Overwatch 2 breaks record with 25 million players, sets double XP times
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Overwatch 2 breaks record with 25 million players, sets double XP times

More players are playing Overwatch 2 than ever before in the franchise

According to a recent article from BusinessWire, Overwatch 2 has broken its own franchise record with 25 million players in the first 10 days of its release.

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Plus, along with this news, the Overwatch 2 team has set the double XP weekends they promised after server issues around launch. There are three weekends in total, two coming in late October and one coming in late November.

A new record set for Overwatch 2

Overwatch 2 officially launched on Oct. 4, 2022. Despite a lot of server issues to due DDoS attacks and a slightly early launch, the game attracted a lot of players. Fans knew this due to the long queues they had to wait in to get into the game, going as high as 50,000 people. That was concurrent players, but as for the total players who have played Overwatch 2, that number is a lot higher.

In a recent post from BusinessWire, the game has seen over 25 million players join the fray across all consoles and PC. Along with that, the peak number of players for the game has already tripled the previous peak for the original Overwatch.

Double XP weekends confirmed

In an earlier blog post, the Overwatch 2 development team confirmed that players would get some free loot. Specifically, they will get a free Reaper legendary skin and weapon charm simply as an apology for recent server issues. Alongside that, they announced multiple double XP weekends at an undetermined time. Now, we have the confirmed times for these double XP weekends.

  • First weekend: Starting Oct. 21 at 2 PM EST, ending Oct. 24 at 2 PM EST
  • Second weekend: Starting Oct. 28 at 2 PM EST, ending Oct. 31 at 2 PM EST
  • Third weekend: Starting Nov. 24 at 2 PM EST, ending Nov. 28 at 2 PM EST

These are the first official double XP weekends for Overwatch 2. The first two seem are the final two weekends of October, with the second ending on Halloween. As for the third, it’s almost a month after the second.

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Polish-Canadian game enthusiast. I've been entrenched in gaming for as long as I can remember, with my first game being Pokemon Yellow and my most played games being Borderlands 2 and Overwatch. I have a degree in Film Studies, but writing about esports just makes my job all the better.