The hype and build up to Blizzard’s take on the multiplayer first person shooter was huge, and it’s paid off for the company, as they’ve happily reported that more than 7 million people have been playing Overwatch in the week and a half since its launch on May 24th.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment said, “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. 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.”
That’s not an exact parallel to sales, as some people might share the game in a household on console, but it’s a huge success, whichever way you cut it. Those 7 million players have already sunk 119 million hours into the game, in which time they’ve swapped heroes 326 million times.
Not me, though. Since the game’s release, I’ve only ever played as Mei, because Mei is probably the most annoying character to play against. We have so much in common.
Source: press release