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UPDATED: How to get into the Overwatch beta and Early Access events - Overwatch

Our updated guide - with start times - to the imminent Overwatch pre-release events.

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The second phase of the Overwatch closed beta wrapped up just over a week ago, and so we're anxiously awaiting the start of both the Early Access and open beta phases that are planned for the game ahead of launch at the end of this month.

With all this in mind, we thought it would be useful to update our original FAQ once again, and outline what you can expect from the game right now, and what you need to do in order to have a chance of being invited to participate in it ahead of launch.

If you have any other questions at all, please let us know in the comments section. We'll do our best to answer them and then add the information into the article if it's useful for the community at large.

How do I get into the Early Access / open beta programmes?

If you pre-order the game you'll be able to participate in the Early Access programme which begins on Monday 2nd May. Following that, everyone will be able to take part in an open beta that runs from 4th-9th May.

(UPDATE: If you did not pre-order Overwatch by April 29th, you will not be able to participate in the Early Access stage of the game's launch. You will only be able to play the game once the open beta begins on May 4th

The game proper will be released on 24th May.

What time does the Overwatch Early Access/open beta begin?

The Early Access window for Overwatch kicks off on May 2nd, and begins at the following times around the world:

Early Access

  • PDT: 4pm
  • UTC: 11pm
  • BST: 12am (May 3rd)

The Overwatch open beta begins on May 4th and unlocks at the following times:

Open Beta

  • PDT: 4pm
  • UTC: 11pm
  • BST: 12am (May 3rd)

How do I get access to the beta?

Here's what you need to do to install the beta client on all platforms:


Simply download the official desktop app, then either log in with your existing credentials or create a new account. Look for the Overwatch icon on the left-hand side of the app, click on it, pick your region, then select the install option.

Xbox One

Once logged in with your Xbox Live account, go to the Xbox One Store, then search for Overwatch under the Games section. Locate the open beta client and select Download.

PlayStation 4

Select your user, then go to the PlayStation Store and search for Overwatch. Select the beta client, then simply download it!

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  • puoi1 #1 6 years ago
    if anyone has a spare key send to
  • multinecromnas #2 6 years ago
    if i give to some one my early beta access and he play that mean that he will need to pourchase the game for may 24 or he will play free ???
  • reedherewegosamples1 #3 6 years ago
    @yadirvila24 May I have one if you still have one? thx
  • rugix #4 6 years ago
    @rugix if anyone has one key sent it to

    Thousands Thanks in advance,

  • chandlerkoschorreck2 #5 6 years ago
    Will I get a beta code tonight? I bought the pre order on the 29th at 10pm. If not, someone please help and give me the extra friend key?
  • rugix #6 6 years ago
    I bought collector's edition in GAME Barcelona but it was in Christhmas when there wasn't any beta code included with the 10 € receipt. Could anyone give me one beta code? i would appreciate it a lot. Thanks in advance
  • Tsuid #7 6 years ago
    hey there looking for an early acces key pls, i couldnt pre purchase in time :'(
  • ayy #8 6 years ago
    @yadirvila24 Can I have one please I preordered but off a key site so it won't give me the beta key. Thanks for reading.
  • yadirvila24 #9 6 years ago
    Hello there I got the two betakeys can I give it to a friend who didn't have purchased the game? so he can get access? to the open beta?