They planned to carry out testing from May 5 to 9, but on the last day it was decided to extend it for another 24 hours. The preliminary orders were able to start playing on May 3. During this time, users spent more than 4.9 billion minutes (about 81 million hours) in Overwatch and took part in 37 million matches.
«We are shocked by such an incredible number of players around the world who joined the open testing of Overwatch, — said the General Director of Blizzard Mike Morhame (Mike Morhame. — We wanted as many console users as possible and PC could try out the full version before its release. The reaction was stunning — We hope you got a sea of pleasure».
For comparison: more than 9 million people participated in Star Wars Battlefront, and it became «The largest in the history of EA». As for the new IP, the leader to date has been the Ubisoft Division from Ubisoft — Its open «beta» attracted attention 6.4 million users. Overwatch release will take place on May 24 on consoles and PC.