Overwatch hits peak Twitch viewership following launch of Overwatch 2 beta

Long in development Overwatch 2 finally went live with a PvP beta this afternoon. Shortly after launch, the first Overwatch broke its previous record of total Twitch viewership in just a few hours.

In honor of the continuation of the beta, several high profile Twitch streamers such as Lirik, Myth and most notably xQc streamed the first Overwatch. The game peaked at around 450,000 views today, and xQc’s racked up over 150,000 views from Overwatch alone.

Overwatch fans have been dying to see if they’ve been selected for the Overwatch 2 PVP Beta. The only way to access a beta key is to watch partner streamers for a specified amount of time while their Blizzard account is linked to Twitch. Lucky users can only claim a PC beta key until May 17th.

In a tweet from Nathan Grayson of the Washington Post, sources have indicated that Overwatch has suffered from Activision Blizzard’s aggressive calls for a sequel and an esports league. The company’s widespread workplace lawsuits haven’t helped either, and there have been several high-profile exits from the company in recent years.

Overwatch 2 PvP beta screenshots

With over fifty million units sold of the original Overwatch, a lot depends on Blizzard to make a worthy sequel. For years, Overwatch fans have struggled with delayed hero releases, all the way back to Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s original game director, who left the company exactly a year ago.

Christian Angeles is a freelance writer for IGN. Overwatch hits peak Twitch viewership following launch of Overwatch 2 beta

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