In just under a year, Overwatch has brought in over a billion dollars for Activision.
It's been a pretty good year for Overwatch. Besides putting on a number of events, including one celebrating the Summer Olympic Games, the team-based shooter has added heroes, maps, and more. We're currently in the third competitive season of play, and Overwatch continues to grow in popularity, as Blizzard announced that the game surpassed 30 million registered players last week. That's an impressive figure, but here's one that's even more so: Overwatch has pulled in over a billion dollars for Blizzard since it launched.
The news comes from Activision Blizzard's financial results for the first quarter of 2017. Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said, "This quarter we delivered record revenues, earnings per share and cash flow, and over-performed guidance." A big chunk of that comes from Overwatch, which Activision said is now "the 8th billion-dollar franchise in Activision Blizzard"s portfolio."
There's lots of info in the report, but the short version is that Overwatch has brought in a lot of cash over the last year, and that's contributed to Blizzard bringing in $441 million in the first quarter of the year. That's an increase of 50 percent over last year. You can check out the full report here.