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OverwatchMay 4, 2022 10:00 am CT

How to sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta — including access from the Overwatch League season opener

The Overwatch 2 beta is hottest ticket on the internet. PVP beta testing began on April 26, 2022, but you’ll still have to sign up to have the opportunity to jump in to the game early. Here’s how you can sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta to get the first look at the latest game.

Blizzard has changed how it handles beta signups — while you once had a single sign up page on your account page that let you opt in to all Blizzard betas, now you sign up for each beta individually. Fortunately, Signing up for the Overwatch 2 beta is very straightforward: just click on the Overwatch 2 beta opt-in link, make sure you’re logged into your Battle.net account, and the hamsters that run the internet will do the rest. Just keep trying and your patience will pay off, much like all our collective patience to get our hot little hands on the Overwatch 2 beta is about to pay off in the next few weeks.

If you don’t get lucky in the first few waves, may we suggest it’s a good time to get into esports? Overwatch League kicks off May 5, and as a part of the celebration, they’re adding 1500 new players to beta every hour. You’ll have to link your Battle.net and YouTube accounts, which is outlined in the official post. Then, just watch the esports action for at least an hour to be eligible, with keys rolling off at the top of the hour, for every hour you watch during the day — so if you watch a half an hour at the top of the show, turn off the stream and come back halfway through hour three, you’ll be eligible for two key giveaways. As you watch, you’ll also earn Overwatch League tokens, which you can use to purchase skins and other League-themed loot — eventually.

As a reminder, Blizzard stopped issuing beta keys a while back, so be wary of beta key scams. Now, everything from friends and family alpha to the betas themselves are done by enabling access to your email address directly. It’ll just pop up on your launcher. Even if you get a huge splashy email that looks legit saying that you’re invited to the beta, for security reasons you shouldn’t click on anything in the email — instead, log in and check your beta status manually — if you’re in the beta, you should see a drop down option for it in the launcher. On that note, you may want to make sure to link your account to an authenticator just in case.

Originally published August 16 2019, updated May 4, 2022.

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