Team Xbox Recaps E3 by the Numbers

By Kelly Packard, 6 months ago
After watching the Microsoft E3 conference, did you wonder how many gamers hopped online and designed their dream controller? Or perhaps, at the back of your mind, question how well received the Halo Wars 2 beta was? And did anyone really need further confirmation of how insanely popular Minecraft is? Even if we didn't, Microsoft has the answers to these burning questions and more.

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  • The Xbox E3 2016 Briefing was viewed over 6.6M times, an increase of 78% over last year and our most viewed live event to date.
  • During the week of E3, videos shared on the Xbox YouTube channel were viewed over 27M times, a massive increase of 184% over E3 2015.
  • Xbox received hundreds of E3 award nominations and wins from global outlets including IGN, Game Informer, Toronto Sun, USA Today, Atomix and Polygon.
  • In excess of 340,000 unique, customized controllers were created and saved in the all-new Xbox Design Lab.
  • The “Friendly Update” for Minecraft that delivered Minecraft Realms to mobile and Windows 10 devices, has seen over 4M people play together across Minecraft: Pocket Edition and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition via Xbox Live.
  • Over 4M friendships were forged and 90M hours of multiplayer were played on Xbox Live during the week of E3 – that’s more friends than the whole population of Panama and over 10,000 years of consecutive gaming.
  • The response to the Halo Wars 2 Beta exceeded expectations with over 1M matches played, totaling more than 2M gameplay hours. The data and feedback gathered will play a crucial role in the development of the game, ensuring Halo Wars 2 is the RTS for everyone when it launches on Feb. 21, 2017.
  • In excess of 2M fans engaged with the newly launched Xbox Snapchat channel, checking out exclusive updates from the show floor and behind-the-scenes demos.
  • On Twitter, #XboxE3 was tweeted over 400K times throughout the course of E3, trended as the #1 topic worldwide for over an hour and a half, and was the most tweeted of any Xbox hashtag.
In a blog post Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Xbox, called E3 2016 "one of the best and most memorable in our history."

If you missed E3 2016, it's not too late to catch up over at our E3 hub. Well over 100 articles were posted during E3 week with dozens of new games announced, so there's sure to be something to look forward to in the coming year. As for the future of Xbox, Nichols says "E3 was just the beginning."
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
College student, longtime gamer, writer and Sour Patch Watermelon enthusiast.