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Overwatch soars past 25 million players, still no one on the payload

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Overwatch soars past 25 million players

Considering it was born from the failure of an MMO, I think even Blizzard is a little fascinated by just how well the world has taken to Overwatch. In November of last year the developer celebrated 20 million registered players, and it’s taken less than two months to increase that figure by a quarter. Yesterday, Blizzard welcomed the 25th million player into their class-based shooter world, celebrating their success with a post on social media.

Overwatch’s previous 20 million record set a new bar for the developer, with it being the fastest growing game the studio has put out to date. It doesn’t necessarily translate to the number of copies the game has sold (which must be close, if not even more given some players choose to purchase multiple copies), but any game with this number of registered players is clearly doing something very right.

A lot of that has to do with the support Blizzard has fed into the game, which start and stop with the many free events that have made their way into the game over the past year. Right now Blizzard is hosting the Year of the Rooster, which adds new seasonal loot boxes to the game along with a brand new Capture the Flag mode. A few weeks ago there was the Christmas Event, and a few weeks prior Blizzard included another new game mode with their Halloween special. That sort of post-launch support comes few and far between, but it’s working in Blizzard’s favour.

It also helps that the game is constantly being tweaked to help shift the meta, that goes hand in hand with a polished, well-rounded package that still captivates players despite having only two (now three!) game modes. Overwatch will likely continue to soar through 2017, and Blizzard already have plans to address characters like Bastion in the near future. No matter which way you cut it, Blizzard have that Midas touch.

Last Updated: January 27, 2017


  1. It really helps that they ran some great specials on it over the last 2 months.


  2. Admiral Chief

    January 27, 2017 at 13:24

    Junkrat is mah boyyyyyyyyyyy


    • Dresden

      January 27, 2017 at 14:17

      Luccio commin’ at ya!


    • Gavin Mannion

      January 27, 2017 at 14:21

      my daughter is so disappointed in me that I use Junkrat… Junkrat is awesome


      • Admiral Chief

        January 30, 2017 at 08:04

        Almost every match that I play him, I get play of the game.

        Also, that schneaky trap/mine at the front of a spawn is always a lol


      • Deceased

        February 2, 2017 at 00:04

        Your daughter is right – you should be ashamed 🙁


  3. Geoffrey Tim

    January 27, 2017 at 13:29

    This headline tho <3


    • Ottokie

      January 27, 2017 at 13:30

      Everyone is still playing free for all in the hallways!


    • Gavin Mannion

      January 27, 2017 at 14:20



      • Dresden

        January 27, 2017 at 14:24

        “Ok I’m on my… ooooh look a low health Tracer!”
        Proceeds to chase for a few minutes and dies eventually…


  4. Dutch Matrix

    January 27, 2017 at 13:48

    Question: If I start playing Overwatch this weekend, what are the odds of me actually being any good? Or will I end up getting shot in the face. A lot?


    • PurplePariah

      January 27, 2017 at 13:51

      Well with the next patch you won’t get teabagged at least.


    • Gavin Mannion

      January 27, 2017 at 14:22

      nah their ranking system is great.. you will play placement matches and be ranked where you belong…


      • Dutch Matrix

        January 27, 2017 at 14:29

        Oh Good! Maybe I’ll get it this weekend!


  5. Dresden

    January 27, 2017 at 14:38

  6. Sageville

    January 30, 2017 at 10:19



  7. Deceased

    February 2, 2017 at 00:02

    Can we vote this title of the week or something?


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