FarmVille 2, Zynga’s biggest game, has lost nearly 4 million daily active users (DAUs) in the past year. Meanwhile, Candy Crush has gained 35 million DAUs.
This week brought news that social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a series-B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
Zynga is introducing some of its most popular games to iOS and Android in a few select markets before officially launching them at the end of June. The social gaming developer is playing catch up with competitor King.com, which got into the mobile space sooner.
Facebook games may be fun, but they’re also serious business, with users of the social network spending 927 million total hours each month engaging with them.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII — a topic already hugely popular on Facebook. The 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are the most-talked-about team on the social network by far. However, the two fan bases have a few things in common on Facebook.
Game developer Zynga shared some fascinating facts about its FarmVille 2 offering in the infographic below, adding that by the time readers finish this post, about 200,000 crops will have been planted.
2012 was a big year for games on Facebook, as hits such as Angry Birds, SongPop, and Dragon City were played by millions of users all over the world. Rebel Entertainment (makers of Dungeon Rampage) put together an infographic showing how social games left their mark last year.
After capturing the attention of Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, SongPop from FreshPlanet also captured the top spot on Facebook’s list of the 25 top-rated social games of 2012.