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Overwatch 2 Hit with DDoS Attack on Launch Day

Overwatch 2 Hit with DDoS Attack on Launch Day - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 October 2022 / 2,103 Views

Blizzard Entertainment released Overwatch 2 today as a free-to-play title, however players have been dealing with long wait times on entering the game.

Blizzard president Mike Ybarra let players know on Twitter the reason for the long wait times is due to the servers being hit with a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack.

"Teams are working hard on server issues with Overwatch 2," said Ybarra. "We are humbled by the excitement of players and will continue to focus on issues and get players into the fun! Thanks for your patience."

He added, "Unfortunately we are experiencing a mass DDoS attack on our servers. Teams are working hard to mitigate/manage. This is causing a lot of drop/connection issues."

For those trying to play the game there is a message that states, "We're aware that some players are encountering an unexpected server error message when attempting to sign in. This is actively being worked on. Thank you for your patience."

Overwatch 2 is available for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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9 Comments
Salnax (on 05 October 2022)

Are we sure they're being honest? Because if I was incompetent enough to not have enough servers on launch day and were as immoral as Activision Blizzard leadership, this is the kind of excuse I would make.

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smroadkill15 (on 05 October 2022)

I'm definitely going to play it at some point, but I'm going to wait until it's in a good spot.

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The Fury (on 05 October 2022)

It's odd how it released to very little fanfair, I logged on, downloaded the update with no issues, had to do some verification thing which took ages as Battle.net was dead, then logged into the game (which I will add is just an update on PS4) to my account having been reset. Seems this was a common issue.

Will just not play for a week or more.

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Signalstar (on 04 October 2022)

Hackers are such loser scum

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VAMatt Signalstar (on 04 October 2022)

Ddos isn't really hacking. It's basically just a person or group of people being assholes with no possible benefit for anyone, other than them being able to say that they screwed up the day for some gamers and the IT people at Blizzard.

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Chazore VAMatt (on 05 October 2022)

It is still an act that is technically illegal to do, and tbh, the guys doing it should be fined and arrested.

Blizz may still have shit to go through to course correct itself, but ppl are paying for this and being screwed over because of a tiny salty bunch of tards that have no purpose in life than to waste time on a ddos.

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 05 October 2022)

People jump on the "hacking" bandwagon pretty readily these days.

Even when someone "spoofs" their email/phone number or when they fell for a "phishing" attempt... Or used "password" as their password for their account... They all attribute it to "hacking".

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method114 Pemalite (on 05 October 2022)

Email spoofing and getting someone's password is hacking. The definition clearly would label something like that as hacking. Well I guess just email spoofing alone wouldn't fit the definition but if you get their password and get into their account then yes you hacked their account. DDOS no that is not hacking that I agree with.

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TheTitaniumNub VAMatt (on 05 October 2022)

I mean Blizzard is pretty shit so, a Ddos seems pretty fitting

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