Few video games have had the immediate and transcendent impact that Blizzard’s Overwatch did when it was released in May 2016. The team-oriented first-person shooter has become an eSports rockstar with tens of millions of players and spawning a larger-than-life global Overwatch League that has attracted investment from some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.
It may still be relatively new, but there is much that can be measured about Overwatch. I recently sat down to see what I could find out about the game. Here are a few of the most interesting Overwatch statistics I was able to dig up. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.
- When was Overwatch announced: November 2014
- When was Overwatch launched: May 2016
- Game developer: Blizzard
- Type of game: First-person shooter
How many people play Overwatch?
Last updated 9/5/18
Number of Overwatch players over the game’s first year:
Number of Overwatch players during its open beta:
Number of hero characters in Overwatch:
Number of hours players spent on Overwatch during its first week:
Amount of revenue that Overwatch has generated:
Last updated 5/4/17
Overwatch is the fastest game to hit 20 million players in Blizzard history.
Minimum amount professional players on Overwatch League teams earn:
Number of Overwatch League teams announced so far:
Last updated 9/7/18