ByKen McDonnell, writer at
Now Loading's sentimental Irishman. I can't stop playing Overwatch, please send help.
Ken McDonnell

No doubt a lot of you are missing Blizzard's Overwatch right now, but at least you're not alone. It seems that a lot of people played Overwatch last weekend, like, a lot.

Blizzard held an open beta for their new team-based multiplayer shooter from May 5 to May 10 across PC, PS4 and XBOX One. It was an insane amount of fun and some truly incredible plays came out of it, including these two guys killing someone with a basketball. But was I the only one that got a few extra hours on a particular server? Mine was live for an extra two hours after Blizzard closed shop — they were two beautiful hours.

In any case, to put this into context, here are the numbers from other betas that took the world by storm:

  • Destiny - 4.6 million players across PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
  • [Tom Clancy's The Division](tag:2684169) - 6.4 million across PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Both of these set some crazy new records, and now Blizzard has destroyed them both by adding an additional 3.3 million players on top of Ubisoft's online RPG. Did anyone notice any issues with the servers? I sure didn't, and these numbers are ridiculous!

Overwatch: 9.7 Million Players & 4.9 Billion Minutes

All of those testers involved managed to play Overwatch for over 4.9 billion minutes over the course of 37 million matches. You know how many days that is? 3.3 million. You know how many years that is? Over 9,000. Holy shit.

On average, each player spent about 8.4 hours with the beta, which is less time than it took me to beat [The Order: 1886](tag:2707754) (which is also god awful). As you can imagine, Blizzard are delighted.

“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.” - Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.

We did, Mike. We really did.

How many hours of Overwatch did you play?


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