Overwatch Beta reaches 9.7 million player count

The open beta, which began on May 5th (May 3rd for some) and ran until May 10th, is Blizzard’s biggest ever beta.


It appears Blizzard has another slam dunk. The numbers, which were revealed today by Blizzard, show that nearly 10 million players checked out the developer’s Team Fortress 2-like multiplayer first-person shooter.

This number becomes even more impressive when you realize that recent betas, like the Star Wars: Battlefront beta only saw 9 million players (EA’s largest ever beta) and The Division beta only recorded 6.4 million players.

It should be noted that this figure does combine the numbers of players across all three platforms (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC), meaning there could potentially be repeats from people trying it on different platforms.

Blizzard also divulged that over 37 million matches were played, with players accumulating a total of over 81 million hours of playtime.

Overwatch is set to launch May 24th on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

My Opinion:

The Overwatch beta is by far the most fun I’ve had with a multiplayer game since Rocket League. However, I’m extremely surprised it hit the player total it did, and even more surprised it performed better than the Star Wars: Battlefront beta. Before this news, I wondered if Overwatch had the potential to appeal to a more mainstream audience; with 10 million players it appears to have all the appeal it needs, and then some.

Tyler Fischer is an Associate Writer for MONG who plays video games when he’s not busy researching alien conspiracy theories at 2AM. You can find him on Twitter.


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