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Overwatch 2: How To Fix Game Server Connection Failed

Are you stuck with the dreaded "Game Server Connection Failed" error in Overwatch 2? Here's how to fix it!
Overwatch 2: How To Fix Game Server Connection Failed

Error codes are inevitable in online games, and Overwatch 2 is no exception. Following the release of the January 5 update, many Overwatch 2 players are reporting the 'Game Server Connection Failed' error. As a result, users are flocking to the internet to find a potential fix for Overwatch 2's 'Game Server Connection Failed' error. While the developers are actively working to patch such issues, we’ve got you covered with a bunch of troubleshooting methods.

Overwatch 2 - Game Server Connection Failed Error

How to Fix Overwatch 2 Game Server Connection Failed Error. (Picture: Blizzard)(Picture:

If you ever run into such an error, there’s a good chance that the Overwatch 2 servers are experiencing technical problems. Therefore, you should check the server status to see if all the servers are operational. If the servers are fully functional, you follow these troubleshooting methods to fix the 'Game Server Connection Failed' error code.

Run Overwatch 2 as Administrator

One of the effective ways to fix the Overwatch 2 'Game Server Connection Failed' code is by running the game as an Administrator. This option provides all the privileges that the program requires to run properly. Here are the steps to run the game as an administrator:

  1. Right-click on the Overwatch 2 icon.
  2. Select Properties, and navigate to the compatibility tab.
  3. Click on the checkbox “Run this program as an administrator.”
  4. Tap on the “Apply” button, and close the window.

Restart your router/modem

Restarting your router can fix a few Internet connection problems, such as slow connection speed, WiFi disconnect, and more. Here's how to restart your modem:

  • First, unplug the modem or router from the power outlet.
  • Then, wait at least 15 seconds.
  • Next, plug the modem into the power outlet and wait 1-2 minutes.
  • Finally, wait for your cable modem's panel lights to become green before testing your internet connection.

Flush your DNS Resolver Cache

  1. Right-click the Start button
  2. Choose Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Type "ipconfig /flushdns" and press Enter.
  4. Type "ipconfig /registerdns" and press Enter.
  5. Type "ipconfig /release" and press Enter.
  6. Type "ipconfig /renew" and press Enter.
  7. Type "netsh winsock reset" and press Enter.
  8. Restart the computer.

Renew your IP address

  1. Press Windows and the R key at the same time to open the Run box.
  2. Type "CMD." Then, hit Enter.
  3. Type "ipconfig/release" in the Command Prompt window. Press the Enter key.
  4. Type "ipconfig/renew" and then Press Enter.

Change DNS settings

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Click Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
  3. Select the Networking tab.
  4. Click Advanced and select the DNS tab.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select Use the following DNS server addresses.

Disable VPN

VPN stands for “virtual private network” — a service that protects your internet connection and privacy online. If you're using any VPN service, it's essential to turn it off to establish a connection properly with the game servers.

That's everything you need to know about fixing the 'Game Server Connection Failed' error code in Overwatch 2.