7 million of you are playing Overwatch

It’s a hit (it’s a holiday)

If the deluge of Overwatch porn wasn’t enough indication, Blizzard’s Team Fortress 2-with-waifus first-person shooter is a hit. The company announced, “more than 7 million players have fought for the future in Overwatch, logging more than 119 million hours combined in one of the most successful global game launches of all time.”

That’s suspiciously short of Blizzard announcing it has sold 7 million copies across PC, PS4, and Xbox One since it launched a week ago.  Maybe a few people have lent the disc to their 14 brothers. But it’s still impressive.

It’s also already surprisingly near the record-breaking 9.7 million people that played the beta, and just a week in. For context, though it only launched on PS4, Uncharted 4 sold 2.7 million copies in its first week and that was considered to be a rousing success.

Of course, if you are not among the 7 million playing Overwatch, you can save your holier-than-thou look, given that most of the planet’s 7 billion population is also not playing Overwatch right now. It’s actually more hip to be playing Overwatch.

Steven Hansen