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.
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.
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.
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 and game developer Zynga may see privacy-related complaints that were filed against them in 2010 and dismissed in 2011 resurface if the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the cases, Bloomberg reported.