There is no denying the gaming juggernaut that is Blizzard Entertainment, they have crafted some of the biggest games ever made, they essentially see overnight success with their ideas like Warcraft (the good original version, not the terrible online game), Diablo, and even Starcraft. This company already has it good, and with their latest game Overwatch is seems the game was already rigged in their favor from the start, Overwatch has been an overnight success that has shown the power of this single company.
Blizzard has revealed that their first new intellectual property in eighteen years has surpassed over seven million users in just over a weeks time, for those not paying attention that amounts to a lot of sales and plenty of revenue for Blizzard. Blizzard’s CEO and co founder, Mike Morhaime, shared the news:
“Over the months and weeks leading up to release we saw a lot of love and support for Overwatch—from Blizzard gamers, FPS fans, and people who’d never picked up a game like this before—and we’re very grateful for everyone’s incredible passion and enthusiasm. We poured a lot of effort into creating a game—and a new universe—that anyone could enjoy. We’re ecstatic to have had such a successful launch, and we’re looking forward to all of the fun, competition, and new content still to come.”
It was not just the Blizzard name that had this game rigged for success, but the games open beta alone that showed the games future success. The games open beta acquired around 9.7 million users around the world, this number may be bigger then the sales but give it around a month and sales will overshadow the beta.
Now seeing the success of Overwatch lets just expect Blizzard to milk the franchise for all its worth, and see a sequel in the next couple of years, I would personally be a lot happier if this game was a simple one-off, I think its charm will wear off soon. If you are interested in the game Overwatch is available on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.