Overwatch 2 was almost an instant success after its initial release, quickly becoming an FPS sensation within the gaming community. But the future of Overwatch 2 has been a fairly hot topic in recent months, with countless players being curious about just how many people still play the game.
Editor’s Note: This post was updated in January 2024 and represents the most up-to-date currently available numbers.
Is Overwatch 2 popular like its predecessor?
Overwatch 2 received “generally favorable” reviews from critics on Metacritic. However, some critics expressed concerns about Blizzard’s handling of the sequel. PC Gamer’s Tyler Colp criticized the game, suggesting that it seems to be overshadowing its predecessor and that the original Overwatch is struggling under the weight of commercial and competitive expectations.
The shift from a 6v6 dynamic to a 5v5 dynamic in Overwatch 2 was noted by IGN’s Simon Cardy. While he acknowledged that it revitalized the game’s meta, he also pointed out that it sacrificed some of the satisfying team play of its predecessor. Cardy concluded that Overwatch 2 is a fundamentally great hero shooter, but it may not be operating at its peak.
GameSpot’s Jessica Howard expressed a concern that Overwatch 2 has moved from being a genre-defining shooter to a trend-chasing one, losing some of its uniqueness in the process. Destructoid’s Chris Carter mentioned that Overwatch 2 lacks the same appeal as the original but still retains its charm. He suggested that the introduction of a PVE update might improve the overall experience, but the game currently has some work to do to match the accessibility and premium feel of its predecessor.
Considering that Overwatch 2 is available on multiple platforms and was one of the best FPS video games at the time of its release, it’s really no surprise that it gained such immense attention. Overwatch 2 is available on the following platforms:
- Xbox One
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Nintendo Switch
- Xbox Series S/X
How Many People Play Overwatch 2 In 2024?
At the time of writing, Overwatch 2’s total active player count generally fluctuates around 30 million players each month, with around 7,975,891 peak players monthly.
While the interest and attention on social media and third-party platforms have seen ups and downs over the past few months, it still seems to be fairly popular on Twitch. The game still managed to rank #26 on Twitch as of January 2024, with an average of approximately 16,425 concurrent Overwatch viewers on Twitch and around 2 million hours of watched Overwatch content on Twitch per month.
Despite the fact that this ranking and popularity on Twitch is still a notable success compared to many other video games within the same genre, it is a dip in performance for Overwatch itself.
Overwatch Player Count Stats
It’s no secret that a large portion of the gaming community feels Overwatch 2 is dead or dying in 2024. But, according to Active Player, Overwatch still has a fairly high active and concurrent player count.
Overwatch is estimated to have around 26,885,027 active and concurrent players within the last 30 days, with around 7,975,891 peak players in a day. In addition, a considerable factor is the frequency of these figures – these immense player count numbers have been mostly recurring for the past few months, with only minuscule dips or spikes over the past several months.
Below are the player count stats for Overwatch 2 in 2024, according to Active Player:
(In a Day)
|Last 30 Days
The top 5 countries playing Overwatch are as follows, according to Player Counter:
|% of Global Players
|Republic of Korea
Is Overwatch 2 Dead In 2024?
While plenty of gamers and community members claim that Overwatch 2 is dead (or dying), the devs claim otherwise – somewhat backed up by the data and stats available. The developers and publishers of Overwatch 2, Blizzard Entertainment, have stated that the overall Overwatch 2 player count is still going strong with steady activity.
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