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Nearly 10 million people played the Overwatch Beta

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Overwatch Beta attracts nearly 10 million players

Overwatch is fast approaching launch, and the open beta that Blizzard hosted just this past weekend did an even better job of convincing people about the multiplayer shooter’s quality than any news before it. The internet is adorned with players wishing time away so that they can hop back in, and it’s certainly worked in favour of Blizzard unlike some other beta tests in the past. Heck, Overwatch might be their most successful for a long time, with nearly 10 million people logging in to play.

Blizzard have revealed that a staggering 9.7 million people downloaded, played and (hopefully) enjoyed the Overwatch beta, which ran across all three launch platforms this past weekend. That equates to a huge 81 million hours of playtime, with the servers staying quite stable during the entire period. Blizzard, as you can imagine, are pretty happy about this figure. Or at least Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime is.

“We’re thrilled that such an incredible number of players from around the globe got a chance to check out Overwatch during the open beta. Our mission was to make sure as many console and PC gamers as possible could experience the full game ahead of its launch – the response was overwhelming, and we hope that everyone had a blast.”

Of course while you weren’t getting stomped by Bastion (for some reason), Blizzard was collecting heaps of data concerning character balance, player rankings and more server side stuff to ensure that the launch in just a few days time goes as smoothly as possible. The real win here is the perception of the game though, with the response being rather positive all round. Players who previously had little interest in the game might now need to pick it up – just like Darryn here at the office.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with Overwatch in closed beta, and I’m excited to see where Blizzard take it after launch. But will the price be keeping you back from a Day One purchase?

Last Updated: May 13, 2016

45 Comments

  1. Price keeps me from day 1 purchases of R150 games. So yes. Price is a factor.

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  2. Kervyn Cloete

    May 13, 2016 at 09:34

    PS4 gamesharing = Me getting my Overwatch on at launch for half price

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    • Ir0nseraph

      May 13, 2016 at 09:42

      Gamesharing is great, but Overwatch isn’t on my list, the price is the big factor , and the fact it has no story was the other.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        May 13, 2016 at 09:43

        XD

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      • Pariah

        May 13, 2016 at 09:45

        Overwatch has tons of story. Just visit the website and watch the videos and stuff. Think of it like Dark Souls, in game they allude to possible MAYBE story elements. If you want it, look online. Except with Overwatch, the devs are the ones giving you the story, not some nolifer on a wiki. Also, there are awesome videos and comics.

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          May 13, 2016 at 09:46

          Cool, when do they start selling lunchboxes, do I get bananas for preordering the Winston one?

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          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 09:47

            Lol you want Jim in your lunchbox?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 09:48

            full spread

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 09:51

            I need mind bleach now. Thanks.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 09:52

            …split down the middle?

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 09:57

            laid out on a sundae

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 09:58

            Mashed up with some nuts

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 09:58

            Ewwwwww…..I’m out, ewww ewww ewww

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 09:58

            With extra ice cream.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            May 13, 2016 at 10:00

            XD

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 10:06

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 13, 2016 at 09:52

            That sounds a-peeling.

        • Ir0nseraph

          May 13, 2016 at 10:15

          Call me old fashioned, I prefer the story in game.

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          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 10:27

            Oh me too. I was mocking Dark Souls at the same time. 😀

  3. Admiral Chief Protector

    May 13, 2016 at 09:43

    MUST
    HAVE

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  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    May 13, 2016 at 09:46

    Maybe later, when it’s the correct price

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 13, 2016 at 09:47

      Sadly, ^this

      🙁

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  5. Kromas untamed

    May 13, 2016 at 09:59

    I am sooo ready to play it again. Felt sad after the Beta closed.

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 13, 2016 at 09:59

      I’m a very sad panda 🙁

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      • Kromas untamed

        May 13, 2016 at 10:01

        I’m a very sad 14 y/o SC champ with a mech.

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        • Admiral Chief Protector

          May 13, 2016 at 10:03

          Well I’m a very very sad protector of the innocent

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          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:12

            Yours is quite vague. Mercy?

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:21

            VAGUE??????????

            She says it when you select her!

          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            I don’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning. If it is not an ip address or I don’t often hear it I will forget it.

            Still. You said she so it is most likely Mercy … probably.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            Check the profile pic

          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            Yeah I got it.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:29

            Should have put it in binary or hex

          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:30

            Also I played her a total of 5 minutes the whole Beta.

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 10:30

            I’ve never played Overwatch. >_>

          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:31

            Rofl.

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            You even changed your profile pic to match. I thought it was obvious.

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            IKR?

          • Kromas untamed

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            Pharah!

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:28

            Jou parra man!

            😛

          • Pariah

            May 13, 2016 at 10:29

            MAMPARRA. lmao!!!!

            ahahahahahahahaa

          • Admiral Chief Protector

            May 13, 2016 at 10:29

            Such a lekker word.

            MAMPARRA.

            I have not used it recently, TODAY, IT LIVES AGAIN!

  6. ReverendFunk

    May 13, 2016 at 10:53

    At least the Blizzard shop has the regular version for 40 euro (R 680). Not too bad.

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    • Admiral Chief Protector

      May 13, 2016 at 11:03

      Yeah, I saw that

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  7. Skittle

    May 13, 2016 at 11:43

    R899

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    • Kagutsuchi

      May 13, 2016 at 16:32

      R700 if you buy on Battle.net

      If you have friends to play with, it’ll be worth the money.

      Reply

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