‘Overwatch’ already has over seven million players

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Tracer, one of the characters from “Overwatch” (photo courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment)

The hype over “Overwatch” keeps on going as Blizzard Entertainment’s new game already has much as seven million players. In its first week since its launch, the game has attracted so much attention that its growth has become fast.

Blizzard has said that “Overwatch” now has over seven million players. While it still has to get to the 9.7 million players for the open beta, PC Gamer notes that the number is still impressive given that the people have to buy the game. The open beta, in contrast, has been free.

Blizzard in its statement has said that “Overwatch” is one of the most successful global game launches, PlayStation Lifestyle reports. Blizzard adds in its statement that players have so far swapped characters 326 million times and overall have collectively given 119 million hours to the game.

“Overwatch” is Blizzard’s first first-person shooter (FPS) game. For a long time, Blizzard has concentrated more on RPG-type and adventure games. For a first foray into the FPS genre, Blizzard has done very well. The hype over the game has been so much, in part because of the trailer videos as well as the promotion Blizzard did for the game.

With seven million players, “Overwatch” seems on target to get or even surpass the 9.7 million players it had during the open beta last May. Observers say that at its pace, the game is on its way to achieving or even go over that mark. The combination of compelling characters and an immersive game has made “Overwatch” successful.

In connection to it, with the number of players has come as well a fair number of cheaters. Blizzard has said that it will ban cheaters who have been found permanently. Gamespot has said that there have been players who have posted screenshots of failed attempts by some to hack the game. The anti-cheat engine used by Blizzard is efficient as to detect cheaters even after they have changed MAC addresses and other information linking them to the game.

Photo courtesy: Blizzard Entertainment

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