Hearthstone Tops 20 Million Registered Players

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor September 15, 2014
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Just six months after its official launch, Hearthstone already has seen 20 million players pass through the innkeeper's doors. As announced on the game's Twitter account:

That's double what Blizzard announced right around the game's launch in March. Of course, Hearthstone enjoyed a lengthy beta period -- closed in August 2013 and open in January 2014 -- and has since expanded from PC to MacOS, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices.

By comparison, Magic: The Gathering claimed 12 million active players as of November 2011. The numbers aren't directly comparable, since many Hearthstone players would no longer be classified as "active," but the number that are still around after a year are probably still a significant fraction compared to the leader in the CCG field, two decades after its launch.

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Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (18)

Liko 7 years ago
garbage no skill pay to win game

lol@themadppl 7 years ago
LOL at all the filthy casuals.

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Annonymouse 7 years ago
Blizzard trolling us. What we really want to know, is how many of those 20 million registered users logged in the past week? I personally did register for hearthstone, proceeded to play teh tutorial and about 10 minutes of actual gameplay vs. a real person then uninstalled.

Willing to bet the number is somewhere around 0.5%.

You trippin 7 years ago
i lost faith in humanity after these numbers... how can people play such a shit, well people play CoD and league of retards.... guess this is normal after all!

Megaven 7 years ago
I am currently active on both Magic and Hearthstone, and I have a few things to note:

- Sometimes, HS feels more like an easier version o Magic, somewhat like an introductory level. I know this only happens because I am familiar with Magic, but still. For people that are familiar with the big gun, HS may feel a bit underwhelming.

- Although the gameplay has some similarities (I'm aware of their differences) I feel like both games shouldn't be directly compared. Not just by throwing statistics, at least. MTG has a history of paper, or physical, dominance, and that made the company lean towards that aspect. That creates one major difference: It becomes instantly Pay-to-Play, even if you buy just an Intro Pack.

- In recent years, MTG:Online has been reformulated and re-developed in order to appeal to costumers more, that's true, but it also has an entry-fee of (around) 10 bucks. That, along side the fact that the payment methods aren't exactly friendly for minors, sets a person back, knowing that it requires investment in order to have fun and enjoy the game.

- With that said, I feel like the online versions should be compared, yes, but we should try to stay away from the Digital vs Physical version. HS has the advantage of being a free game, that requires zero costs in order to enjoy it (although you can't quite enjoy it fully *cough* Naxxramas) but Magic offers the depth and complexity some players may find lacking in HS.

- In the end, it's all more of a matter of what do you want from the game? Do you prefer a more complex, with a higher learning-curve game? or do you crave for a more bohemic, casual-like version. I do things both games are good in their own way, and both have good and bad aspects.

Absolutely Pay to Win 7 years ago
You can play this game without investing money, yes. But no, you can't participate in certain game modes (ranked /high tier), because decks built from $$$ are infinitely superior.
Ps: Also, even you paying for decks, the chance to have people repeating cards is absurd, it becomes repetitive and tedious so fast.

if only 7 years ago
I like it. It's a fun relaxing game to play while watching tv. I only play one or two games a day to complete the daily quest and arena occasionally if I have the gold.

Hantzie 7 years ago
No, i never liked it... the mechanics are way to simple for me... it's boring and childish.

I'm playing Might & Magic: Duel of Champions. It's more fun for me and rewarding for me.

Dilan 7 years ago
I find the PvE aspect much more rewarding. Honestly, PvP just consists of a bunch of players running almost the exact same decks ( which are made by the high ranking popular players on Twitch, i.e. Reynad and Trump ) over and over. I remember when I still played the game, I played like 10 matches and over half of them were Hunter and out of all the Hunters I played I was seeing identical cards played in an identical fashion. Everyone just plays the crap out of whatever the flavor of the month class/deck is and that makes for a pretty boring experience for everyone who's looking for some variation.

However, the Naxxramus challenges were pretty enjoyable. I only played the 3 F2P Naxxramus challenges though, I didn't buy all the rest. But if they made like, a full fledged, single-player story mode where I don't have to play against real players who just want to spam Zoo decks, and can instead play against challenging AI opponents, along with some lore thrown in, I'd go back to Hearthstone.

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Tech 7 years ago
I sorta lost interest in the game. I thought the raids would bring me back but it was only entertaining for a couple of days when I was on vacation ever since I haven't touched the game.

Hestis 7 years ago
The question is how many people left the game because of incompetent blizzard stuff.
- still no permanent squelch
- still your opponent is not informed that he is muted
- still no chat
- instead of chaining and removing RNg cards they added even more with NAX. The games are won because of a coin flip and not skill
- huge time pay to win
- pathetic balance. warlock still not nerfed. savage roar is still not 4 mana. thoughsteal is still not removed from the game etc.

the game is a joke

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