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How to Fix Blue Screen “DPC Watchdog Violation” in Overwatch 2

Are you getting a blue screen, “DPC Watchdog Violation” error while you’re in-game or queuing up for a match?

Here’s the full error message, “Your device ran into a problem and needs to restart”.

“We’re just collecting some error info, and then we’ll restart for you”.

Overwatch 2 was released on October 4, 2022.

Since its release, the game has had multiple known issues.

Some of the known issues are server disconnection, cosmetics, items, currency not showing up, and others.

In this guide, you’ll learn why Overwatch 2 says “DPC Watchdog Violation” and how to fix the blue screen error.

Why does Overwatch 2 say “DPC Watchdog Violation”?

Overwatch 2 says “DPC Watchdog Violation” because there is a conflicting program (Nvidia Broadcast) on your PC.

It can also happen because your graphics card is outdated or installed wrongly.

Many players are complaining about the bad image issue on the Blizzard forum.

“I had no issues with Overwatch 1, but ever since I started playing Overwatch 2, I keep getting Blue Screen of Death. There is a “DPC Watchdog Violation” error each time I try to play Overwatch 2. I can be four games in before it happens, or it could freeze in the queue while I’m trying to get into a match”.

“My error is “DPC Watchdog Violation” and it’s not something that happens when I launch Overwatch. It happens randomly when I’m playing. Sometimes 15 minutes in and sometimes 3 hours in”.

“Same here, I just got on and it crashed within 20 minutes. Yesterday it happened about 3 hours after launching the game.
I’m running an NVIDIA 1660 Super with no background apps, disabled Razer Chroma, updated drivers for SATA controllers, and SSD Firmware”.

How to fix blue screen “DPC Watchdog Violation” in Overwatch 2

To fix the blue screen “DPC Watchdog Violation” in Overwatch, you need to disable or uninstall the Nvidia Broadcast app.

You can also try reinstalling your Nvidia drivers or updating Windows to the latest version.

Apparently, the Nvidia Broadcast app is a conflicting program that caused the blue screen error in Overwatch 2.

Many players claimed that the error is fixed after they’ve uninstalled it.

“Uninstalled NVIDIA Broadcast and waiting for the queue right now to test! EDIT: So far no crash”.

“I haven’t had a blue screen error since I disabled Nvidia Broadcast. It seems to have done the trick”.

Fix 1: Uninstall the Nvidia Broadcast app

Nvidia Broadcast
  • Exit Overwatch 2 and Battle.net.
  • Uninstall the Nvidia Broadcast app.
  • Launch Overwatch 2.

Fix 2: Uninstall and reinstall Nvidia drivers

  1. Run “Device Manager” using Windows search.
  2. Expand “Display adapters”.
  3. Right-click your graphics card and select “Uninstall device”.
  4. Download https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/geforce-experience/.
  5. Run GeForce Experience > Drivers > Download (to reinstall Nvidia drivers).

Fix 3: Update Windows to the latest version

  1. Search for “Check for updates” using Windows search.
  2. Download & install new updates.

Further reading

How to Change Server Region in Overwatch 2

How to Find and Accept Friend Requests in Overwatch 2

How to Fix Overwatch 2 Crashing or Freezing


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