Thursday, March 23

How To Set Up Twitch Drops For Guaranteed Overwatch 2 Beta Access

Okay, so you didn’t get an email inviting you to the first Overwatch 2 beta. That stinks, but don’t worry! You can still make it in through a Twitch Drops campaign that Twitch is running. This is only currently scheduled for today, April 27. Blizzard might still invite more people to the beta via email, but the Drops are a guaranteed way to make it in.

I’ve written about the Drops campaign already, but I’ve heard from a few readers that they’re not sure what to do. So, I figured I’d whip up a guide.

Before we get started, it’s worth checking whether your PC will be able to run the Overwatch 2 beta. You can find the minimum and recommended system requirements here:

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In case you’re unaware, Twitch is a service where people livestream gameplay and broadcast other content to their viewers. If you don’t already have one, you’ll need a Twitch account. You can sign up for one on the Twitch website.

If, say, you’re a complete newcomer to Overwatch and you don’t already have one, you’ll also need to create a account. Blizzard has said people who make it into the beta and don’t have a PC Overwatch license will have access to a trial version for the duration of the beta.

Once you have an account for each, you’ll need to link them together. You can do so through the Connections page on the Twitch website.

I’d recommend carrying out these steps before 1PM ET today, April 27. That’s when the Twitch Drops campaign starts. It will run until 9PM ET.

To be eligible for a drop with guaranteed Overwatch 2 PVP beta access, you’ll need to watch four hours of selected Twitch streams during that eight-hour window. The watch time accumulates on your account, so you can switch between channels. You also can’t speed things up by having multiple tabs open with different streams.

The full list of eligible streamers is here:

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If you’re a newcomer to Overwatch channels on Twitch and aren’t sure which ones to watch, I’d recommend checking out A_Seagull, Aspen, Custa, Emongg, Fareeha, Flats, Geguri, Jake, LemonKiwi, Supertf, surefour and/or Yuuie.

They’re all great streamers (for different reasons) and very skilled players, so you’re likely to pick up a thing or two while watching them. Some are even former Overwatch League players.

It’s worth noting that you don’t literally need to watch a Twitch stream to get a drop. You can run it in the background or on your phone with the volume turned down. If you have a stream open on desktop, it’s better to mute the browser tab rather than the Twitch video pane. Doing the latter can apparently mess up Drops eligibility.

It’s also important to know that Drops are supported on web browsers on Mac and Windows and on the Twitch app on iOS and Android. Watching any of the Twitch streams via game consoles, smart TVs and other TV apps will not help you get a drop for Overwatch 2 access.

After you reach the four-hour threshold, congrats! You should get a Twitch notification telling you that you’ve received a drop with access to the Overwatch 2 PVP beta. To install the beta, follow these steps:

  1. Install the PC launcher if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Log in using the account you linked to Twitch for drops.
  3. Click the Overwatch icon located at the top of the launcher homepage.
  4. Navigate to the Game Version drop-down menu located at the bottom left of the Overwatch game page.
  5. Select Overwatch 2 Technical Beta, install, and press the blue Play button to start.
  6. Have fun! Don’t be a jerk!

If you want more details about what to expect from the beta, you can read my preview and my impressions from playing the Overwatch 2 alpha build, as well as info about hero changes and the full patch notes:

Or, you know, you can just watch some of the Twitch streams to see what Overwatch 2 looks like in action. I’d click the links above, but hey, it’s your call.

The first Overwatch 2 beta will run until May 17. There will be more betas in the future, including on consoles.

If you have any questions I haven’t answered about the Overwatch 2 beta, feel free to tweet at me @krisholt or email me at: kris [at] krisholt [dot] net. I’m more than happy to help if I can.

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