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 Overwatch—from 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.”