Blizzard's wildly successful online card game Hearthstone has been popular since its 2014 release, but Blizzard has also hesitated to hand out official stats and numbers more often than not. That changed today, when the company announced that Hearthstone has reached the 70 million players milestone, a massive achievment for the game.
The news comes via the game's Battle.net blog, where it was revealed that in addition to reaching 70 million, the game also recently had its highest number of players playing simultaneously to date, coinciding with the release of its Journey to Un'Goro expansion. You can check out what Blizzard had to say below:
It’s a good thing that there’s always room for one more, because the tavern has now welcomed over 70 Million players! On top of that, with Journey to Un'Goro, Hearthstone had more players playing together on the same day—around the whole world—than at any point in its history! The We’re humbled and grateful that so many players have chosen to join us for some Hearthstone fun. As our way of saying thanks, starting today through the end of May, everyone who logs in will receive three free Journey to Un’Goro card packs. Yup! Everyone! Even new players! Just log in to claim your bonus packs!
As stated, free card packs are up for grabs, surely a strategic move on the part of Blizzard to capitalize further on Hearthstone's record numbers (and, less cynically, an act of goodwill for both newbies and fans). The post concludes by stating that Blizzard looks forward to "many more years" of Hearthstone, so if you had any fears about the game's longevity moving forward, you can put them to rest.