Overwatch 2 servers - Queue times, server error codes, and 502 bad gateway fix

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October 4, 2022: We've updated the Overwatch 2 servers guide with a few fixes for the first error codes.

Wondering what's up with the Overwatch 2 servers? The latest FPS hit from Blizzard is nearly here, but players are already anticipating some issues with the servers upon launch. It's a fairly common experience with new launches, especially those that focus on online multiplayer, so brace yourself for some tricky teething problems.

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In this Overwatch 2 guide, we'll detail everything you need to know about the servers. That includes when they're set to go live, as well as troubleshooting for some common problems you'll no doubt encounter. Namely, we'll explore why you may be stuck in a queue, and what to do if you're booted from the servers.

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When is the Overwatch 2 release time?

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The Overwatch 2 servers are set to go live on October 4, 2022. More precisely, they open at 12 PM PDT or 3PM EDT. Therefore, you've only got a few short hours left to wait until you can get your hands on the game.

Right now, dedicated Overwatch players are in a state of limbo. Servers for the 2016 original have officially closed, meaning there's no longer a way to play that game. However, the servers for the sequel still aren't up yet, so right now there's no way at all to get some Overwatch action in.

Of course, there really isn't long left to wait until Overwatch 2 is all yours. Check the countdown below to see how much more time there is to go.

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Overwatch 2 "There are 0 players ahead of you" fix

If you're logging in only to be told you're in a queue of 0 people, that's because the Overwatch 2 servers aren't live in your region yet.

It's not that everyone is in and there just happens to be nobody queuing to take their spot - the server just isn't available to queue anyone at all, so there's technically no queue. Basically, the game is closed. There's no point queueing.

Overwatch 2 Game server connection failed fix

If you're getting the Game server connection failed Overwatch 2 error code, it's basically the same thing as the one above. The servers either aren't live in your region yet for you to connect to or they're just being hammered so hard that they can't accommodate you right now. You'll just have to keep trying - though we recommend trying at a quieter time. You'll be lucky to get in during peak hours on day one.

What are the Overwatch 2 queue times?

With the servers going live at around 8pm BST for some, they've landed in queues of up to 20k players - which is where the counter seems to cap out but not actually limit players joining.

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Because of that, we're not entirely sure how long the Overwatch 2 queue time is right now. Some who joined early got in relatively quickly only to be booted out when the servers crashed, putting them to the back of the queue anyway.

Though it only took some mere minutes to get in, the Overwatch 2 queue time is likely far higher now that most know the servers are accepting logins, so don't hold your breath that you'll be playing tonight.

Overwatch 2 502 bad gateway fix

If you're getting the Overwatch 2 502 bad gateway error code, it's just the game's way of saying the servers are down for the count. Just keep trying with this one and you'll likely end up in the 20,000 person queue. It's better than nothing.

Why are the Overwatch 2 servers down?

According to Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, the Blizzard servers fell victim to a heavy DDoS attack on October 4, 2022. If you're struggling to sign in, this is probably why.

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What is a DDOS attack?

A DDoS attack is an abbreviated term for a distributed denial-of-service attack: a weapon of choice for computer-savvy people to overwhelm servers for malicious purposes. They're generally conducted by using bots and scripts to repeatedly send requests to a server, overloading its potential to serve its purpose.

As for why the Overwatch 2 servers are being DDoS'd, it could be the cause of a self-rightous internet vigilant group hoping to punish Activision Blizzard for its various issues, some bored people just out to cause trouble, or something else. If no person or group claims credit for the attacks, we won't really know why they're happening.

Why is there a queue for the Overwatch 2 servers?

Once the Overwatch 2 servers go live and the game officially launches, there's a good chance you'll face a queue to get in. While you may expect Blizzard to already be on top of the throes of players trying to get in, day-one game servers always tend to struggle a bit.

With thousands and potentially millions of Overwatch fans aiming to get some matches in within the first 24 hours, the servers may struggle to keep up with the demand.

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Therefore, Blizzard may bottleneck the servers a little, resulting in queues to get in. This is purely to prevent the game from crashing entirely, and shouldn't last for too long. Give it a few weeks, and the Overwatch 2 servers will be more than able to cope with the demand.

Why was I booted from the Overwatch 2 servers?

Another common occurrence you may run into is being booted from the Overwatch 2 servers. Through no fault of your own, the game could redirect you to the main menu, forcing you to sign back in and go from square one.

If this happens, it could be due to a number of things. Firstly, and most likely, the Overwatch 2 servers are down or not running properly. That's par for the course with new online games, let alone free-to-play behemoths like this. Check the Overwatch 2 server status page on DownDetector to see whether things are working as they're meant to.

However, Blizzard does recommend a few easy fixes if you're getting booted. Those tips are as follows, coming directly from the Blizzard support forums:

  • Restart your router and log back in
  • Renew your IP and flush your DNS
  • Update all drivers
  • Close any other applications you have running
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Any of these tips may resolve the problem, but the chances are that early on, if you're booted from Overwatch 2 it's due to the servers struggling to cope. It's hopefully something that will be ironed out fairly soon, but it's bound to happen with a multiplayer game like this.

That's it for our guide to the Overwatch 2 servers! For even more on the game, check out all the maps we know about so far. We've also got a tier list for you to browse!