Overwatch 2: Why players need to link phone numbers to accounts

Overwatch 2: Why players need to link phone numbers to accounts

Overwatch 2 will be launched as free-to-play in October, but players will be required to link their phone numbers to join the game.

The development comes as part of Blizzard’s SMS protect scheme to combat “disruptive in-game behavior”.

According to developers, the update was important to have a formidable defense against trolls and cheaters.

All Overwatch servers will be shut down on October 2, 2022, two days before the launch of Overwatch 2 for the transition.

Overwatch 2 will be free to play for users when it releases on October 4, 2022.

Overwatch has won numerous awards, including Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2016 and D.I.C.E. Awards.

Blizzard reported more than $1 billion in revenue during the first year of Overwatch's release in 2016.

It has more than 50 million players after three years.