[Updated] COD Warzone on Battlenet stuck at "Playing now" & not launching on PC after installing Season 3 update? (workaround inside)
Here’s the crux of the article in video form:
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on April 25, 2021) follows:
Warzone has been one of the highly sought out games from Call of Duty. Each season on Warzone is something that enthusiasts look forward to.
We recently saw how eagerly Warzone players want old Call of Duty Warzone Battle Passes back. But Warzone, in return, only has disappointment to offer.
It continues to frustrate gamers after the major addition of the Hunt for Adler event stopped, tracking or counting credits and rewards.
And now, Call of Duty Warzone players are unable to launch the game on Battlenet after allegedly installing the season 3 patch.
Reports of the game not launching have erupted in the forums where it fails to load up on PCs even after getting the “Playing now” message on the screen. Here’s what the gamers have come across.
On my windows 10 PC when I click “Play” button for Warzone on battlenet the button will get stuck on “Playing Now” and then will go back to “Play” and not load up Warzone. This only started occurring after the latest Season 3 update. I tried uninstalling. Source
When I try to start my game of warzone the game does not load, but on the battlenet app, it shows “launching” then changes to “playing now” but the game never loads, I have tried deleting and reinstalling both the app and the game. Source
The issue expands to a big gamer base on the Battlenet app, triggering frustrated gamers to head towards Blizzard forums to raise this issue.
It would certainly take developers some time to patch the bug but that’d be too late when seen from a gamer’s perspective.
Good thing, quite a few workarounds have also emerged for the time being. A user who claims to have fixed the issue shares how he managed to do so.
Well I fix it, making an exception to my sophos AV of the ModernWarfare.exe files… I make this after a Dump of the process seems to point to hitman alert tag it as a malware… Source
Another user who debugged the issue shares the steps he followed.
While on the other hand, a basic step of re-installing Citrix workspace worked for a few.
Ok i just reinstalled Citrix Workspace app 2103.1 for Windows and restarted and the game still launches so i would say if you have citrix installed update it or uninstall restart launch the game and then install the newes citrix workspace. Source
When brought this to the notice of Raven Software, here’s what the official support said.
Is an error message appearing? Or are you just stuck on the load screen?
Any details would be appreciated.
The issue has picked up heat and it shouldn’t take much longer to reach the desks of developers but patching the issue is definitely going to take time.
In the meantime, workarounds are the only way forward if you don’t wish to wait.
We will keep you posted with every further development related to this issue.
Update 1 (April 26, 2021)
IST 05:25 pm: Gamers are consistently trying to get back in the business and here’s a workaround that one of them has found out.
So I checked which service exactly was causing a problem for me, I disabled and enabled every service separately checked whether warzone was starting or not. The only service that was causing me problems was EntryProtect Inject Service by Citric Systems. I rechecked by disabling only that and warzone launches for me. Source
Update 2 (April 30, 2021)
IST 12:25 pm: Raven Software has officially acknowledged the launch issues on Battlenet and is investigating the problem.
We’re investigating an issue preventing players from launching #Warzone via the PC http://Battle.net client. In some cases, we’re noticing conflicts with anti-virus software.
Update 3 (May 01, 2021)
IST 12:39 pm: While the developers are at it, here are some troubleshooting steps that could possibly help.
The first check is to launch the game with administrative rights and see if it runs. Gamers can try by right-clicking on the application to run as an administrator.
Outdated graphic drivers could also be the culprit so hop into the device manager settings to ensure all drivers are updated to the latest version along with the overall system update version.
The next thing that could be tried is by checking the integrity of the game files. To do that, open the Warzone page on the battle.net client and find the “Scan and Repair” option in the gear-shaped icon.
It has been found out that the Firewall often restricts applications from running. So, it’s best to add an exception for the game’s .exe file in the Antivirus or simply disabling the antivirus to see if the game works.
The last resort is a clean boot. This can be performed by heading to the MSConfig settings, hiding all Microsoft services, and disabling the startup of whatever’s left on the screen. Check if the issue still persists.
Update 4 (May 12, 2021)
IST 10:50 am: Looks like launching Warzone via Battlenet issue is troubling some users again. Here are some reports:
Fix battlenet play bug you keep releasing. Can’t launch warzone. It’s not an issue on my end bc it launches the patches after when you fix it. I also scan and repaired with no issues and cleared my battlenet cache.
anyone news on not being able to launch warzone from battle net?
Update 5 (May 14, 2021)
IST 12:15 pm: A quick look at the Trello card that the team behind the game created for this issue reveals that this problem is still under investigation.
Sadly, as of now, no update or ETA info has been provided on the card.
Update 6 (May 20, 2021)
IST 12:15 pm: Warzone is getting a new update, but sadly without a fix for the game launch issues discussed in this article. So players will have to wait longer.
As for the game not launching through the Battle.net App while having Citrix active, here’s the official workaround:
Workaround: Disable “App Protect” within Citrix Workspace before attempting to launch the game.
Update 7 (May 21, 2021)
IST 09:30 am: Even though the new update’s changelog doesn’t talk about this issue, a user on Twitter has given confirmation that the issue has been resolved after he upgraded to the latest version.
i was able to launch the game again after the last update. (Source)
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Fix: Battle.net app update becomes stuck
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The Battle.net desktop app helps gamers install and patch their favorite games much easier. Also, it allows them to log in faster thanks to its single sign-on feature. Gamers can also use the app’s game pages to check out the latest Blizzard news, too.
As it happens with any software, the Battle.net app stops working from time to time due to various issues. In this article, we’re going to focus on the update issue where Battle.net gets stuck at 0%.
Battle.net app update stuck
Here’s how one gamer describes this issue:
“Logged into battle.net today and I can’t play any games because it says “Waiting on another installation or update.” It’s at 0% in “Updating Battle.net” menu so I don’t know what game is updating.”
It is good to know that even if Battle.net remains stuck at 0%, the app is still updating itself. Depending on your computer’s configuration, this process may take up to 45 minutes: “Thanks, after sitting at 0% for 45 minutes, […] later battle.net started updating.”
However, if you want to speed up the process and make sure the latest update files are installed without any problems, follow the troubleshooting steps listed below.
Fix Battle.net update issues
- Open Task manager > select End task for both Battle.Net Launcher and Agent.exe
- Launch Battle.net again> it should immediately install the update.
This solution will fix your update issues, but it’s only a temporary workaround. This means it won’t completely eliminate the Battle.net update bugs. Many Battle.net users wish they had other options at their disposal, such as manually installing the latest patches. Unfortunately, it appears that this update issue is here to stay.
You can also go for the client reinstall, but considering that the issue is connected to the latest version of the Battle.net app, it might not be of any use whatsoever.
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The majority of online games like Overwatch get frequent updates and features added to the game. Usually, the update is only a few hundred MBs and you can have the game updated within a few minutes if your connection is fast enough. But a lot of complications can extend the download time if the patch just got released.
Most of the time, the update will work just fine and you won’t have to do anything as the Blizzard launcher updates your game. However, if you’re having issues in updating your game or the Battlenet update is stuck at 0 then here is what you should do to get everything working again.
How to Fix Battlenet Update Stuck At 0?
- Server Maintenance
A lot of players mentioned running into this issue from time to time. Usually, it just sorts itself out if you wait for a few minutes. Because when the patch is released, a lot of players are trying to get the update on their PC. So, all that extra load can overwhelm the servers which is why your update is stuck at 0. Ideally, you won’t have to do anything except wait for the server to work properly. As the traffic on the server becomes less, you will be able to get the update to work on your PC without further complications.
There is also a chance that the server you’re on is undergoing maintenance at the moment which is why you are not able to get progress on your update. You can confirm this by going to Blizzard’s Twitter profile and see if they’ve said anything about issues or ongoing maintenance with the servers in your region. If yes, then you would have to wait a few hours until Blizzard is done fixing the servers. After that, you should be able to get the update on your PC, once the servers are fixed. You can also try changing your region to a different location from the client.
- Web Protection Service
If you’ve security programs installed on your PC then it is likely that the web protection feature is causing issues for your Blizzard Client. This feature can block applications from accessing the internet. It is possible for security programs to mistakenly restrict access to a particular application even though the application is completely safe. So, if you’ve installed any security programs recently then try disabling them temporarily. You can also go into the configurations and then disable the web protection feature so that client can communicate with servers.
You need to also double-check the proxy and firewall settings on your PC to see if there is anything blocking servers from accessing the internet. A few users did say that resetting the router and rebooting the application fixed the issue for them. So, if you haven’t already, try rebooting your router to refresh the network connection and close the client. Connect your PC with the router again and launch the Blizzard client to update your game. If you’re using a wireless connection then try directly connecting your PC with the router using a cable.
- Re-Install Client
According to the Blizzard team if any players are running into this issue, then it is best to remove the application from the PC and then download the client again from the official source. It is also recommended that users remove cache folders on the PC. There are several locations that you will need to clean like the app data and the program data folder. Then reboot your PC and install the client as an administrator. Otherwise, there is a chance that your new client will also get corrupted and you won’t be able to update anything. Step steps guides are available on YouTube for further help.
However, if you’re still getting the same error after reinstalling the client and refreshing the network connection then it would be best to get help from the technical support team at Blizzard. You will need their help to narrow down the update issues, other users can also help suggest different steps that fixed the update issue for them. So, make sure to reach out for support on Blizzard forums and then wait for their response. In the meanwhile, try out different steps recommended by other users at Blizzard forums.
[SOLVED] Warzone Stuck on “Checking for update”
While Treyarch is trying to stop Warzone from crashing constantly, a new issue emerges and gets players stuck on the “Checking for updates” screen. But don’t worry if you happen to be on the same boat. Though Treyarch hasn’t yet released a patch targeting this issue, there’re still some workarounds you can try.
You should first check if it’s a glitch by restarting the game. You can also check if it’s simply a server issue.
Try these fixes
You might not need to try them all. Simply work your way down until you hit the one that does the charm.
- Restart your network
- Scan and repair your game files
- Change your DNS settings
- Update your network driver
- Check for updates on Battle.net client
- Temporarily disable your firewall
- Purge the Blizzard-related cache
- Use a VPN
Fix 1: Restart your network
While troubleshooting network issues, you should first rule out the possibility of hardware failure. To do so, you can simply do a reboot of your network equipment. This will renew your IP address and purge the DNS cache.
Here’s a quick guide for that:
- At the back of your modem and router, unplug the power cords.
- Wait at least 30 seconds, then plug the cords back in. Make sure the indicators are back to their normal state.
- Open your browser and check the connection.
Rebooting might only be a temporary solution. If you’re using an old router, consider upgrading to a better gaming Wi-Fi. Also don’t forget your modem.
Once you’re back online, launch Warzone and test the connection.
If you still can’t get pass the update screen, take a look at the next fix.
Fix 2: Scan and repair your game files
The connection issue could also mean that certain game files are missing or corrupted. If that’s the case, a simple scan and repair should allow Warzone to update properly.
To do so, follow these steps:
- Open your Battle.net client.
- From the left menu, select Call of Duty: MW. Click Options and select Scan and Repair.
- Click Begin Scan. Then wait for the process to complete.
- Once done, launch Warzone and see if the problem goes away.
If the issue lingers on, you can go ahead and try the next solution.
Fix 3: Change your DNS settings
DNS servers are like Internet phonebooks that translates the domain into actual IP addresses. You can configure your PC to use popular DNS servers, which will help avoid connection issues caused by DNS resolution failure.
To change your DNS settings, use these steps:
- At the bottom right corner of your screen, click the computer icon. Then click Network & Internet settings.
- Under the Advanced network settings section, click Change adapter options.
- Right-click your network adapter, select Properties.
- Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click Properties.
- Select Use the following DNS server addresses:. For Preferred DNS server, type 126.96.36.199; and for Alternate DNS server, type 188.8.131.52. Click OK to save the changes.
- Next you need to purge the DNS cache for the changes to apply. On your keyboard, press Win (the Windows logo key) and type cmd. Select Run as administrator.
- In the pop-up window, type in ipconfig /flushdns. Press Enter.
Now restart your Battle.net launcher and check if Warzone updates now.
If the problem persists, you can move on to the next fix.
Fix 4: Update your network driver
Being stuck on “Checking for updates” could mean that you’re using a broken or outdated network driver. To ensure an uninterrupted gaming experience, especially in online shooters, you need to make sure you’re always using the latest network driver.
There’re generally two ways you can update your network driver: manually or automatically.
Option 1: Update your network driver manually
If you’re a tech-savvy gamer, you can try to update your network driver manually.
First you can visit the website of your motherboard manufacturer, then search for you model. You can usually find drivers in the support or download page. Remember to download only the latest correct network driver that’s compatible with your system.
Option 2: Update your network driver automatically (Recommended)
If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and installs any driver updates your computer needs.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Launch Driver Easy, then click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.(This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at [email protected].
After updating your network driver, restart your PC and test the connection in Warzone.
If the latest network driver doesn’t give you luck, you can continue to the next method.
Fix 5: Check for updates on Battle.net client
Normally the update takes place when you start Warzone. But you can actually update manually on the Battle.net client. This might be a workaround to this issue.
- Open your Battle.net client. Navigate to the Warzone page.
- Click the gear icon next to the Play button. Select Check for Updates and wait for it to finish.
- Once done, start Warzone and check if the issue persists.
If this method doesn’t work for you, simply check out the next one below.
Fix 6: Temporarily disable your firewall
Though rare, in some cases, it might be your firewall that’s causing the hassle. To fix possible firewall misconfigurations, you can temporarily disable your firewall and see how things go.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box. Then Type or paste control firewall.cpl and click OK.
- From the left menu, select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
- Select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended) for Domain network, Private Network and Public network. Then click OK.
Now launch Warzone and check if you can get past the update screen.
If this method doesn’t help, turn the firewall back on and move on to the next fix.
Fix 7: Purge the Blizzard-related cache
Some users reported that cleaning up cache could be a potential fix for the connection problem. You can try this and see if this applies to your case.
Remove these folders (detailed instructions below):
|Cache folders||Directory shortcut (Win+R)|
|Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment||%programdata%|
|Battle.net, Blizzard Entertainment||%localappdata%|
You can also follow these instructions to purge the cache:
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the R key) to invoke the Run box. Type or paste %programdata% and click OK.
- One at a time, right-click the Battle.net and Blizzard Entertainment folders and select Delete.
- Press Win+R again. Type or paste %appdata% and click OK.
- Right-click the Battle.net folder and select Delete.
- Again, press Win+R and type %localappdata% and click OK. This time, right-click the Battle.net and Blizzard Entertainment folders and select Delete.
Now restart your Battle.net App and test the Warzone connection.
If this fix doesn’t give you luck, take a look at the next one.
Fix 8: Use a VPN
If you’re tired of troubleshooting your local network, maybe give VPN a shot. VPN servers tend to have a better connection, and they take care of all the complex settings such as port-forwarding and NAT.
But note that we don’t like free VPNs as they are usually a catch. A paid VPN subscription guarantees a smooth gameplay even during rush hours.
And here’re some gaming VPNs we recommend:
So these are the fixes for your connection issues in COD: Warzone. Hopefully, this tutorial helps you get back to the field. If you have any questions or ideas, just give us a shout in the comments below.
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Battle.net Stuck on Initializing? Here Are Top 4 Solutions [Partition Magic]
Battle.net launcher is important to make sure games can download and run properly. However, a great many players reported that they encounter the Battle.net stuck on initializing issue. If you are also troubled by this problem, you can get several effective troubleshooting methods from MiniTool.
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After analyzing many user reports on forums and posts, we summarize several common methods to fix the Blizzard stuck on initializing issue.
Solution 1. Run Battle.net Launcher as an Administrator
If your Blizzard app stuck on initializing while launching Battle.net, you can try running this program as an administrator. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1. Right-click the shortcut of Battle.net launcher on the desktop and select Properties.
Step 2. Navigate to the Compatibility tab and select the checkbox for Run this program as an administrator.
Step 3. Click on the OK button to save the changes.
Now, restart this app and check if the Battle.net initializing issue still persists.
Solution 2. Check the Connection Issues
The connection issue is one of the most common reasons that cause Battle.net stuck on initializing. Many connection issues including slow bandwidth, BNS cache, unstable Internet can trigger the Blizzard app stuck on initializing.
To fix this issue, you need to check the connections on your device comprehensively. For that:
Step 1. Switch to a wired or LAN connection. As you know, the wired connection is always more stable than a wireless connection. To avoid Battlenet download stuck on initializing, we recommend using a wired connection.
Step 2. Set the highest Network Bandwidth.
- Open your Blizzard app, and then click on the Blizzard icon and select Settings from the drop-down menu.
- Navigate to the Game Install/Update tab on the left pane, and then change the values of both Latest updates and Future patch data to 0 under the Network Bandwidth Here 0 represents unlimited network bandwidth.
- Then save these changes.
Step 3. Restart your router and modem. You just need to press the Power button on the router to turn it off and wait for about 15 seconds, and then turn it on. Besides, make sure the needed ports are open.
Step 4. Flush DNS through Command Prompt.
- Type cmd in the search box, and then right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
- Type the ipconfig /flushdns command and hit Enter.
- Exit the command prompt window and reconnect your network.
Step 5. Run Internet connection or Network adapter troubleshooter. If the network issue still persists, follow the steps below:
- Press Win + I keys to open the Settings window, and then navigate to Update & security > Troubleshoot.
- Double click the Network Adapter section and click on Run the troubleshooter. Then this tool will automatically detect any problems related to the network.
After that, you can check if the Blizzard launcher stuck on initializing issue is fixed or not.
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Solution 3. Clear the Battle.net Cache
Accumulated Battle.net cache can slow down the loading process and cause Battle.net initializing. Besides, these redundant app files can get corrupted or incomplete. So, we recommend that you clear the cache on a regular basis.
Step 1. Close the Blizzard app completely and open the Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar.
Step 2. In the Processes tab, end all processes related to the Blizzard app.
Step 3. Click on This PC (Windows 10) and open the system partition C.
Step 4. Tick the checkbox for Hidden items, and click on the Program Data folder.
Step 5. Delete the Battle.net folder and restart your Blizzard App.
Now, you can check if Blizzard launcher stuck on initializing.
Solution 4. Run Blizzard App in a Selective Startup
According to some user reports, some third-party software and VPNs can trigger the Battle.net initializing issue. For this, running the Blizzard app in a selected startup can minimizing the program's conflict. Here’s how:
Step 1. Type msconfig.msc in the search box and select System Configuration from the best match.
Step 2. Click on the Selective startup and uncheck the box for Load startup items.
Step 3. Navigate to the Services tab and check the box for Hide all Microsoft services. And then click on Disable all button.
Step 4. Click on OK and Apply button to save the changes.
Step 5. Restart your computer and launch Blizzard again to see if the Blizzard app stuck on initializing.
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