King.com leads the pack when it comes to the top Facebook developers. According to AppData, the social gaming company had an average of 93.5 million daily active users, giving it more than 23 percent of the market in March. Microsoft had about 26.6 million DAUs in the same time frame, with nearly 7 percent of the market. It was followed by Zynga (18.2 million DAUs), Spotify (12.4 million), and Supercell (11.3 million).
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.
Projects on Kickstarter often promise certain perks to donors, and Eric Calisto, creator of party game Terribands, guaranteed to refund all pledges, under one condition: Facebook must acquire his game for $2 billion.
King.com‘s Candy Crush Saga has enjoyed a consistent spot as the top-grossing application on iOS since March 2013. However, the game’s reign seems to have ended. Supercell‘s Clash of Clans has been the top-grossing app on iOS since February. In the past week, Clash of Clans has raked in more than $7 million in revenue, according to AppData. Candy Crush Saga earned about $6.1 million in the same time period.
Zynga’s acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year signals a change in focus for the company. U.K.-based mobile gaming company NaturalMotion is best known for mobile games CSR Racing and Clumsy Ninja.
King.com broke 300 million month active users on Facebook Wednesday, according to AppData. That puts the newly public company at more than triple the MAUs of Zynga on the same platform. So far, King.com’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange has been rocky: Shares closed trading Wednesday at $19 each, more than 15 percent lower than the offering price.
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.
Facebook announced at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco that an average of 375 million people play Facebook-connected games each month, and that the social network’s Web and mobile applications send a daily average of 735 million referrals to games.
The social gaming space is dominated by King.com and Zynga. As we recently discussed, King.com’s games alone take up one-quarter of the Facebook application market. However, Barcelona, Spain-based Social Point has been growing steadily, and its numbers are nothing to sneeze at.
Facebook Weekly Highlights features photos and videos posted to the social network by celebrities and athletes. This week’s edition featured this photo of National Football League free agents Chicago Bears Defensive Tackle Henry Melton, Minnesota Vikings Defensive End Jared Allen, and Green Bay Packers Tight End Jermichael Finley.