While the open beta for Xbox One, PS4, and PC has already ended for Blizzard’s newest IP, the fanbase that it has developed around the globe has grown stronger than ever. As of May 10, (the last day of the beta), the Overwatch beta has had over 9.7 million players logged in to enjoy the new multiplayer goodness that the game has brought to the FPS genre. That not only makes Overwatch Blizzard’s biggest open beta ever, but to put it into perspective, that’s about 81 million hours and 37 million matches during the short time of the open beta.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment wasn’t necessarily shocked, (the game is awesome, there’s no reason to be shocked), but he is definitely thrilled, stating, “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.”