The words “Blizzard” and “server issues” are often combined into one sentence. The company has a nasty track record of launching games without being prepared for the server congestion which results from players all trying to get into the game at the same time. The same can be said for Overwatch 2 which launched late last night. For those who had electricity to download the game in SA, you were probably met with a server queue of about 40,000 people.
That’s because Overwatch 2 was yet another Blizzard game that the company failed to launch correctly. This adds to Blizzard’s infamous track record of other server-based games like Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, Diablo 2, Diablo Immortal and others. Blizzard just cannot get it right even after hosting countless beta and network tests ahead of game launches.
Overwatch 2 went live at 22:00 in SA last night and by the look of things, people all over the world sat and watched the loading screen for hours on end while they waited to get into the game. Twitter users reported queues of over 40,000 users and these waiting times stretched to three hours long.
To make matters worse, the Overwatch 2 servers were then hit by a DDOS attack in the early hours of this morning which resulted in even more server problems for players who managed to get into the game.
About an hour ago at 06:00 am CAT, Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Keller posted a tweet confirming the server issues. He confirmed that the Overwatch 2 servers were hit by a second DDOS attack and that the team were actively looking into the problems.
We’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attack. We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience – we’ll share more info as it becomes available.
— Aaron Keller (@aaronkellerOW) October 5, 2022
If you’re planning on playing Overwatch 2, don’t. Blizzard usually takes a few days to iron out network issues with its new games and you are going to simply waste your time trying to log into the game only to be either met with a long wait time or kicked due to network problems. There’s nothing worse than trying to play a game with the few hours of free time you have only to sit looking at a login screen for hours on end.
You can keep up-to-date by following the Overwatch 2 Twitter account here.