How To Fix Overwatch 2 "Error starting game, trying again" Issue

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How To Fix Overwatch 2 "Error starting game, trying again" Issue
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Are you hit by the Overwatch 2 "Error starting game, trying again" error?

Overwatch 2 is finally here. While the initial reception was positive, the game has been plagued by a number of technical issues. From the login error to the LC-202 error to Overwatch 2 crashing randomly, the game has had its fair share of problems.

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Thankfully, Blizzard has already provided fixes for many of these problems. However, the Overwatch 2 "Error starting game, trying again" error still remains a big problem for many players.

If you are one of the unlucky ones who have been experiencing this annoying error, here is everything you should know about this issue.

How To Fix Overwatch 2 "Error starting game, trying again" Issue

The "Error starting game, trying again" issue was a problem in Overwatch 1 and now it has returned in the sequel. The issue seems to affect only players from a particular region, hence the issue is more likely to be with Blizzard's servers than at your end.

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As a matter of fact, the said error in Overwatch 1 was server-related and they were able to fix it quickly. So we can hope that Blizzard Entertainment will look into this matter and fix it as soon as possible.

A customer support person from Blizzard Entertainment said on Reddit that restarting the game helped some players to fix the issue. So, we recommend you do the same and if the error persists, wait for the next patch to fix the issue.

One further potential fix, which certainly worked for some users in Overwatch 1, is to connect to a different game region. Some players may need to use a VPN in order to do this. And on the flip-side, if you already use a VPN, switching off so you can connect to a more local server may also work.

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Avoid Competitive Play In This Situation

As you are aware, Overwatch has leaver penalties in place to penalize players for leaving a match while it's in progress.

Players who encounter the "Error starting game, trying again" error are marked as leavers, and their SR is reduced as a result. In addition to that, some players are banned for consecutively leaving the match before the Match Complete screen.

Blizzard has made it clear that they do not remove suspensions or compensate for SR loss in situations like this, even though the issue is at their end. So, we recommend you avoid queuing for any high-stakes mode like Competitive Play until the issue is fixed.