Those who try to play the beta get a Overwatch 2 connection error telling them that they failed to connect to the game server. What makes things more frustrating is the fact that the error message doesn’t give any useful information on how to fix it. Unfortunately, this is a problem we’ve seen many times when games first go live, and there’s no easy fix.
Why am I getting an error connecting to Overwatch 2?
The reason for the Overwatch 2 connection error is that too many people are trying to connect at the same time. The closed beta has just gone live and the servers are overwhelmed. So the only real solution is to keep trying to connect and hope you can eventually access the server. People are actively playing on all platforms, so once you get in, the game should work fine.
Of course, it is possible that the problem is on your side. You can browse the standard troubleshooting tips if you think this is the case. Reset your PC or console, modem, and router, and see if that helps. Also make sure the ports are open on your router to allow the game to connect to the servers. Other than that, there’s not much you can do but wait.
It seems that no matter how many game launches we go through, the same thing happens every time, especially with Activision Blizzard games. Overwatch 2 is the (kinda) sequel to an incredibly popular game, so it’s no wonder people are flocking to the servers to be among the first to play it. Blizzard had said that they were issuing invitations in waves to mitigate this sort of thing. However, enough people may have purchased the Watchpoint bundle, which includes beta access, to cancel their attempt.