How to Get Overwatch 2 Beta Twitch Drops

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April 28, 2022: The Overwatch 2 beta Twitch drops event has ended. There have been reports of drops not granting beta access as expected (which we can corroborate), and while Blizzard reps have been seeing to things on the forums, we can personally confirm that the issue is not resolved as they suggest.

If you’re after Overwatch 2 beta Twitch drops, then you’re in the right place. Twitch drops during April and May are your chance to get into the first Overwatch 2 beta even if you didn’t get an invitation in the usual way. Prepare for the long haul, though. It’ll take several hours before you get your drop.

This guide explains how to claim Overwatch 2 Twitch drops and what you get from them. We've also got a handy list of all the eligible streamers, so you know exactly who to watch to claim your beta access.

If you’re after more Overwatch, catch up on what to expect from from Doomfist's changes in the upcoming game and why one of Overwatch's most well-known streamers won't be around to experience it.

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Why Didn't My Overwatch 2 Twitch Drop Work?

If you managed to watch four hours of Overwatch 2 content on Twitch in the eight-hour period on April 27, you should have gained automatic entry into the Overwatch 2 beta on PC - but many didn't (including ourselves).

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Blizzard reps on the forums downplayed the issue, saying that most didn't have a Blizzard account linked to their Twitch account at the time of the promotion, and that only a few who did were affected by the issue.

There's every chance the system is still working to grant licenses, but no update has been posted in over six hours now to say that the issue has been resolved. Access could still arrive for those who hit the four-hour threshold, but we can't confirm nor deny that at this time.

How Do I Get Overwatch 2 Twitch Drops?

  • Log in using the Battle.net account that you synced with Twitch drops.
  • Click the Overwatch icon located at the top of the launcher homepage.
  • Navigate to the Game Version drop-down menu located at the bottom left of the Overwatch game page.
  • Select Overwatch 2 Technical Beta, install, and press the blue Play button to start.
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If you want to get an Overwatch 2 beta key from Twitch drops, you'll need to watch at least four hours of selected Overwatch 2 streamers starting April 27, 2022, from 10am PT/6pm BST to an unspecified time after.

Yes, getting access to the Overwatch 2 beta involves you simply watching some livestreams. Note that you'll need an active Twitch account. You'll need to have linked your Blizzard account to said Twitch account as well - access is granted that way rather than through a traditional Overwatch 2 beta key. Then, tune into any of the affiliated Overwatch streamers, and wait for the time to rack up.

Of course, you can simply turn the stream on and leave it running in the background.

Twitch won't force you to keep the tab at the forefront of your desktop, so don't go thinking you need to actively pin your eyeballs to four hours of hardcore Overwatch 2 content just to keep an eye out for a code you might need to redeem faster than 300 other code-hungry fans. Just watch, listen, or walk away. So long as you count as a viewer to one of the eligible Overwatch 2 streamers, you'll get Overwatch 2 beta access in four hours.

How Do I Use My Overwatch 2 Beta Twitch Drop?

Here's the official guidance from Twitch and Blizzard as to how to use your Overwatch 2 Beta Twitch drop.

Link your Battle.net and Twitch account to earn a beta drop. To redeem an Overwatch 2 PvP Beta drop, you must have an Overwatch license associated with your account. Players who don’t already own Overwatch will still be able to access the build through a free trial that will be offered throughout the PvP Beta. While it’s not necessary to install Overwatch, doing so may reduce download and install times for the beta build.
You will gain access to the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta when you redeem a Twitch drop. You will need to install the game version on the Battle.net Launcher.
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Who Are the Overwatch 2 Twitch Drop Streamers?

There's no shortage of streamers to pick from. We've listed all the participating creators below. Equally, you can see the full list on the Blizzard website if that's easier.

That's it for our look at how to get in the Overwatch 2 beta through Twitch drops! Feel free to also check out our hub on the beta start date, as well as some info on when the Overwatch 2 release date should be.