Overwatch open beta draws in 9.7 million participants0 Comments
Few will likely be surprised to hear that the open beta for Blizzard's upcoming hero shooter Overwatch was a success. However, the breadth of that success may come as a bit of a shock, as Blizzard have announced that their eight-day open beta period resulted in a grand total of 9.7 million participants.
That figure may seem slightly misleading; seeing as how the beta was featured across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, there's a chance that some players checked out the game from more than one system. Still, the rest of the results are simply staggering: altogether, those nearly 10 million users logged in over 81 million hours of play time across 37 million matches. Crunching the numbers, the average play time per user comes to 8.35 hours.
These results surely spell good news for Blizzard. Not only does the high number of beta participants show considerable interest in their title, most would agree that the tremendous amount of logged play time indicates an entertaining and engaging product. Not too shabby for a studio that's never before developed a shooter.
Overwatch is set to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 24.
Overwatch's Wildly Successful Beta Attracted Almost 10 Million Players, GameSpot