How to Join Overwatch PTR

Want to try out that new character or a new map before it's available for everyone playing Overwatch? Here's how!

Overwatch PTR (Public Test Region) is the best way to try out a new hero before they get released into the actual game. Not only can this give you an advantage in-game when a new hero first launches, but it's also a good way to have fun while that hero is completely overpowered. This pre-release server is where Blizzard tests for bugs, balance, and many other things to make sure a hero is prepared to make it into the actual game. 

Currently, Blizzard is asking people to hop into PTR and try out the newest character, Doomfist. Alongside his release, we also see a few changes to maps and balance of different heroes. Doomfist is a work in progress and is pretty overpowered in PTR, but is a blast to play. (That's how all those awesome Doomfist compilation videos are getting made, too.)

How can you hop into the PTR yourself? It's easy! Here's a step-by-step breakdown of what you need to do:

  1. Log into your Battle.net account
  2. Click on the Overwatch tab
  3. Find the Region/Account tab above the play button
  4. Click on your server and a drop down menu should appear. You will want to select Public Test Region, and an account should be created for you. 
How Do I Know When PTR is Up?

This public testing server isn't open at all times for players to cause chaos in. So how can you know for sure that it's live? Paying attention to the developer is the best way to stay plugged in. Blizzard will announce each test, usually for a new map or a new character. So keep an eye on Battle.net or the Overwatch Twitter account to know when PTR up and running.

Published Jul. 10th 2017

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