Overwatch 2 server status and how to find the best one

While you can’t choose your Overwatch 2 server, you can still get on the fastest one for the best experience in Blizzard’s hero shooter on Nintendo Switch

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Overwatch 2 is a multiplayer hero shooter developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It takes a variety of influences from competitive games and distils them into one experience. This sequel takes it even further than before and seems to be doing so to great success – at least if you look at the number of people playing.

Sadly, as is often the case with multiplayer games, the huge number of people wanting to jump in at launch meant that the Overwatch 2 servers struggled slightly. We’re here to help you check the server status instead of sitting in the many Overwatch 2 queues that popped up close to launch. We also have some advice to help make sure you’re on the faster one.

Sadly, while Overwatch 2 does change a few things about the original game, it doesn’t give you the option to choose your server, though there may be some workarounds available. For some different tips, check out our Overwatch 2 characters, Overwatch 2 maps, and Overwatch 2 skins guides for all the latest info.

Are the Overwatch 2 servers down?

With the Overwatch 2 servers facing multiple DDoS attacks, the servers have been very up and down, leading to crashes and long queues to get into the game. However, there are a few routes to checking their status:

  • The official Overwatch Twitter account
  • Overwatch 2 Blizzard support page
  • Down Detector, a website with real-time status and outage information

Whether the Twitter page shares info on the Overwatch 2 servers, Down Detector has its status as down, or you ask in one of the forums on Blizzard’s support page, we’re sure you can find their status.

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Can I change my Overwatch 2 server?

Sadly, no, you can’t specifically choose which Overwatch 2 server to play on. Overwatch does not have an in-game option to change or select servers. Instead, it detects the fastest server for you depending on your location.

Here’s some advice from a technical forum agent at Blizzard: “The practice range is not a good way to tell what servers you are connecting to, use Quickplay or Arcade. If you are in North America but find yourself connecting to other regions for Quickplay and competitive this is a sign of a connection issue.”

So, if you’ve found yourself on a Korean server for some reason, it might be because you’re connection is struggling. To ensure you’re on the best server possible, follow these steps from Blizzard Support:

  • Reset your network devices to make sure your router hasn’t become flooded with data
  • If you’re using a wireless connection, optimize your internet connection to rule out a connection issue
  • Update your drivers and operating system to resolve any compatibility issues
  • Release and renew your IP and flush your DNS to resolve any network conflicts
  • Close all other applications to resolve software conflicts and free up resources

Hopefully, if you follow all these steps, you won’t have any Overwatch 2 server issues beyond the inevitable. For more advice, our Overwatch 2 phone number, Overwatch 2 tier list, and Overwatch 2 battle pass guides are here to help.