Quarterly reports from big businesses usually don’t set our world on fire, but if you’re an Overwatch fan, you’ll want to check this one out. Activision Blizzard’s quarterly report was chock full of good news regarding their acquisition and Destiny 2 pre-orders, but the real gems lie in the sustained success of Overwatch.
The game recently celebrated its one year anniversary, but it still has plenty of gas in the tank. The report states:
Blizzard had the biggest quarterly online player community in its history with a record 46 million MAUs, up 38% year‐over‐year. The Overwatch community continued to grow more than a year after launch, setting another all‐time MAU record with the release of two seasonal events in the quarter.
Blizzard’s seasonal events have drawn criticism for being too regular, or making it too difficult to get loot, and Blizzard has responded by continually tweaking the events. The upcoming Summer Games event will give players the ability to purchase last year’s loot at a discount... while offering lots of new goodies, including Mercy and Junkrat legendary skins. We can likely expect a similar model for the next event, Hallowe’en, and onward.
If you’re itching for a little less seasonal magic and a little more story based events, like Uprising, you’re not alone. According to the seasonal report, Uprising was a massive success.
Blizzard had Q2‐record time spent. In April, Blizzard launched Uprising, an Overwatch seasonal event that included a player‐versus‐environment mode that drew record play time.
It’s not a confirmation of similar lore based event, but it’s cheerful to know that everyone else loved the lore based skins and PVE mode as much as we did.
The report does not share further details on the upcoming Overwatch League, beyond sharing the details of the founding members.