The Overwatch Closed Beta was a period of time during which players were randomly selected to gain access to Overwatch before it was released.
The Closed Beta began on October 27, 2015 and ended on April 25, 2016. It went down temporarily from December 10, 2015 to February 9, 2016.
Players given access to the Closed Beta were randomly selected from the pool of all those who had signed up. There were frequent 'waves' in which more players were given access. It is unknown how many players were accepted at any time.
The following 18 Heroes were available from the start of the Closed Beta:
The following heroes were added during the Closed Beta:
The following 7 Maps were available from the start of the Closed Beta:
The following maps were added during the Closed Beta:
Beta Test Weekends
During the Beta Test Weekends, larger groups of players were included in the Closed Beta temporarily to test server strength. The two Beta Test Weekends were from November 20–23, 2015 and April 15–16, 2016.
In both weekends, all 21 heroes were available, but there were limited map selections.
- Beta Test Weekend 1: Hanamura, King's Row, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
- Beta Test Weekend 2: Hanamura, Nepal, and Route 66