PBE: League Director and the Replay API (new content creation tools)

Hey content creators! Over the last year, we've been trying to improve our creator support programs, with a focus on leveling up globally. Hopefully you've seen global initiatives like the [League Partner Program](https://partners.leagueoflegends.com/) and checked out the new [All-Star Event](https://na.leagueoflegends.com/en/featured/all-star-event-2018) format in 2018. With those, we want to help connect streamers and video creators to each other and to Riot, but for this post, we're gonna look to the future and talk about our plans around the bread and butter of content creation: actually making cool shit. Enter: the new **Replay API** and **League Director**. League Director is a downloadable content creation tool that hooks up to the new Replay API on League (more on this below). Play a replay from your match history, boot up League Director, and you'll have access to a timeline, camera tools, video exporting, and a lot more. Here are a few of the features we'd love for you to try out: *Free camera movement* https://media.giphy.com/media/EpWuZkxi3Q9VNVs9fv/giphy.gif *Element visibility* https://media.giphy.com/media/OOSUZIBZWxSWlaHt2S/giphy.gif *Timeline editing* https://media.giphy.com/media/AFvmD1M2bcA0Ivf1Fk/giphy.gif *Video exporting* https://media.giphy.com/media/1jvZUjl8yj0w9l8JHO/giphy.gif We're happy to also announce that League Director will be open source, meaning community developers can create their own copies with new features and modify and release them as they wish as long it's free and fully available. The current landscape of community-created tools require a lot of manual fixes by their devs as League patches, while League Director should require minimal upkeep (fingers crossed). League Director is just one example of a tool that community developers could make using the newly-released **Replay API**. We're really excited to see everyone get stuck in and get creative with the tools we're opening up to the public. Read more about that [here](https://developer.riotgames.com/replay-apis.html). One note on League Director: consider this release a jumping off point for the community; we're likely not going to keep updating the public tool with large content updates. For the public release, we hope the community can continue owning and developing League Director beyond its current capabilities through the Replay API, but please give us your feedback on what works and what doesn't! Right now, the tool is only available in English, but will be usable on replays on all servers from the current patch. We hope to release the tool for all live servers during **patch 9.4**. Before we go, we all want to give a huge thank you to the work that community creators like [SkinSpotlights](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0NwzCHb8Fg89eTB5eYX17Q) and [League of Editing](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0zI78IpZ9w8cjSDL1LLcFw) have been doing over the last few years to push the boundaries of what's possible in League's engine. We have been using SkinSpotlights' Creator Suite alongside our own tools and art internally for a while now - gameplay trailers like [Sylas](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6tWvy3JvFI), [The Day Before Snowdown](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2NVjOWxNtA), and [The Coven and the Eclipse](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF1v85_j9uw) would not have been possible without resources from the League community. [**Download League Director from Riot Github**](https://github.com/riotgames/leaguedirector/releases/latest) (PBE only for now, full release in patch 9.4) [**Check out the Replay API on Riot Developer Portal**](https://developer.riotgames.com/replay-apis.html)
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