Overwatch has over 15 million players

Even more impressive, Activision set a record quarter with over 491 million active monthly users.

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Activision Blizzard disclosed earnings for its second quarter of the 2017 fiscal year, ending on June 30 (via GameSpot). The conglomerate set a record quarter with $1.57 billion in GAAP net revenue, a 50 percent increase over the same period in 2015. Most of those earnings came from digital sales: $1.14 billion, to be exact.

In total, Activision Blizzard hosted 491 million active monthly users during the quarter, and 33 million of them played Blizzard products. Overwatch has exceeded a player base of over 15 million, a figure likely to grow as Blizzard prepares for the inaugural Overwatch World Cup beginning next month and culminating at BlizzCon in November.

Hearthstone had a record quarter as well, and World of WarCraft saw a decent spike in traffic compare to this time last year.

Activision claimed another 409 million users due to its acquisition of King, the studio responsible for Candy Crush.

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