Blizzard’s smash online arena shooter already boasts more than 1 million players. But they’re looking to up that number by offering anyone the chance to play the game for free from November 18-21. Blizzard is calling it the “Overwatch Free Weekend.” Here are the details:

“For this free weekend, we’re making Overwatch’s full roster of 22 heroes and 13 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the latest Weekly Brawl. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options. (Plus, if you decide to purchase a copy of Overwatch after test driving the game, you’ll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same, Xbox Live or Sony Entertainment account that you played on.)”

Blizzard has provided a complete FAQ for those who want to learn more. Specific notes are the fact that the download is about 12GB, and there are different instructions for each platform.

Overwatch has become immensely popular and has already been making waves in the eSports community. At this year’s BlizzCon, Blizzard announced the Overwatch League, a new type of eSports that will mirror many traditional sports with regional teams and player combines.


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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.