The Overwatch 2 beta went live this week and in a surprise move, Blizzard also partnered up with Twitch to give away beta access to pretty much anyone who logged in yesterday and watched an Overwatch 2 stream. As it turns out, far more people wanted to get in than anticipated, leading to Overwatch's biggest day ever on Twitch.
Players hoping to get into the Overwatch beta were all watching Overwatch 2 streams yesterday, or at the very least, had a stream running in the background. Around 200 streamers participated in the OW2 beta launch, generating 1.5 million concurrent views, the highest ever in the history of Overwatch.
About to get real!
Together we reached over 1.5M concurrent views, the highest day ever for Overwatch on Twitch. Let’s go! pic.twitter.com/bblWCahUYI
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) April 28, 2022
Now because there were so many people eligible for drops, the rollout for beta access is a little slow. It can take up to an hour for the beta to show up in your Battle.net account after claiming the drop through Twitch. If you claim the drop but don't have your battle.net account connected to Twitch, then it could take longer to receive access.
The Overwatch 2 beta offers a first look at the game's PvP mode, which has moved from a 6v6 format in Overwatch 1 to 5v5. The beta features all the maps and heroes from the original game, as well as a few brand new maps and one new playable hero. The game will also have a major PvE game mode, but this isn't available to play at this time. Overwatch 2 is expected to launch in 2023.
KitGuru Says: The Overwatch 2 beta was in high demand yesterday, although the Twitch Drops event should now be over. Did many of you tune in yesterday to gain access?