Overwatch "Error Applying Update" When Joining A Game

Updated: 2 weeks ago
Article ID: 248476
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Common Problems

I am getting one of the following error when joining a game in Overwatch.
  • "ERROR APPLYING UPDATE UNKNOW ERROR (-1)"
  • "ERROR APPLYING UPDATE UNKNOW ERROR (-2)"
  • "ERROR APPLYING UPDATE UNKNOW ERROR (-5)"

We have received multiple reports from players who are seeing this error when trying to join a game in Overwatch, and we are currently collecting more information on this error. If you are affected by this issue, please follow the instructions on our Technical Support forums.

Additionally, you can try the following troubleshooting: 

  1. IP Release, Renew and Flush DNS
  2. Checking Your Windows Hosts File