Overwatch Beta Smashes All Expectations For Blizzard

by : Mark Foster on : 13 May 2016 11:08

Blizzard must be having a pretty huge party right about now, after they released some astounding figures from the Overwatch beta.


Apparently, the beta attracted 9.7 million people world wide to play the game over 5 days. Over said 5 days, it’s estimated that players racked up a mind-bending 81 million hours worth of gameplay. Wow. These stats have officially made it Blizzard’s biggest open beta in history.


Blizzard CEO and cofounder Mike Morhaime has spoken about the success:

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.


Overwatch will launch worldwide on May 24th, and if the beta was anything to go by, it’s going to be extremely popular.

Mark Foster

Mark is the Gaming Editor for UNILAD. Having grown up a gaming addict, he's been deeply entrenched in culture and spends time away from work playing as much as possible. Mark studied music at University and found a love for journalism through going to local gigs and writing about them for local and national publications.

Topics: Gaming


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