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Blizzard Drops Phone Number Needed as Overwatch 2 Launch Problems Continue



Overwatch 2’s launch woes continue, with the highly-anticipated hero-shooter being hit with constant DDoS attacks ever since the service went live on October 4. Blizzard has released a statement is in place and has also removed the SMS mobile phone requirement required to play (a measure introduced to combat cheaters).

SMS Protect is a two-factor authentication system implemented for Overwatch 2, another way of not allowing users on pre-paid plans access to the game, outside of ruffling feathers by asking players for their phone numbers. The issue was Not ideal, especially in a free-to-play title, but a patch is coming out today that will remove this requirement for most players.

Specifically, the statement reads: “Any Overwatch player with a connected account, including all players who have played since June 9, 2021, is not required to provide a phone number to play. We are working on making this change and hope to have it live on Friday, October 7.”

This patch should help with crashes and stability, but Blizzard warns that “we’ve fixed some issues and are in the process of addressing others, but players should still expect to see queues..” So if you’re planning on mainlining Overwatch 2 this weekend, you might want to make alternate plans.

Are you able to get some games of Overwatch 2? For what it’s worth, at the time of writing this article, we queued up and were able to get in about 15 minutes later, and the game is still fun, if a little familiar. Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.


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