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Warzone 2 Private Matches: How to Host and Join

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The Season 2 update introduced Private Matches for Warzone 2 Battle Royale. Although Private Matches are a welcome addition to the game, you can’t jump in and explore Al Mazrah solo just yet. This guide will explain how to host and join Private Matches in Warzone 2.

Quick take

Warzone 2 added the ability to create Private Matches with the release of Season 2. You can host or join a Private Match by launching Warzone 2.0 Battle Royale and finding the Warzone Private Match game type at the bottom of the Play menu. At least 50 players are needed to start a Warzone 2 Private Match.

How to host a Private Match in Warzone 2

Here are the steps to host a Private Match in Warzone 2:

Warzone 2 game mode selection screen
Warzone 2 Private Match. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • Launch Modern Warfare 2 and go to Warzone 2.0 Battle Royale.
  • From the Play menu, scroll down until you find Warzone Private Match.
Warzone 2 create Private Match screen
Warzone 2 Create Private Match. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • Enter Warzone Private Match and choose Create Private Match.
Warzone 2 Private Match game mode selection screen
Warzone 2 Private Match game modes. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • The available game modes are BR Solos, BR Duos, BR Trios, BR Quads, or Mini Royale.
Warzone 2 Private Match role selection screen
Warzone 2 Private Match role selection. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • A server is created once you select a game mode, and you can join a Squad, a Random Squad, or Spectate. The Spectator option is currently disabled, and according to the patch notes, there are plans to activate this feature in the future.
Warzone 2 Private Match lobby screen
Warzone 2 Private Match lobby. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • You will be placed in a lobby waiting for the match to begin once you select a squad.

*Warzone 2 Private Matches can only begin if 50 players have joined the lobby, no matter which game mode you choose. The developers have yet to state if they plan to lower the requirements for hosting Private Matches in the future. If you were hoping to run around Al Mazrah solo, you’re out of luck – For now, Private Matches are reserved for tournaments or anyone with 49 friends to invite.

Pro tip

You can play Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer private matches split-screen with a friend. Check out our guide on how to play split-screen in Modern Warfare 2.

How to join a Private Match in Warzone 2

Follow these steps to join a Private Match in Warzone 2:

Warzone 2 join Private Match screen
Warzone 2 Join Private Match. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • Launch Modern Warfare 2 and go to Warzone 2.0 Battle Royale.
  • From the Play menu, scroll down until you find Warzone Private Match.
  • Enter Warzone Match and choose Join Private Match.
Warzone 2 Private Match enter game code screen
Warzone 2 Private Match game code. Credit: Jory Hollander/Activision
  • You will be prompted to enter a game code for the corresponding Private Match you wish to join. Game codes are visible in the lobby for the host of the Private Match.
  • Enter the game code to join the lobby and select a squad to join. The game can begin once 50 players have joined the Private Match.

FAQ

  • How do you make a 1v1 Private Match in Warzone 2?

    You need at least 50 players to start a Warzone 2 Private Match. Players can, however, create a 1v1 Private Match in Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer if they own it.

  • What maps are available for Warzone 2 Private Matches?

    Currently, Al Mazrah is the only map available for Warzone 2 Private Matches.

  • What game modes are available for Warzone 2 Private Matches?

    Players can choose between BR Solos, BR Duos, BR Trios, BR Quads, or Mini Royale for Warzone 2 Private Matches.

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