How to Play Overwatch 2 Ranked with Prepaid Phone

Blizzard Entertainment

Ranked mode in Overwatch 2 needs to be unlocked before you can dive in. Here's how.

While Overwatch 2 has only just launched, and plenty of players are still battling against its long queue times, some might be eager to get stuck into Ranked Play. This mode is for those who prefer a more balanced challenge, pitting players against those of a similar rank. You'll be matched with those of a similar skill and ability, competing to rank up.

But the mode isn't unlocked from the start. You'll need to prove yourself as a worthy player before you can take on Ranked Play. It's important to note that Blizzard have also made the controversial decision to require a unique phone number in order to play Overwatch 2, potentially locking players out who have a prepaid phone. If you fall into this category, there's currently no way for you to play Ranked in Overwatch 2, though Blizzard have said that they're assessing the situation.

How to Unlock Ranked Play in Overwatch 2

In order to unlock Ranked Play in Overwatch 2, you'll need to play and complete at least 50 Quick Play matches. It's a pretty hefty number, and the majority of players won't reach that number in a day. That said, Quick Play matches are usually relatively short, so even just playing casually should have the mode unlocked in no time.

Overwatch 2 is free-to-play and available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.