Blizzard has released a update on Overwatch 2 to inform that it will remove the SMS protection for many gamers, so as to guarantee them access to the game. The game specific update will be released on October 7, 2022.
SMS protection has been the subject of strong controversy in the past few hours, because it effectively prevented many people from playing, including some who owned Overwatch.
Blizzard also explained which players will no longer need to authenticate via SMS after the patch: “Any Overwatch player with a linked Battle.net account, which includes all players who have played since June 9, 2021, will not have to provide a number phone to play.”
Basically, if you already have a recognized identity and didn’t cause problems by playing Overwatch, you will be able to play Overwatch 2 without the new security step. For all the others, the requirement will be maintained, designed to combat the proliferation of cheaters.
In addition, Blizzard has confirmed that it is working on fixing the issue of lost content in the account migration, apparently due to the fact that the migration is not 100% complete yet, and that there should now be no more login problems , although the queues may still be very long.