Active Players  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Active Players  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Overwatch has how many players? Mon, 15 Aug 2016 06:55:22 -0400 SRCRUZ

Blizzard Entertainment's latest title and their first foray into the First Person Shooter category, Overwatch, has been very popular. Initially passing 7-million players in its first week, it has now reached over 15-million active players after two months.

Their most well-known title, World of Warcraftreached 12 million players at its peak, but ended up at less-than-half of that at the end of 2015. While Blizzard said they would no longer report WoW subscriber numbers in 2016, they are more than excited to share their player numbers for Overwatch.

To be fair, Overwatch requires no additional monthly subscription cost (unlike World of Warcraft). Also, as of now Blizzard Entertainment has said that all downloadable content will be free. The only investment required for the game is the initial $40. 

I believe this was a smart decision for Blizzard— they had tangible proof from World of Warcraft's decline that the monthly subscription model was not working anymore. Also, I believe forgoing the monthly subscription allows them to capture much more of the teenage market (who often do not have credit cards). 

By building their audience as much as possible, Blizzard is slated to earn large returns in the future with the inevitable release of expansions and eventual paid DLC.

Evolve Player count increased to 1 million after going free-to-play Thu, 14 Jul 2016 04:49:26 -0400 Joseph Ocasio

Last weekEvolve surprised the game industry by re-constructing itself into a free to play shooter. Since the co-op shooter from Turtle Rock Studios (the team behind the original Left 4 Dead) and 2K Games went free to play, the player count has gone from a couple hundred actives to now over 1 million people playing the game.

If that wasn't enough, according to Steam Charts, the game has peaked at more than 51,000 concurrent players recently. This is up from June’s peak of only 234 concurrent users. As a big thank you to fans, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios are now offering the Blood Eagle skin for Griffin to anyone that logs in between today and Monday.

Evolve was originally released in 2015, to mostly positive reviews from critics. But general audiences weren't as enthusiastic as critics, with most feeling the game featured too little content and was just being made to exploit consumers out of their money for DLC.