November 8th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. by Philipp Sattler – The enthusiasm for Overwatch 2 is unbroken. More than a month after the release, the number of players continues to increase. The team shooter can now look forward to over 35 million players. The daily number of players is also twice as high as that of its predecessor.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone anymore. Overwatch 2 is a huge success for developer Blizzard. While the game still has its flaws and hardly a week goes by without a hero being shut down or a map disabled, the broader crowd doesn’t really care. They have fun and spend their time in the hero shooter.
At least that is indicated by the figures that Activision Blizzard published as part of the earnings call. There is talk of now 35 million players. Since this number is not very meaningful in a Free2Play, in which everyone can quickly take a look and uninstall it again, the developers have also published the daily user numbers. Well, that’s not quite right. You didn’t give a specific number, but said that the number of daily players was twice as high as in the predecessor.
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Use numbers with caution
But you should leave the church in the village. Because of course the developers try to present themselves in the best possible way in the context of such reports. For example, it was kept secret with which period of the predecessor one compares oneself. Twice as many players as at the start of the first part would be an announcement. Twice as many as at the end of Overwatch 1 would not be impressive.
Over 35 million people played the game in its first month, including many who were new to Overwatch. The expanded community is engaging deeply, with average daily player numbers for the first month of Overwatch 2 more than double that of its acclaimed predecessor.
But no matter what the number of players really is in the end, Overwatch 2 is a great success for Blizzard. That cannot be disputed. Getting started is kept simple for new players and the Battle Pass (like it or not) ensures constant monetization and thus a supply of heroes and maps. If the developers get the bugs and errors under control soon, Overwatch 2 should continue to run successfully for a long time.