mute spec, and partition, but I'm not sure about the others and if they apply to specs.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Dec 12, 2011
Nope, you can join the game and then change to spec and then you will still be able to hear them.


FNG / Fresh Meat
Oct 23, 2018
I would like the ability to hear voice chat without me joining a game. I don't know why it was set up this way in the first place. I admin on servers I want to spectate a game and including listening what people are saying on their mics. It would be nice to have this ability for admins.