Overwatch 'Could Not Locate Resources': What is it and How to Fix

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Overwatch could not locate resources; a problem that Overwatch players have encountered.

An error titled “Could not locate resources (0xE00300E)” has been a known issue for Overwatch players who solely play on PC. The error happens when the player goes to launch the game’s application resulting in an error that prevents the game from being accessed or played

Having no relation to Blizzard Entertainment’s launcher, Battle.net, the error solely affects the game. This is an error that has plagued the Overwatch player base for quite some time and tends to come to the forefront around the time of a major release. New hero releases in the PTR, hero balancing, and tuning, such as Monday’s PTR release, all contribute to this.

Overwatch Could Not Locate Resources: How to Fix

In a forum post, Blizzard provided four steps as to how to tackle and fix this issue.

  1. Open the Battle.net desktop app and click Overwatch on the left side of your launcher using the old launcher. If using the new beta version, click on Overwatch in the upper half
  2. Click the Options dropdown menu, next to the play button, and select Show in Explorer 
  3. Open the Overwatch folder and delete Overwatch Launcher.exe and Overwatch.exe
  4. In the desktop app, click Options and select Scan and Repair

According to Blizzard, apart from uninstalling and installing the game, this is the one fix that players have successfully implemented.