On 10th March, Blizzard revealed that they were launching closed alpha testing for Overwatch 2 PvP, inviting Overwatch League (OWL) pros, employees, and other select groups to prepare for broader testing ahead of the Beta program in April.
While the developer confirmed exclusive access to the Beta program, the names of those lucky enough to be part of the test phase were not. Well, at least not before Twitch megastar Felix "xQc" Lengyel accidentally launched a test server during his 16th March live stream, leaking the loading screen and his involvement in the Overwatch 2 test program for all his viewers to see.
xQc accidentally leaks Overwatch 2 in Twitch stream
Despite not being actively involved in the competitive Overwatch esports scene, it is surprising that the former OWL pro was permitted exclusive access to the game. Indeed, this is especially true when considering how frequently the Twitch star runs his mouth on stream (I hate that I love it, though).
However, after casually agreeing to play a few Overwatch games, X launched the game version entitled "Test Server" directly from the Battle.net game client and, a few seconds later, opened the Overwatch 2 game loading screen.
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The Twitch star immediately realised his mistake, yelling "Oh my god" repeatedly before quickly closing the game and burying his head in his hands. "Oh my f*cking god, I'm going to f*cking jail," he said.
It's clear from X's reaction that he did not mean to leak his involvement in Overwatch 2's test program after being demonstrably shaken and immediately thinking he would probably go to jail.
While his reaction time in noticing that he opened the wrong game is questionable at best, some users on Reddit couldn't help but wonder why Blizzard would be "trusting a juicer with confidential information" in the first place.
On the other hand, others criticised the developers for making it so easy to open the game accidentally, and frankly, I have to agree.
"Honestly, it's weird that they didn't predict that someone would accidentally open it due to how that's done. You're literally opening Overwatch, but with a small setting that you can easily miss [...] While they could instead add it as another game, they add it on the same game."
Yeah, perhaps not the brightest move there, Blizzard. On the bright side, at least for xQc, I doubt Blizzard will press charges. Although, I think they will be more careful about inviting him to similar projects in the future. GG.
Featured image courtesy of Twitch / xQcOW.