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Overwatch is selling like hotcakes, with over 7 million players

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Overwatch attracts over 7 million players already

Overwatch showed everyone how to use an open beta to help bolster your game sales instead of hinder them, and Blizzard seems to be reaping the rewards of the addictive seeds they sowed almost a month ago. Overwatch only launched last week, but the colourful cartoony shooter already has over 7 million players according to Blizzard – and that number is just increasing.

Blizzard revealed that across all three launch platforms, Overwatch has over 7 million uniquely subscribed users already playing. They didn’t release sales statistics, but did mention that this figure represented the total number of retail, digital and otherwise casual players (those just logging on at their local internet cafe). That could mean that actual sales are a touch lower than the player count, but it’s still Blizzard’s most successful global game launch, and one of the best ever.

And it’s a testament to just how well it was handled. Overwatch suffered only a slight blip at launch, but since then server stability has been as smooth as any developer could dream. There’s still a little bit of a kick up over how Overwatch deals with lag and tick refreshes, but at least Blizzard seems to be listening to community feedback consistently and improving the game where they can.

Competitive play is set to launch later this month too, while Blizzard also looks at ways to make those incredibly shareable Play of the Game clips a little smarter. Because it’s still incredibly boring to see Bastion sitting in a corner mowing down players for the 1000th time.

If you still don’t have Overwatch and still aren’t sure what all the fuss is about, you should check out our review here. Or read up on the game’s extensive lore, because it’s just damn good. Maybe then you can pick up a copy on Xbox One, PS4 or PC.

Last Updated: June 3, 2016

34 Comments

  1. xXx_Jok3R_360degreeNoScope_xXx ? That’s a tongue twister.

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  2. Darren Peach

    June 3, 2016 at 09:07

    I would like to get this game. But all that cash for a exclusive MP game.

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    • Ir0nseraph

      June 3, 2016 at 09:13

      The game is pretty expensive, I would have skipped it, but thanks to PS sharing it was affordable.
      The game is actually pretty good fun and should fill some hours until Deus Ex arrives.

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      • Darren Peach

        June 3, 2016 at 09:19

        Yep. But my days of wasteful spending are on hold.

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    • GooseZA

      June 3, 2016 at 10:02

      Man I’m so tired of this argument. Any other R900 SP game with MP (think BF, CoD, Halo, Gears of War) will have on average a 15 hour campaign that you can knock off in a weekend (shorter for CoD). After that you spend the rest of the time playing the MP unless you’re into trophy / achievement hunting until the –INEVITABLE PAID DLC– drops. Then you need it to be able to play all the maps (if you’re really into the game) so that’s another 200-300 bucks PER PACK.

      This game has no SP so you lose a measly 15 hours of gameplay out of a few hundred. It’s incredibly well polished and balanced, looks gorgeous and runs like a dream on all platforms. The servers are excellent, the netcode is a dream. AND YOU’LL GET FREE MAPS, CHARACTERS, ETC FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE GAME!

      I really don’t get people’s issue with the price. The game is a TON of fun, it launched COMPLETE, polished, balanced with virtually no server issues (how many games do that these days?) and while there are plenty of new characters and maps to come, YOU”RE NOT GOING TO PAY A CENT FOR THEM.

      R900 for this is nothing.

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      • Tarisma

        June 3, 2016 at 10:03

        you mean R700 if you actually bother to use the internet to try get it cheaper.

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        • GooseZA

          June 3, 2016 at 10:04

          Of course 😉

          But I’d still pay the full asking price for this. It’s excellent.

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          • Tarisma

            June 3, 2016 at 10:40

            I have the Origins edition so worth it.

          • Ottokie

            June 3, 2016 at 10:43

            Same. Worth every cent

          • Tarisma

            June 3, 2016 at 12:40

            Tarisma#2768 add me will be cool to have more SA players

      • Darren Peach

        June 3, 2016 at 10:29

        Ok. But let me point out that I may prioritise other virtues in my gaming habits. I am keen to piay it, I just can’t afford to waste money anymore. And if I have to choose, Doom and Uncharted appeal to my tastes a touch more. After the lacklustre Battlefield Star Wars cash grab, I remain wary of MP only games. It’s not something you should worry over. Each to his or her own.

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  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 3, 2016 at 09:09

    • HairyEwok

      June 3, 2016 at 10:24

      Run PokiPoki… Run for your miserable life!

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  4. Ottokie

    June 3, 2016 at 09:16

    Rubbed the lucky Squirrel last night, the whole team gets legendary skins within the next 2 games xD

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    • Darren Peach

      June 3, 2016 at 09:30

      The first part of your comment sounds like you did something x rated. Lol 😛

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      • Ottokie

        June 3, 2016 at 09:31

        If it gets me dem legendary skins, I will KEEP doing it xD

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        • Darren Peach

          June 3, 2016 at 09:37

          Lol.

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        • Tarisma

          June 3, 2016 at 09:38

          I hate you, I have so many sprays for hero’s I don’t play. they joy

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          • Ottokie

            June 3, 2016 at 09:39

            Took me 25 boxes to get the first. Vamps starts playing last night, pulls one in first 5 boxes

          • Tarisma

            June 3, 2016 at 09:53

            I’ve gotten 3 legendary items a skin for zarya don’t play her (also have 3 other skins for her) and 250 gold twice. I’m level 30 now. A mate of mine is level 18 he has 5 legionaries.

          • Ottokie

            June 3, 2016 at 09:55

            Warframe has toughened me up against bad RNG, so I am just a little salty about your comment xD

          • Tarisma

            June 3, 2016 at 10:02

            Yeah Diablo did the same for me, Still yet to get 1 legendary drop on Thorns of the Invoker set this season, but i cant help be bitter.

          • Ottokie

            June 3, 2016 at 10:04

            I was just hitting 72 GRifts when Overwatch launched. RIP season

          • Tarisma

            June 3, 2016 at 10:40

            Ya I’m 2 achievements short of my bank tab. Probably not going to get it

  5. iusedtobe(a)regular

    June 3, 2016 at 09:29

    Its a pity its selling so well because now devs will see people dont mind to pay through their noses for an online only game. Still a pass from me.

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    • Ottokie

      June 3, 2016 at 09:31

      Game play is smooth as butter, net code is perfect. A lot of attention too detail in characters and their backgrounds. B E A-utiful graphics. Whats not to love?

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    • Ir0nseraph

      June 3, 2016 at 09:37

      It might be always online MP online, but the game works , lag is not a factor , I don’t mind paying for working game.

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      • iusedtobe(a)regular

        June 3, 2016 at 11:34

        Working game or not, R1100 for a game that doesnt give me a single player experience is just not worth it and there is no way I can justify that price.

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        • Ir0nseraph

          June 3, 2016 at 12:07

          What platform is priced at R1100 ?

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          • iusedtobe(a)regular

            June 3, 2016 at 13:01

            Console.

          • Ir0nseraph

            June 3, 2016 at 14:09

            Ok I went digital @ R899.

    • Tarisma

      June 3, 2016 at 09:42

      I think of it like this, I get COD as well, and I don’t play the single player at all. Most games for me are online only multiplayer’s, so it makes no real difference.

      I would rather play truly amazing single player games such as the Witcher 3, uncharted, last of us and tell tale games and excellent online multiplayer games like Overwatch, COD, Diablo and Rocket League, than some half half game that doesn’t do both mediums justice. But I do understand at this point in my life time is the limiting factor.

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  6. Deceased

    June 3, 2016 at 09:34

    “Because it’s still incredibly boring to see Bastion sitting in a corner mowing down players for the 1000th time.”

    I vote batman for the week ( or potentially the month )

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  7. HairyEwok

    June 3, 2016 at 10:23

    Only reason they’re selling like hotcakes is due to the cheaters they’ve banned went and bought more games XD

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