Overwatch 2 has finally launched for all platforms. Fans around the globe were excited to get their hands on the new game; however, it was met with disappointment due to being plagued by several network issues at the moment. Reports suggest that users are either unable to log in or they are facing long queue times.
Overwatch 2 is a first-person shooter title from Blizzard where two teams of five players each can compete against each other to achieve the match's objective. Before the battle begins, they select from a roster of available "Heroes" who possess unique abilities.
This article takes a closer look at the causes and some possible fixes for the network problems.
Everything players need to know about Overwatch 2's login error and long queue times
Login errors and long queue times arise when too many people try to join the server at the same time. Due to Overwatch 2's recent launch, it is not surprising that fans are all trying to log in the game simultaneously.
This has left many users either stuck on the 'In Queue' screen or greeted with the "Login Error: Failed to connect to game server. Please try again at a later time" error message.
What causes Overwatch 2's login error and long queue times?
These errors generally have to do with the game's server load. With a large number of players simultaneously trying to access Overwatch 2, the servers get overloaded, following which they have to deny further access to players.
Users can also face it in the following instances:
- They don't have a Moderate or Open NAT type.
- Their Antivirus/Firewall is blocking access to the servers.
Possible fixes for the login error and long queue times
If the problem lies on the player's end instead of the server's, here are some possible fixes worth trying:
1) Change Battle.net region
For PC users, try changing Overwatch 2's region on Battle.net. If servers in one location are overloaded or down, then proceed to select a server from a different region.
To do this, follow the steps below:
- First, open your Battle.net client.
- Now head over to the game's page and click on the 'globe' icon near the Play button.
- This will open up the list for different server regions available. It will by default have a region select.
- Proceed to change the server region here.
2) Turn off the antivirus/firewall
If the above fix doesn't work, try turning off your antivirus or provide access to the game through your firewall. In some instances, your antivirus might report a false positive and ultimately prevent the game from accessing the Overwatch 2 servers.
However, if Windows Firewall is denying you access, then you might want to consider providing the application permission rather than turning off your firewall completely.
3) Clear DNS cache
To clear your DNS cache on Windows 10, do the following:
- Click on Start.
- Enter 'cmd' in the Start menu search box.
- Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator.
- Here, run the following command: "ipconfig /flushdns" [without the quotes].
If this process is successfully executed, you should be greeted with a "Windows IP configuration successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache" message.
4) Restart router
Most home routers tend to lose buffers internally, which can lead to network issues down the line. Hence, it is recommended to restart your router. This will reset the settings, possibly allowing you to access the game.
These are all the possible fixes at the moment. However, if the servers are down or riddled with high traffic, then players must wait until the off-peak period to play the game.