20 Interesting Overwatch Statistics and Facts (2019) | By the Numbers

Here are a few of the most interesting Overwatch statistics I have been able to dig up in my travels (including Overwatch player count). As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Overwatch Statistics and FactsFew video games have had the immediate and transcendent impact that Blizzard’s Overwatch did when it was released in May 2016. The team-oriented first-person shooter has become an eSports rockstar with tens of millions of players and spawning a larger-than-life global Overwatch League that has attracted investment from some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

It may still be relatively new, but there is much that can be measured about Overwatch. I recently sat down to see what I could find out about the game….

Overwatch Facts

  •  playoverwatch.com
  • When was Overwatch announced: November 2014
  • When was Overwatch launched: May 2016
  • Game developer: Blizzard
  • Type of game: First-person shooter, Multiplayer
  • Platforms: Windows, PlayStation, Xbox

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PC | PS4 | Xbox One

Overwatch Statistics

How many people play Overwatch?

40 million active Overwatch players

Last updated 9/5/18

Number of Overwatch players over the game’s first year:

30 million

Number of Overwatch players during its open beta:

10 million

Number of hero characters in Overwatch:


Number of hours players spent on Overwatch during its first week:

119 million hours

Amount of revenue that Overwatch has generated:

$1 billion

Last updated 5/4/17

Overwatch is the fastest game to hit 20 million players in Blizzard history.

Minimum amount professional players on Overwatch League teams earn:


Number of Overwatch League teams announced so far:

20 teams

Last updated 9/7/18

Estimated amount each Overwatch League team pays for franchise rights:

$20 million each

Number of viewers for the Overwatch League’s first day:

425,000 viewers

Number of viewers for the Overwatch League’s first week:

10 million viewers

Number of viewers for the Overwatch League’s opening week 2019:

13 million

Average number of viewers every minute of the Overwatch League’s 2019 season’s opening week:


Number of countries where Overwatch League games were viewed in its second season opening week:


Number of languages the Overwatch League’s second season opening week was broadcast in:


Total points of damage that have been dealt out in Overwatch play:

38 trillion

Last updated 5/24/18

Total points of damage that have been healed in Overwatch play:

17 trillion

Last updated 5/24/18

Total number of objectives that have been captured in Overwatch play:

56 trillion

Last updated 5/24/18

Amount of time people spend watching the Overwatch League per year:

160 million hours

Amount Twitch paid for the rights to the Overwatch League:

$90 million

Percentage of Overwatch League fans that play the game:


Total time spent watching Overwatch content across streaming platforms for Q1 2019:

72.8 million hours

Total time spent watching Overwatch content across streaming platforms for Q2 2019:

84 million hours

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