How to get into the Overwatch 2 beta

Details on how to sign up for the Overwatch 2 PvP beta and the steps to link your Twitch account to grab access to Overwatch 2 beta via Twitch Drops

Overwatch 2 beta: Sojourner standing

Want to know how to get into the Overwatch 2 beta? If you’re a fan of Blizzard’s FPS game and want to be among the first to play the sequel, you need to sign up for the upcoming beta. Selected players will receive invites to download and install the PC version of the beta. This beta is only available on Windows PCs, but future betas will include access for console players.

The Overwatch 2 beta will run until May 17, but this date is subject to change if Blizzard decides it would be beneficial for testing. To help you get into the Overwatch 2 beta, we’ve provided step-by-step instructions below that cover how to sign up on the official website and how to link your Battle.Net account to Twitch to get access to the PvP beta via Twitch drops.

Before you sign up though, it’s worth checking out the Overwatch 2 beta system requirements to ensure that you can play the beta on your PC. You will also need a Battle.Net account in good standing to be eligible for the beta.

Here is how to sign up for the Overwatch 2 beta:

  • Go to the Overwatch 2 beta website
  • Scroll down to where it says “Opt into the beta” and click the button
  • Sign into your Battle.Net account, making sure you use your authenticator if you have one
  • The Overwatch 2 beta website will reload automatically, displaying a message that thanks you for signing up

After performing these steps, you will be considered for the upcoming Overwatch PvP beta, which will appear in the inbox of the email address assigned to your Battle.Net account. Please note that signing up does not guarantee access to the Overwatch 2 beta and you need to own Overwatch on PC to get access. So if you don’t currently own Overwatch, don’t worry. You’ll be able to download and install the game as a free trial during this beta period if you have a beta invite.

Overwatch 2 beta - the account page of the Battle.Net website showing existing connections to external accounts and orange arrows pointing to the link to connect to a Twitch account. The username has been edited out.

Overwatch 2 beta Twitch drops

Alternatively, you can get into the Overwatch 2 beta by watching a streamer for four hours on Twitch. To do this, you’ll need to link your Twitch account to your Battle.Net account using the following steps:

  • Log into your Battle.Net account via the official Blizzard website
  • Click your username in the top right corner of the screen and click
  • Account Settings
  • Click the Connections tab
  • Click ‘+ Connect’ next to the line against Twitch
  • Click Continue to open the Twitch website
  • Log into your Twitch account
  • Click Authorize
  • Click Continue once more to link your account

Next up, head over to Twitch to watch a streamer play the game from the following date and time:

Overwatch 2 beta Twitch drop Times

  • April 27 – 10am PDT – April 27 – 6pm PDT
  • April 27 – 1pm EDT – April 27 – 9pm EDT
  • April 27 – 6pm BST – April 28 – 2am BST
  • April 27 – 7pm CEST – April 28 – 3am CEST
  • April 28 – 3am AEDT – April 28 – 11am AEDT

You can find a complete list of the streamers participating in the Overwatch 2 Twitch Drops program on the Overwatch PvP beta FAQ.

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With any luck, you should gain access to the Overwatch 2 PvP beta. The beta includes reworks for Orisa, Bastion, and Sombra, the new hero Sojourn, the new ping system, and four maps to play on. It’s still a while away from the Overwatch 2 release date, but the beta should give us a first glimpse of what’s to come in the final game. Don’t forget to read our Overwatch 2 tier list to find out which heroes you should be picking during the beta.

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