In other games like Source-based games like CS:GO or TF2 or UE3 games like Dirty Bomb and Unreal Tournament I am able to enable the console in order to set binds, or play with commands to test specific features or practice in gameplay.

In Overwatch itself, is there a way to manually enable the console? Is there a console at all? I've tried the tilde key and combing through the options-control menu and haven't found a setting for enable console.


In past Blizzard games such as Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 you could access some console like commands from the chat window, they weren't cheats and some were game mechanic changing options.

According to this Reddit thread Overwatch seems to follow a similar structure but almost all of it is to do with actual chat and nothing that changes game mechanics.

I was looking for some list of chat commands, but couldn't find any so I decided to put the list together, hope you find it useful.

/all or /a or /general - Switch to general chat
/accept - Accept the current group invite
/customgame or /cg - Switch to custom game chat
/decline - Decline the current group invite
/group or /g or /p - Switch to group chat
/leave - Leave your group
/leavechannel - Leave the current channel
/list - List all players in your channel
/logout - Log out of the game
/match or /m - Switch to match chat
/reply or /r - Reply to last player
/spectate - Spectate a friend
/team or /t - Switch to team chat

Those above have description right in game, for the rest correct me where I'm wrong.

/invite - Invite player to your group
/joinchannel or /join - Join a channel
/kick - Remove player for your group
/leader - ?
/promote - ?
/removefriend - Remove friend from your friendlist
/whisper or /w or /send or /tell - Send message to a player

Unfortunately, there is no console in Overwatch, hence no way to enable it.

  • Plain and simple :) The best kind of answer hah
    – GarrettJ
    Jun 8 '16 at 16:53
  • Are you absolutely certain that no console at all exists? Perhaps saying that no "user-accessible console" exists would be a better way of phrasing this answer.
    – pushasha
    Jun 8 '16 at 18:31
  • @pushasha of course there is a developer console in all blizzard games, but they are left out from production builds.
    – ave
    Jun 8 '16 at 18:53
  • @ardaozkal My point exactly. I was getting picky with your phrasing -- specifically, that you have no way of knowing (unless you worked on the game) whether the console was "left out", or just disabled in a way such that users are prevented from accessing it. Not worth discussing any further... I just find answers where things are stated as fact (when they are, in fact, a highly-probable assumption) a bit misleading. I'll try to rein in my impulse to comment on things like that in the future.
    – pushasha
    Jun 8 '16 at 19:02
  • @pushasha I'm not sure about overwatch not having one or just having one which is not accessible, but on D3 I remember reading a post by a dev about that.
    – ave
    Jun 8 '16 at 20:24

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