Overwatch 2 It’s finally released, but it’s been hard to consistently enjoy the game due to long virtual queues to start playing and other server issues once you’re in a match. According to ActivisionBlizzarda distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is to blame for these day one server problems.
“Unfortunately, we are experiencing a massive DDoS attack on our servers,” Blizzard Entertainment President Mike Ybarra tweeted on October 4 shortly after thanking players for their excitement and apologizing for the server issues. “Teams are working hard to mitigate/manage. This is causing a lot of drop/connection issues.”
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
Overwatch 2 it’s a completely online game, so a DDoS attack that targets the game’s servers and is difficult to quell is obviously a major issue for both players and developers. No individual group has claimed credit for the DDoS attack at this time, and server issues are ongoing at the time of this writing.
This is a very difficult situation for Overwatch 2 for beleaguered Activision Blizzard. In 2021, reports of harassment and discrimination emerged throughout Activision Blizzard, causing player sentiment to turn against the company and developers to fold and unionize. The consequences of this can still be felt as recently as today, when the National Labor Relations Board called out Activision Blizzard for denying union activists raises.
Overwatch 2 It’s also Blizzard’s first new game after announcing its impending acquisition of Microsoft and trying to revive a live service franchise that’s been ignored for a couple of years, so there’s a lot more pressure on this release than a DDoS attack. it certainly doesn’t help. We will update this post if Ybarra shares more information about this DDoS attack.
Overwatch 2 It’s free to play and available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.