At the time of writing, Activision Blizzard are having their newest investor call. While the company are reporting healthy numbers throughout all of their properties (Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Destiny — See Below), one game has helped Blizzard have their best quarter in history. That game is Overwatch.
15 Million players and counting
During the call, Activision Blizzard announced that the total player count for Overwatch has surpassed 15 million. Not only are those player numbers impressive, but Overwatch has become the fastest selling PC game of all time in China. Just as impressive, the game continues to dominate the Korean Internet Game Rooms and holds a firm grasp on the #1 most played game over there.
From the investor call:
“On May 24, 2016, Blizzard launched Overwatch which now has over 15 million players globally, including box and digital sales, internet game room players, and multi-user console households. In China, Overwatch broke the previous record set by Diablo® III as the fastest-selling PC game in the market’s history.1 Overwatch also currently holds the number one position in Korean Internet Game Rooms with over 30% share of play time.”
Since launch, players have spent about 500 million hours playing Overwatch. To nobody’s surprise, Blizzard announced that additional content will be on its way. Currently, the summer update includes special skins and game modes that coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympics (some of which are really good).
Destiny, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty
As information from the investor call continues to trickle in (thanks to Industry Analyst Daniel Ahmad — @ZhugeEX on twitter), Activision Blizzard have discussed earnings for more of their biggest properties. Here are some worth noting:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III continues to be the number 1 best selling next gen game and has better current metric than previous iterations of the franchise.
- World of Warcraft Legion pre-purchases are tracking in-line with the previous expansion (Warlords).
- Pre-orders for Destiny Rise of Iron are tracking higher than they were last year for The Taken King. This is due to the April Update for Destiny, which drove strong re engagement, with an increase in Monthy Active Users (MAU) and time spent per MAU month-over-month.
Check out Mr. Ahmad’s Twitter for a breakdown of the whole investor call (and for industry analysis in general).