Blizzard’s new arena shooter is popular. We all know that. But just how popular has been left up to speculation until now. Blizzard announced today that more than 7 million people have played Overwatch in its first week.

“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatchfrom Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment in an official release. “We poured a lot of effort into creating a game—and a new universe—that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”

Some other stats Blizzard announced about the game include:

  • The game has been played for more 119 million hours
  • Heroes have been swapped 326 million times
  • 11 million payloads have been delivered to their destinations

Overwatch has enjoyed an almost universal positive reception from critics. The game enjoys a 90 or better average for all three platforms. Stephen Duetzmann wrote in Pixelkin’s review that, “Overwatch is an amazing game and is a worthwhile addition to anyone’s library.”

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Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.