Blizzard’s famous hero shooter, Overwatch 2 will be out on all platforms on October 4th, introducing new heroes and massive gameplay changes to the formula. If you are a Steam Deck owner who is excited about this game, you might be wondering whether you can play it on your handheld device or not.

Yes, you can play Overwatch 2 on the Steam Deck by installing the Blizzard launcher on your device, as the game does not use any kind of Kernel anti-cheat, making it very accessible.

We will explain all the steps you need to take to install the Blizzard launcher on your handheld device. It might seem like rocket science, but it isn’t. Let’s get into it, shall we?

How to Install the Blizzard Launcher on Steam Deck?

OW2 releases on all major platforms on October 4th with many new features, heroes, and modes. Blizzard has enabled Steam Deck owners to enjoy their game by not gatekeeping it behind strict anti-cheat (learn something, Valorant!)

All you need to do is install the Blizzard launcher on your device, and we’ll be explaining how to set it up below:

  1. Start by entering the Desktop Mode.
  2. Download the launcher from Blizzard’s website.
  3. After that, go to your Steam library and select the Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library option.
  4. Navigate to the location where you saved the launcher’s executable file.
  5. After adding it to your library, Right-Click on it and head into the Properties
  6. Navigate to Compatibility 
  7. Select Force use of Specific Steam Play Compatibility Tool
  8. Now you need to select either of the 2 protocols.
  9. Proceed by opening the EXE and going through the initial setup once.
  10. After that, go to Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library option again.
  11. Navigate to /home/deck/.local/share/Steam/steamapps/compatdata
  12. Once there, you need to enter the PFX folder and search for the folder inside.
  13. Once you find the launcher, add it to the Steam Deck library, and Voila! you are done.

Now that you’ve installed the Blizzard launcher on your Steam Deck, you’ll be able to download the game once it’s out.

Overwatch 2 will be Free to Play for everyone, meaning that even if you’ve never played the first one, you can still try the second one for free and who knows, you might end up falling in love with it.

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