Overwatch is still very popular, despite being over two years old. Blizzard keeps updating the game—adding new heroes and features—to keep fans returning. The Overwatch League helps, too; a thriving esports scene is engaging the Overwatch player-base in an entirely different way. But just how many people are still playing Overwatch daily? That’s not a number Blizzard has been open to sharing. Dot Esports asked Blizzard for a tally during BlizzCon 2018 but the team declined to comment.
The latest number reported by Blizzard is a 40 million player total in May 2018, just as the game’s second anniversary event approached. Blizzard did not clarify the context of this number—it likely means copies sold and not active players. Though the pace had definitely slowed, the 40 million total was still a significant growth since Blizzard reported 35 million players in October 2017. These numbers can’t be Overwatch’s monthly active users. Blizzard reported 37 million monthly active users for all of its games in an August 2018 second quarter earnings report, a number down one million monthly active users from the first quarter in 2018.
In the second quarter of 2017, for reference, Blizzard noted the monthly active users across its suite of games, including Overwatch, was tallied at 46 million—a nine million loss in monthly active users a year later.
None of these are necessarily bad for Overwatch; it’s definitely not a “ded game.” Blizzard continues to make money from the title through loot box sales and continued interest in the Overwatch League. A lot of people are still playing Overwatch, but the exact number of active users remains a mystery. We’ve reached out to Blizzard for more information.