Activision-Blizzard’s second quarterly earnings were released this week with a few nuggets of information on popular franchises under the Activision-Blizzard banner. Predictably, the enormous launch of Overwatch was a main focus of their second quarter earnings call and Q&A. So what have people been playing? Lets go over the numbers a little.
Robert A. Kotick, President/CEO and Director of Activision-Blizzard reported that Overwatch has over 15 million players to date. These players have put an estimated 500 million hours into the shooter. That is a crazy amount considering how new the game is. Overwatch continues to break internal records as well. Day One of the new Rio Summer Games mode saw record engagement. With the possibility of future events, we can assume the numbers next quarter should be staggering.
Kotick addressed other Blizzard titles as well. World of Warcraft: Legion pre-purchases are tracking with the last expansion, Warlords of Draenor, in 2014. Momentum leading into Legion seems to be tracking as expected. Many users on the battle.net forums worry about a population dive until the new expansion’s release. Time will tell if players have just put the game on pause, or if the MMO titan is finally winding down.
Additionally, Hearthstone had its highest monthly active user numbers and highest quarterly time spent in the game’s history. The Whispers of the Old Gods expansion brought about this success, which Blizzard hopes to increase with a new expansion, One Night in Karazhan, on August 11th. With Elder Scrolls: Legends in the beta stage, how will Hearthstone’s player base be effected, if at all?
Across all Activision-Blizzard platforms, 10 billion hours of play time were recorded in Q2. A solid quarter across the board. Activision-Blizzard has some major opportunities in the near future to show us what they can do. How do you think they will draw us in?