Blizzard Drops Overwatch 2’s Controversial Phone Number Requirement

Overwatch 2 will no longer require existing Overwatch players to provide a phone number as Blizzard reverses the controversial anti-cheat system.

All Overwatch 2 players were originally required to link an active phone number to their Battle.net account in order to play the hero shooter. Blizzard hoped that the SMS Protect authentication system would help users verify their accounts and prevent disruptive and abusive players from returning to the game after being banned.

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