Hearthstone and Overwatch to fuel bumper year for Blizzard

2017 could prove to be a bumper year for Blizzard as exponential growth is projected for two of their major games: Overwatch and Hearthstone.

The developer has recently announced that Overwatch has amassed more than 25 million players, with more predicted to join in conjunction with the upcoming Overwatch League.  

“The world needs heroes, and over 25 million have answered the call,” a tweet from the official Overwatch account reads. “The fight for the future isn’t over yet, though. Are you with us?”

Since it was released, the online shooter has been enjoying an enduring growth of its user base. By August last year — less than three months it went live — Overwatch already surpassed 15 million users, and hit 20 million players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in October.

A separate new report suggests that Hearthstone, another of Blizzard’s products, could also be in for a bumper year in 2017, with sales topping $1.4 billion.

The online card game generated over $394 million in revenue last year, nearly $300 million more than Shadowverse, the next most profitable game within the category. But according to research firm SuperData, the in-game sales of digital collectible card games will continue to grow this year, with online eSports events streaming continuing to fuel its growth.

SuperData claims that this is promising for the future of these games, as the growth of digital card games, especially on smartphones, card games have also been given a new lease of life—and Blizzard will enjoy seeing Hearthstone at the top of the heap and continuing to grow.

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