Account Missing Overwatch License Error


How to Fix The “Account Missing Overwatch License” Error

Abhimannu Das
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Overwatch 2 beta players are running into the "account missing overwatch license" error when trying to access the game.
Restarting is fixing the issue for some players but it is not a consistent solution.
Blizzard is aware of the issue and will offer a fix soon before the beta ends on 17th May.

A lot of players have been invited to the Overwatch 2 player-versus-player (PvP) beta to try out the multiplayer gameplay ahead of the official launch. But many players are unable to play the game due to the “Account Missing Overwatch License Error.” Even if you do not own Overwatch, you should be able to play the beta.

Do you need Overwatch to play the Overwatch 2 beta?

Players who were invited to the PvP Beta but do not own Overwatch can download and install Overwatch as a free trial during the Beta period. But once the game launches, a copy of Overwatch is needed to play Overwatch 2.

Blizzard Entertainment is aware of the issue but a fix is yet to be deployed. With the beta set to run till 17th May, a quick fix will still allow players eligible for the beta to experience what Overwatch 2 has to offer. Some players have reported a solution that has worked for them and you could try the same:

  1. Launch Task Manager

  2. Close all and Blizzard services

  3. Launch Battle.Net

  4. Click on Overwatch

  5. In the dropdown menu on the bottom left, locate the Overwatch 2 Tech beta option.

  6. Click on Install

  7. If you received an invite and were unable to access the beta, the issue should now be resolved.

If this does not work for you, you need to wait until Blizzard resolves the issue. You could also reach out to a customer service representative via the link here.

How to get access to the Overwatch 2 beta

The Overwatch 2 PvP Beta will begin on 26th April at 11 AM PT and is scheduled to run till 17th May. However, players can earn the drops on 27th April 2022 10:00 AM PT to 6:00 PM PT via Twitch.

Viewers will need to tune in to watch a select group of streamers broadcasting the Overwatch PvP Beta under the Overwatch category. You will be eligible for Twitch drops after watching any participating channel for four hours. There are around 200 content creators whose streams you can watch to obtain a code. To check out the full list of creators, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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Abhimannu is a part of the content team at AFK Gaming and a lifelong obsessive gamer. He currently covers esports titles like VALORANT, CS: GO, Call of Duty, Fortnite, PUBG and more.