“Overwatch 2” players have been spoiled by an early distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the first hours of its official release.

Blizzard has confirmed that players are struggling to access the game. Some noticed that they could not connect to the game without an internet connection.

Blizzard Encounters DDoS Attack During ‘Overwatch 2’ Launch

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Blizzard says that a DDoS attack has stopped the “Overwatch 2” players from accessing the game for hours.

The first few hours of “Overwatch 2” were gloomy for the players who could not wait to play the game on PC. However, the fun only lasted for a short time after a sudden DDoS scheme attacked the servers.

According to a report by Techradar, several players are welcomed with a ” “Game server connection failed…retrying” message whenever they attempt to connect to the game

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. https://t.co/4GwrfHEiBE

— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) October 4, 2022

Blizzard initially assumed that the server problems were only attributed to the influx of gamers playing “Overwatch.” However, it turns out that it’s not the case: the reason behind the issue is a massive cyberattack waiting to be discovered.

Blizzard is Working to Resolve the Issues

Per Video Games Chronicle, the “Overwatch 2” creator has been reportedly looking for a potential solution to the DDoS attack that recently hit the newest first-person shooter.

We’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attack. We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience – we’ll share more info as it becomes available.

— Aaron Keller (@aaronkellerOW) October 5, 2022

It appears that the connection of some players has become more stable in the morning. Some connection issues might have been fixed through the night.

“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,” Blizzard’s president Mike Ybarra said.

The affected players will see an in-game message about the server outage brought by the cyber attack. The message reads, “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.”

Blizzard Account Verification 

Last month, the company announced its new policy of requiring a phone number for each user who will gain access to a Blizzard account.

The game developer, also known for its popular games like “World of Warcraft” and “Diablo,” said that the account verification aims to block cheaters and spammers from infiltrating the game. These include players who disrupt their teammate’s gameplay, as well as those who curse them on the mic.

Per Aaron Keller, the director behind “Overwatch,” the team is now making steady progress in restoring the servers’ stability for every player.

While some players are unlucky to experience unnecessary crashes when launching the game, some streamers have encountered no issue whatsoever.

According to The Verge, there are Twitch content creators who managed to stream their “Overwatch 2” gameplay on their channel with no interruptions.

Written by Joseph Henry

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