Update 04 May, 2017: Hearthstone set a new all-time record last month for daily active users with the release of the new expansion, Journey to Un'Goro. All while Overwatch continues to grow.
Peruse the latest expansion with our Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro card list.
It would seem that speculation surrounding Hearthstone's dwindling player base was somewhat hasty. According to the Activision Blizzard financial report for the first quarter of 2017, Hearthstone continues to grow, with over 70 million registered accounts and a record-breaking number of daily active players chucking virtual cards at each other. In other news, Overwatch continues to be Blizzard's fastest growing new franchise, reaching over 30 million players globally, less than a year after launch. It has also become the 8th billion-dollar franchise in Activision Blizzard's portfolio. Both Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft also saw a large number of returning players, owing to a re-launch of the former and regular content updates for the latter.
Original story 02 May, 2017: Over 70 million people have now enjoyed Blizzard’s card battle game Hearthstone. That’s more than the population of the United Kingdom.
Blizzard made the announcement on the Hearthstone blog, alongside the news that, with the game’s latest expansion Journey to Un’Goro, it recently had more players playing together simultaneously than at any point in its history.
To celebrate, Blizzard are giving away three Journey to Un’Goro card packs entirely free to all players - just log in to Hearthstone any time from today to the end of the month to claim yours.
The news comes just over a month after analysts Superdata suggested Hearthstone's revenues were falling after unpopular "recent gameplay decisions". Though a high player count doesn't necessarily mean a boost in revenue, there's obviously a strong positive correlation between the two. Perhaps Journey to Un'Goro has gone a long way toward arresting Hearthstone's recent slump.
Just last week, we also heard Hearthstone's Wild format - in which all cards are permitted - will get its first official tournament.