Overwatch 2’s Launch Day Thwarted By Multiple Mass DDoS Attacks.

You weren't expecting a flawless launch, were you?

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By Aspen Pash, News Editor October 5, 2022
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Overwatch 2 DDoS Attack

Overwatch 2’s launch date hasn't gone as smoothly as players and devs would have liked. What should have been a day filled with decent game queues, a start to the new battle pass, and testing out new characters has turned into players having drop/connection issues, missing in-game skins, and some unable to even log in due to the excessive queue times.

These issues are all due to a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack against Blizzard. These attacks are relatively easy to execute but extremely hard to defend against. Add that to a launch day and things just get even more overwhelming. Blizzard president Mike Ybarra addressed the situation on Twitter. "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."

This attack in no way puts a player's data or passwords in danger it just creates a very frustrating situation.

“We’re steadily making progress on server issues and stability, as well as working through a second DDoS attack. We’re all hands on deck and will continue to work throughout the night. Thank you for your patience - we’ll share more info as it becomes available,” added Overwatch 2's Game Director Aaron Keller in regards to the second attack.

While Overwatch 2’s launch hasn't gone as planned--especially with some not realizing they would need to divulge their phone numbers in order to get access to the F2P title--perhaps day 2 will be better.

…maybe.

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Aspen Pash
Aspen Pash, News Editor
Aspen is an avid gamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.

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