Facebook Announces “Top” 2011 Games

Facebook has compiled a list of its most popular games for 2011, as well as lists of other games with notable achievements for the year.

The data was compiled primarily using active user counts and user reviews. Facebook adjusted its methods for counting active users in October, which may have had an impact on the final figures used to compile its lists. Facebook also tells us that, of its monthly gamers, 25% play at least ever other day with the average gamer playing more than three different titles per month.

Here’s the list of Facebook’s top 10 most popular:

Most popular games in 2011

  1. Gardens of Time (By Playdom)
  2. The Sims Social (By EA)
  3. Cityville  (By Zynga)
  4. DoubleDown Casino (by DoubleDown Entertainment)
  5. Indiana Jones Adventure World  (By Zynga)
  6. Words With Friends (By Zynga)
  7. Bingo Blitz (By Buffalo Studios)
  8. Empires & Allies (By Zynga)
  9. Slotomania-Slot Machines (By Playtika)
  10. Diamond Dash (By wooga)

Facebook also broke out special categories for the fashion, sports, and casino genres as well as a category for most popular games with 50,000 to 100,000 users and another for games with highest engagement figures in the 100,000 to 500,000 user category. You can check these out on Facebook’s blog.

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4 Responses to “Facebook Announces “Top” 2011 Games”

  1. Inside Facebook · Facebook Announces “Top” 2011 Games says:

    [...] > This story originally appeared on our sister site, Inside Social Games. [...]

  2. Inside Social Games · Inside Social Games’ Top Ten 2011 Facebook Games by Popularity says:

    [...] during that period. Note that these factors distinguish our list from the top 2011 games rankings published by Facebook, which were compiled using a mix of active user counts and user [...]

  3. SteveoWar says:

    I have to say that this is a BS list. I have seen a large number of media outlets pick this up and each time i am filled with a little anger. in the end, anyone who goes to facebook.com/games can find this list and it changes on a weekly basis. not only that, it doesnt make sense. the rankings are totally random and without logical reason. For instance where is Farmville? last time i checked its still the 3rd most played game on FB. if that’s not an out and out damning of this list then think about this. have a look at Indiana Jones Adventure World. They have less likes, less users, and as far as i can see less engagement then say Slotomania, and yet they rank higher on the list. All i am saying is that this doesnt say anything about the games being played today.

    One more point that i want to make is that if you click on the “Newest” game tab in the same section you find the “Most Recommended Games,” you will find games which are over 2 years old. what this says to me is that FB just picked a handful of games and stuck them up there. So what does this say about the aforementioned “TOP” 2011 Games?

  4. Facebook tries star ratings, home page requests to push users toward games says:

    [...] A game’s average rating appears in hovercards and in sidebar units that recommend new games and encourage players to return to games they’ve tried before. Some users are even seeing a “featured apps” section of the games discovery page that includes ratings. Star ratings seem rather unhelpful in letting a user know whether they’ll actually enjoy a game, but the appearance of stars could make users subconsciously more likely to click over to a new title. Ratings might also be used behind the scenes to affect Facebook’s algorithms, and they could have been a factor in how the company determined its “top” games of 2011. [...]

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