How to access the Overwatch 2 beta

Read this step-by-step guide on how to access the Overwatch 2 beta to make sure you don't miss your chance to try out Activision Blizzard's latest

The first Overwatch 2 PvP beta has come and gone and we’re already desperate to jump back into the next evolution of Blizzard’s hero shooter. Thankfully, there’s another one on the way and we have evertything you need to know about how to access the Overwatch 2 beta below.

Last time around, there were a lot of oppourtunities to get guaranteed access to the beta ahead of it’s release and we don’t think things are going to change going forwards. You’ll still need to own a PC, a copy of the original Overwatch game, and have enough data to download and play, but that’s about it.

If you didn’t play the last PvP beta, then don’t worry – simply follow the step-by-step guide on how to access the Overwatch 2 beta below and you will be prepared for when Blizzard starts the next PvP beta. Blizzard has warned players that details and dates are subject to change, so remember to check back from time to time to make sure you have all the right information as the beta continues to roll out.

How to access the Overwatch 2 beta

At the moment, there is no Overwatch 2 beta available to access. However, Blizzard is revealing more information on June 16 – so, we should see it start soon after that.

  • Create a battle.net account
  • Make sure to claim your free Overwatch license
  • Connect your battle.net account to your Twitch account
  • Watch four hours of featured streamers on Twitch
  • Claim your Overwatch 2 beta Twitch Drop
  • Enjoy the beta!

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Create a battle.net account

Presuming you already have a PC, and that it meets the minimum requirements to run Overwatch 2, then the very first step to get into the beta is to set up your battle.net account.

Battle.net is Activision Blizzard’s free client and acts as a hub for all of its games on PC and Mac. If you’ve ever played Call of Duty: Warzone on PC, or dabbled in a World of Warcraft account, you will not only have used battle.net but already have an account good to go.

To get started, make sure to download the battle.net client here. Install it and follow further instructions to register an account. You do not need to use the same e-mail address to register for battle.net as you have used/will use to register for Twitch, so don’t panic if you’ve already registered and fear losing all your beloved Blizzard games.

Once you’re registered and you’ve verified your account (via the e-mail battle.net will have sent to your address), it’s time to move on to step two.

Make sure to claim your free Overwatch licence

This step is very important, as without an Overwatch licence – an agreement between you, the player, and Activision Blizzard, that you are entitled to play Overwatch – you will not be able to access the beta.

The easiest way to guarantee your Overwatch licence is to simply purchase a copy of Overwatch 1 – for many players interested in the beta, you should already have an Overwatch licence associated with your battle.net account, so don’t need to worry about this step at all.

For those who don’t want to pay for the game, however, fear not! There is another way to gain access to a licence, without spending a single penny or dime. Simply download the Overwatch free trial via battle.net, which Activision Blizzard has assured eager players will be available throughout the beta. Check the Overwatch page on battle.net (in your region) for further details on accessing the trial.

Connect your battle.net account to your Twitch account

This next step is pretty straightforward, but it will require you to have a verified Twitch account. To get this set-up, simply go to Twitch.tv and sign up in the top right corner, then verify your e-mail address.

Once your account is up and running, make sure you’re logged in, then go to the top right corner for your account options, and hit ‘Settings’ in the dropdown list.

Next, select the ‘Connections’ section near the top of the page, and from there you should find an option to connect your battle.net account listed. Simply hit the ‘connect’ button and follow the instructions to verify and you’re done!

Watch four hours of featured streamers on Twitch

Now it’s time for the biggest commitment of the entire beta unlocking process: watching verified streamers on Twitch for an accumulated four hours. Here you will need to put in the time viewing a pre-approved list of Twitch streamers to earn the much-coveted Twitch drop that gains you access to the beta.

Note that viewership will only count between 5 pm GMT / 1 pm ET April 27 and 1 am GMT April 28 / 9 pm ET April 27. That’s a brief window of only eight hours, so schedule accordingly! If you miss the window, don’t fret – you might still be able to get an invite to play the beta if you opt-in; it just won’t likely be this weekend.

Next, make sure you are logged into your battle.net-connected Twitch account before watching any of the streamers. Any Twitch viewing undertaken while not logged in will not count towards your total hours invested.

The next thing to take stock of is who is verified to contribute to your Twitch drop. The official Overwatch website has the full list of streamers, though the recommended approach is to go to Twitch, find someone you enjoy, and then check the list to make sure they’re verified to gain you access to the beta.

Many big names are attached to the list, so chances are your favourite streamers will be in there, from big streamer personalities like xQc and Pokimane, to Overwatch League pros like Geguri and Jake, and even big names in the Overwatch community like YourOverwatch and Samito.

Don’t forget that you can also mix and match your viewing preferences, as Twitch will be counting the accumulated four hours across all verified channels, so you don’t have to stick to just one stream for four hours straight. Also, if you’re not all that into livestreams, you can always just mute the video and let it run for four hours – just make sure the feed didn’t finish while you were looking away!

Claim your Overwatch 2 beta Twitch Drop

After committing four hours to Twitch, you should receive a notification on your browser or phone app to let you know you’ve received a Twitch drop.

If you haven’t received the notification, but know you’ve put in the time, simply go to the drops section of your account (accessed via the top right of the website) and check your inventory. Your Overwatch 2 beta access should be ready and waiting for you, simply click through to add the access to your battle.net account.

Enjoy the beta!

With access secured, now all you need to do is log in to battle.net, open the Overwatch homepage via the launcher, select the Overwatch 2 technical beta in the ‘Game Version’ drop-down menu, and hit play to start.

And that’s it! All that’s left is to team up with friends and strangers and check all the new maps and modes available, though keep in mind certain features like the upcoming PvE mode as well as certain hero designs won’t be ready for the beta.

Check out the Overwatch 2 beta FAQs for more details regarding the beta – otherwise, enjoy saving the world until the beta ends on May 17!