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OW 2 Queue Times: How Long & Is It Fixed?

How long are the OW2 queue times and is it fixed right now?

Overwatch 2 players have been hit with long queue times ranging from 300 players ahead of them to a whopping 20,000 players. This isn’t surprising, because the game moved from a paid game to a free-to-play model and got a huge wave of eager players right from day 1. This may lead you to ask – why are Overwatch 2 queues so long? How long does the OW 2 queue take and is it fixed right now? Here are the answers to your questions.

How Long are the Overwatch 2 Queue Times?

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At the time of writing (two days after launch), these are the queue times for OW2.

  • If you are seeing a queue time of 20,000 players ahead of you, expect a wait time of around 20 minutes.
  • If you are seeing 300 players ahead of you, you can expect to get into the game in around 7-10 minutes.
  • Those who are in a queue of 50 players may be able to get into the game in 4-5 minutes.

Note: This may change depending on the server load.

Why are the OW2 Queues so long?

There are a few reasons why the queues are so long:

  • You are trying to play during the peak times in your region. You can log in during non-peak times or wait until the queue is completed.
  • There’s a DDoS attack on OW servers, as it happened on the launch day, or a general server overload. As explained by Cloudflare, DDoS attacks are an attempt to disrupt the normal traffic of a server by overwhelming it with a flood of internet traffic. This will lead to an abnormal amount of players in the queue but will be solved by the developers.

You can change the OW2 server region to see if you are able to get into the server, but note that this may cause latency issues.

Is the OW 2 Queue Fixed?

At the time of writing this article (6th October 2022), many players are still facing long queue times. But as the initial teething issues are fixed and servers are more stable, we can expect to see shorter and shorter wait times. Until then, you may also see login errors and connection failed error messages.

That’s all about the long queue times in OW2. And for more related to this game, head over to our Overwatch 2 guides.