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Overwatch 2 is sparking a boom in new players as the beta date approaches

With the Overwatch 2 beta right around the corner, the original game has seen an influx of new players gearing up for the sequel.

The Overwatch 2 beta is finally set to kick off in late April 2022 after what veteran gamers have been waiting for what seems like a lifetime.

However, a lot of new players are also downloading Overwatch to prepare and this has resulted in a massive increase in the size of the player base.

New players flood Overwatch ahead of the sequel’s beta

Overwatch is the third growing gaming community on reddit today and there are many new players in my matches. Can someone tell me what happened to make the game gain new attention? out of over watch

Blizzard doesn’t share exact player counts with the public, but there are some signs that Overwatch is adding more and more new players.

The first is the game’s subreddit, which ranked in the top 5 growing gaming communities on Reddit for the week of April 11th. This led to a post on the sub asking why, which a new player says was due to Overwatch 2.

But the new gaming hype might not be the whole story. Anyone who’s loaded Overwatch since the start of the Remix Event has probably noticed new bronze borders all over the place.

Recently some Hololive VTubers had a great time streaming Overwatch and introducing the game to a whole new audience as well.

Gawr Gura, Takanashi Kiara and Amelia Watson in the 3D model
YouTube: Takanashi Kiara

Hololive VTubers have given Overwatch its first major streamer boost in years.

All of these factors combine to create an almost perfect storm of new players downloading Overwatch. That’s not to say some of them are returning after years of being absent, but there’s no denying that there are plenty of brand new accounts as well.

So while there’s been a lot of talk and speculation surrounding Overwatch 2, this massive addition shows that there’s a lot of hype surrounding the title. Now we just have to see if it continues after the beta or not.

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Emma Bowman

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