Game Server Connection Failed And Unexpected Server Error Overwatch 2: What To Do

Game Server Connection Failed And Unexpected Server Error Overwatch 2: What To Do
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Daniel Hollis


5th Oct 2022 10:42

Overwatch 2 is now out in the wild, offering the popular multiplayer game to everyone as part of a free-to-play experience. With new heroes, maps, and a variety of other gameplay modifiers, everyone is eager to see what the fuss is all about and finally give Overwatch 2 a chance.

As expected, with so many players piling in as soon as the servers launched to see what Overwatch 2 is all about, the game has been snagged by a few teething issues. One such problem many are facing is a recurring message that states “unexpected server error” or “game server connection failed”. Unfortunately, this is preventing many from enjoying the experience, so let us dive in and see what’s going on.

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Unexpected Server Error And Game Server Connection Failed In Overwatch 2: What Do They Mean?

Players have been hit with both “unexpected server error” and “game server connection failed” since Overwatch 2’s launch. There seems to be no pattern as to when this may happen and is due to a few varying factors.

The first is the number of players trying to get into the game at once. Whilst the original Overwatch was popular, turning the game into a free-to-play experience has unsurprisingly invited many, many new players to check it out. This has resulted in multiple server issues since the game opened up to everyone.


Another reason is due to numerous DDoS attacks since Overwatch 2’s official launch. For those that don’t know, DDoS is known as a Distributed Denial-of-Service attack, in which a cyber-attack is made to disrupt the service it’s targeting. Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 has become a victim of these, but key members of the development team have declared on social media they are working hard to rectify the issues.

Can You Fix Unexpected Server Error And Game Server Connection Failed In Overwatch 2?

Since the problems are all server-side, there is no fix or workaround for this. It obviously helps to ensure your connection is stable as best it can be, but in terms of avoiding the problem entirely, it’s not currently possible.

As developer Blizzard works to improve the game, we will likely see these messages less often until they become a completely rare occurrence. As it stands, it’s best to probably expect these errors for a few days until the player numbers settle and server issues are ironed out.

Daniel Hollis
About the author
Daniel Hollis
Daniel is a former Guides Writer for GGRecon. Having originally focused on film journalism, he eventually made the jump to writing about games in 2020, writing for sites such as NME. Eurogamer, GamesRadar, Tech Radar, and more. After a short stint in PR, he is back in the world of games media writing about his favourite games, including Bioshock, Fable, or everything Fortnite and Xbox Game Pass related.
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