The First Beta Invites For Overwatch Will Go Out Tomorrow

The First Beta Invites For Overwatch Will Go Out Tomorrow
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If you’ve been waiting eagerly to get your hands on Blizzard’s debut foray into the world of first-person shooters, then look forward to tomorrow.

Blizzard has put out a quiet reminder via their customer support account on Twitter that the first wave of beta invites for Overwatch will go out in the next 24 hours.

The initial wave is likely to be restricted to the American servers — much like Hearthstone, Legacy of the Void, Heart of the Swarm and Wings of Liberty all were. The process for getting into the beta should also be the same: Blizzard flags a certain set of accounts, and once the beta is activated *emails are then sent out to those select few.

It’s not likely that anyone outside of Blizzard’s friends, family and a small handful of media will be invited initially, although the net of invites should be expanded within a week or so.

Either way, Overwatch is coming. There’s a high chance you’ll a good chunk about the game in the next 24 to 48 hours, so stay tuned!

Update: Changed article to reflect that emails are sent out to users, not keys (although keys have been mailed out for Blizzard betas in the past, although the way the launcher works these days that’s unlikely to be the case this time around).


  • I’d be excited if my laptop was actually capable. Still, keen to see coverage on this, looks promising.

    • Should be about 200-220ms, unless you use a low latency profile in which case you might get around 170-180ms.

        • It’s a thing Internode and some other ISPs have where you can change the profile of your internet connection from things like Very High Speed (where it maximises the download/upload speed at the cost of reliability) or Low Latency (a profile that gives me 8ms to CS:GO matchmaking servers, and anything else that’s hosted in Sydney).

          I’ve gotten 150ms-160ms pings to some US West servers before, so there’s a good chance I’ll get way less than that with Overwatch. But we’ll see what happens when those invites go out (if one comes my way).

  • Looks mind numbingly boring. The cartoon graphics look bad. The characters look lame. Looks like a game intended for 10 year olds, there’s nothing wrong with that, just couldn’t be less hyped if I tried, can’t see the appeal.

    Just my opinion, it means nothing, don’t get butthurt just because someone isn’t as excited for a game as you are…

  • Kotaku, the Beta access is through; there are no keys. Blizzard are using twitter to alert people that phishing could occur and to be mindful of links and keys. will probably just have a PLAY button that activates and a general email to advises that Overwatch is active on No keys.
    Also, it is most likely that Blizzard employees already have unique account access (alpha access so to speak!) to Overwatch and would not require Beta access.
    Blizzard’s would distinguish between employee account access from outsiders signed up for Beta.

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