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Overwatch hits 10 million players in under a month

Blizzard's new team shooter is on track to break the active player record set by the company's own World of Warcraft.

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Just two weeks after its May 24 release, Overwatch had reached 7 million players. One of them was Tesla's Elon Musk. I mean, sure, that's impressive, but it was still noticeably short of the 9.7 million that flocked to the free open beta before the game's release.

But now, Blizzard's new team-based online shooter has hit a new milestone. In less than a month, it's now sitting pretty at 10 million players, the company announced in a statement. CNET's Seamus Byrne had some thoughts on why the game has clicked with such a large playerbase.

World of Warcraft, Blizzard's incredibly popular MMORPG, sat at around 12 million monthly subscribers at its peak. Blizzard's free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone has around 40 million players. With Overwatch, which comes with a one-time purchase, passing the 10-million player mark, it really does look like Blizzard has unlocked the recipe for success no matter how it sells its games.


This article also appears in Spanish. Read Overwatch se anotó 10 millones de jugadores en menos de un mes