Overwatch 2 Queue Times Recovering After DDoS Attacks

Overwatch 2 launch plagued with issues

When a new game launches, most gamers expect that things may not always go as smoothly as possible. However, for fans of Overwatch 2, there were more than just first-day hiccups that occurred and caused them to miss valuable playtime. Shortly after the official release of Overwatch 2 at 3 p.m. ET on October 4, 2022, players began experiencing issues with logging in. Approximately 90 minutes later, Blizzard’s President, Mike Ybarra, tweeted that the service was experiencing a DDoS attack. 

Ybarra explained, “Unfortunately we are experiencing a mass DDoS attack on our servers. Teams are working hard to mitigate/manage. This is causing a lot of drop/connection issues.”

Slow Login Queues Seem to Be Improving since Launch

Because of the issues and multiple DDoS attacks, players have been having issues logging into the server, with some login queues being over 40,000 users long. 

While Blizzard is currently still working on the issue, players may notice that even with the large queue numbers, things can move forward quicker today than they did yesterday during the launch. However, some gamers may still experience connectivity issues, even after logging in, and may need to rejoin the queue after being disconnected.

Overwatch 2 Free-To-Play Launch

Because Overwatch 2 has gone to a free-to-play model, many more players were able to download a copy of the game on multiple platforms. This means that there was much more activity than normal (in addition to the DDoSattacks), especially with it being launch day. 

However, as Blizzard knows about the issue and is actively working on it, players should be patient and expect things to be in working order as soon as possible.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Overwatch 2 in our News Section