Hearthstone might be nearing its second birthday, but it’s hardly showing its age. The game continues to be a huge hit for Blizzard.
Hearthstone has surpassed 40 million players—15 million more than the number revealed in the same earnings call for 2014—Blizzard revealed in its fourth quarter earnings presentation yesterday.
That means that 40 million individual accounts have been created and used in the free-to-play game. While that undoubtedly includes some duplicates and botted accounts, and some players will have picked up the game and dropped it again, the player base for Hearthstone is now bigger than ever.
The League of Explorers expansion also sold 20 percent better than the Blackrock Mountain expansion as of six weeks after launch. This is despite Blizzard spending a far shorter period of time between the announcement and release of the expansion this time around.
While the company doesn’t release revenue totals for individual games, digital revenues grew 32% year-on-year and made up more than half of the company’s income for the first time.