Social games news roundup: Google game services, EA, Kabam and more

EA

EA inviting Sim City Social refugees to Plants vs. Zombies Adventures – Last month we reported that game developer and publisher Electronic Arts announced that on June 14 it will retire three of its Facebook games: Sim City Social, The Sims Social and Pet Society. Today we’ve learned that EA is inviting Sim City Social players to play the beta for the highly anticipated Plants vs. Zombies Adventures Facebook game via emails. The game will launch publicly on May 20.

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DreamWorks, PikPok and Verizon promote Turbo with mobile game and $1M in rewards – DreamWorks Animation announced it is promoting its upcoming film Turbo with a mobile game by developer PikPok, which will feature a contest with $1 million in total cash prizes. The Turbo Racing League mobile game is available on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android handsets and tablets, and Windows Phone 8, but players on Verizon, which is presenting the $1 million Shell-Out contest, will have access to unique content. You can read about the contest rules in detail here.

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Former New York Times digital and mobile products manager joins EA’s Board of Directors – Game developer and publisher Electronic Arts has appointed Denise F. Warren to its Board of Directors. Warren is executive vice president of the digital products and services group and former chief advertising officer at The New York Times Company. The announcement comes on the heels of EA’s Q4 2013 earnings report which revealed the company earned $104 million in revenue from mobile, and its increasing focus on mobile and digital products.

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Elephant Mouse launches Star Trek Rivals – Mobile game developer Elephant Mouse announced the launch of a free-to-play card battle game based on the recently released Star Trek Into Darkness feature film. The game will feature more than 100 cards for players to collect, representing characters, starships and technoolgies that appear in the film. The game is avilable to download for free from the iTunes App Store.

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Sonic The Hedgehog debuts on Android – Game developer and publisher Sega announced that the 16-bit Genesis classic Sonic The Hedgehog has launched on Android. The game, which was already available on iOS, is now available to download from the iTunes App Store for $2.99.

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Kabam to implement Google+ Sign-In – Social game developer Kabam announced that it will be the first games company to implement Google+ Sign-In. The new integration will provide users with a simple and secure sign-in process on Kabam.com and the ability to engage users with interactive posts, which allow players to share content and prompt friends to take specific actions in their games.

Corona Labs

Corona Labs announces Dilbert Game Jam — Venture-backed mobile software company Corona Labs has teamed up with the creator of the Dilbert comic strip Venture-backed mobile software company for a mobile game development contest. Developers are invited to create a winning a game with the Corona SDK and Dilbert artwork. The winner will have the opportunity to publish the the game to major app stores. Additional prizes include yearlong subscriptions to Corona SDK Pro, iTunes gift cards and more. The contest runs from May 14 through July 12 with winners to be announced on July 19. You can read more about the Dilbert Game Jam here.

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Google announces game services — During Google’s sixth annual I/O keynote in San Francisco Google’s vice president of Android product management Hugo Barra announced the launch of Google’s equivalent to iOS’ Game Center, Google Play game services. The new feature allows developers to add cloud sync to any game, so users can save their data like player progression and game state across any Android device. Additionally, Google Play game services adds leaderboards and achievements support as well as a new multiplayer feature. Also, game services isn’t limited to Android apps, the service can be integrated into an iOS or web app, allowing cross-platform play.

SlotoQuest: Gambling Adventure on top of this week’s emerging games on Facebook

infeatureSlots game SlotoQuest: Gambling Adventure took the top spot on this week’s top emerging games on Facebook, growing by an estimated 19,901 monthly active users for a 24 percent gain. AppData estimates that this puts the game at 91,210 MAU.

Coming in at the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row is GamePoint’s German word game WortSalat with 19,556 new MAU for a gain of 64 percent. 2Bsocial’s dinosaur-themed Jurassic Farm took the No. 3 spot with 18,903 MAU for a gain of 27 percent. Coming in at the  No. 4 spot is Turkish developer Consala’s Pirate-themed Son Korsan with 18,283 MAU for a 57 percent gain. Finally, closing out this week’s list top emerging games on Facebook is Spanish developer Pot Country’s País do Baseado with 18,120 MAU and a 25 percent gain.

This week also saw significant gains in emerging apps outside the top 5. Starting at the No. 8 spot through the No. 11 spot, Bytro Labs’ Supremacy 1914, Spelpunt’s Spelpunt Bingo, Idea Channel’s CASTLOT and Akamon Entertainment’s Roulette all showed a gain of 97 percent. Lastly, Webkinz Friends from developer Ganz came in at No. 14 spot with a gain of 95 percent.

Name MAU_ESTIMATExxxxx Gainxxxxx Gain,%
1.  SlotoQuest: Gambling Adventurexxxxx 91,210 +19,901 + 28%
2.  WortSalat 50,117 +19,556 + 64%
3.  Jurassic Farm 90,212 +18,903 + 27%
4.  Son Korsan 50,117 +18,283 + 57%
5.  País do Baseado 90,212 +18,120 + 25%
6.  Royal Casino Slots 96,477 +14,981 + 18%
7.  KnobelParty 75,976 +14,854 + 24%
8.  Supremacy 1914 20,047 +9,860 + 97%
9.  Spelpunt Bingo 20,047 +9,860 + 97%
10.  CASTLOT 20,047 +9,860 + 97%
11.  Roulette 20,047 +9,860 + 97%
12.  Ashtaria 30,070 +9,696 + 48%
13.  TheFacemons 30,070 +9,696 + 48%
14.  Webkinz Friends 19,865 +9,678 + 95%
15.  Warzone 40,094 +9,533 + 31%
16.  Crazy Car 50,117 +9,369 + 23%
17.  ILikeBasketball 50,117 +9,369 + 23%
18.  Motorcycle Madness 60,141 +9,206 + 18%
19.  EcoCity 60,141 +9,206 + 18%
20.  Playwright Slots 60,141 +9,206 + 18%

 

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Come back next week for our top weekly gainers by monthly active users on Monday, our daily active users on Wednesday, and the top emerging apps on Friday.

Farm Heroes Saga returns to the top spot among this week’s fastest-growing Facebook games by DAU

infeatureKing’s match-3 game Farm Heroes Saga returns to the top spot among this week’s fastest-growing Facebook games by daily active users, bringing in 377,029 DAU for a 9 percent gain.

Pretty Simple’s Criminal Case once again came in at the No. 2 spot with 364,656 DAU for a 7 percent gain. The No. 3 spot went to Social Point’s Social Empires, which added 183,412 DAU for a 12 percent increase. Plarium’s Stormfall: Age of War came in at the No. 4 spot with 173,132 DAU for a 50 percent gain. Finally, another game by Social Point, Social Wars, came in at the No. 5 spot with 151,455 DAU and a 15 percent gain, bringing it to an estimated total of 913,249 DAU.

One other notable gainer this week is War of Mercenaries, which brought in 70,753 DAU for 102 percent gain.

 

Name DAU_ESTIMATExxxxx Gain Gain,%
1.  Farm Heroes Saga 4,859,143 +377,029xxxxx + 9%
2.  Criminal Case 4,348,350 +364,656 + 7%
3.  Social Empires 1,333,079 +183,412 + 12%
4.  Stormfall: Age of Warxxxxx 283,101 +173,132 + 50%
5.  Social Wars 913,249 +151,455 + 15%
6.  Pengle 1,280,045 +130,626 + 10%
7.  Pool Live Tour 2,245,541 +123,413 + 6%
8.  Candy Crush Saga 15,567,962 +113,943 + 0.77%
9.  CoasterVille 1,880,218 +93,425 + 6%
10.  Buggle 1,255,444 +77,006 + 7%
11.  War of Mercenaries 37,020 +70,753 + 102%
12.  Baseball Heroes 515,565 +65,082 + 13%
13.  Marketland 460,021 +64,843 + 13%
14.  Bubble Safari 1,830,544 +57,509 + 4%
15.  Zynga Slingo 754,279 +56,923 + 8%
16.  Stick Run 543,988 +54,905 + 10%
17.  Wild Ones 315,980 +47,079 + 15%
18.  Happy Family 18,606 +44,859 + 61%
19.  YoVille 125,641 +42,276 + 36%
20.  Cafeland 584,074 +42,140 + 6%

 

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned for our look at the top emerging apps on Friday.

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Tapjoy will offer its advertising platform on Kakao

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Mobile advertising and publishing platform Tapjoy today announced a partnership with South Korea’s largest social mobile platform Kakao, which will allow developers on the Kakao Games platform to monetize with Tapjoy’s advertising and monetization tools.

The Kakao Games platform allows users to play with KakaoTalk users, share game scores, and compete on leaderboards in real-time. Games on the platform now gross more than $40 million per month, the company revealed in a statment.

In March, Tapjoy revealed that approximately 100 million unique viewers who come through its network per month are international, which equates to about 75 percent of its overall unique viewers per month coming from outside the U.S.

The partnership provides Tapjoy the opportunity to deliver premium content within titles on the Kakao Games platform.

KakaoTalk currently has more than 90 million users around the globe, more than 30 million users visiting the platform every day and is South Korea’s practically ubiquitous mobile messaging app. SundayToz was the first developer to get its match-3 puzzler Anipang on KakaoTalk’s game platform. At GDC 2013, SundayToz founder and CEO Kevin Lee told us he spoke with the founder of Kakao, and proposed the idea to turn the messenger app into a game platform, which led to the launch of Anipang for Kakao. Today, Anipang is generating around $500,000 in revenue a day.

Recently, KakaoTalk also demonstrated growth outside of its native South Korea by surpassing the 10 million download mark in Japan on March 24.

Rovio announces Rovio Stars Publishing Initiative

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Finnish mobile game developer and creator of Angry Birds Rovio Entertainment announced the launch of its third-party mobile game publishing initiative, Rovio Stars.

Icerbreaker: A Viking Voyage by developer Nitrome will be the first game published under the Rovio Stars Program, followed by Spanish developer 5 Ants’ stealth puzzle game, Tiny Thief.

Many mobile game developers like Pocket Gems, Zynga, and Kabam have launched their own third-party publishing programs recently, and we’ve heard rumors Rovio would launch a similar program for a while. In January, PocketGamer.biz all but confirmed the program’s existance when it reported that 5 Ants had been signed with Rovio but at the time we weren’t certian that this was not a talent acquisition.

“Rovio Entertainment has positioned itself as one of the powerhouses of mobile entertainment, so moving into publishing is a logical step for us at this point”, Rovio’s executive vice president of games Jami Laes said in a statment. “We want to help our fans find quality entertainment among the more than 100,000 games available in app stores. That’s where Rovio Stars comes in.”

Games that leverage Rovio’s Angry Birds brand are immensely successful, with titles showing up at the top of our weekly charts regularly, but the developer’s more recent titles based on new IP have struggled. Amazing Alex, Rovio’s first new IP after Angry Birds, is currently the No. 258 top paid app in the games genre according to traffic tracking service AppData. The Croods, based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture, is currently the No. 247 top grossing app in the games genre.

Rovio said that Icerbreaker: A Viking Voyage is “coming soon” to iOS. Check back in with Inside Social Games for our full review.

Pearl’s Peril is Wooga’s fastest-growing game to date

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German social and mobile game developer Wooga today revealed that its latest hidden object game Pearl’s Peril is its fastest growing game to date.

Pearl’s Peril reached one million daily active users (DAU) in 24 days. Diamond Dash, a simple arcade-style game reminiscent of the older casual game Collapse and Wooga’s biggest hit, reached one million DAU 47 days after it was released on Match 16, 2011.

Wooga says that Pearl’s Peril continues to grow steadily. This is also evident in our weekly roundup of the fastest-growing Facebook games by MAU, which this week showed that the game added 305,741 MAU and a 6 percent gain for an estimated total of 5.4 million MAU.

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Criminal Case takes the top spot for second week in a row in fastest-growing Facebook games by MAU

infeaturePretty Simple’s Criminal Case is this week’s fastest-growing Facebook game by monthly active user, bringing in 3.8 million monthly active users (MAU) for a 21 percent gain.

Last week’s fastest-growing Facebook game, King’s new match-3 game Farm Heroes Saga, dropped to the No. 2 spot with 3.2 million MAU, up 21 percent. King also took the No. 3 spot  with its Pyramid Solitaire Saga, which brought in 1.2 milion MAU for an 18 percent gain, amounting to an estimated total of 8.5 million MAU. Playtika’s Slotomania Adventures came in at the No. 4 spot with 923,851 MAU, up 475 percent. Finally, RoyalCactus‘ Jelly Glutton closes out our top five fastest growing Facebook games by MAU with 757,677 new players for a 49 percent gain.

The only other notable gainer this week outside the top five was Plarium’s Stormfall: Age of War, with 412,398 MAU for a 23 percent gain.

 

Name MAU_ESTIMATExxxxxx Gain Gain,%
1.  Criminal Case 23,735,674 +3,845,001xxxxxx + 19%
2.  Farm Heroes Saga 18,581,823 +3,262,100 + 21%
3.  Pyramid Solitaire Saga 8,515,610 +1,294,278 + 18%
4.  Slotomania Adventures 1,118,468 +923,851 + 475%
5.  Jelly Glutton 2,294,130 +757,677 + 49%
6.  Pool Live Tour 12,252,310 +671,291 + 6%
7.  Angry Birds Friends 11,127,487 +634,789 + 6%
8.  8 Ball Pool 12,036,242 +544,849 + 5%
9.  Marvel: Avengers Alliancexxxxxx 5,255,529 +524,533 + 11%
10.  Texas HoldEm Poker 26,886,556 +427,544 + 2%
11.  Stormfall: Age of War 2,236,936 +412,398 + 23%
12.  Monster World 5,827,473 +360,259 + 7%
13.  Bubble Island 8,426,641 +328,250 + 4%
14.  FarmVille 10,256,861 +308,324 + 3%
15.  Pearl’s Peril 5,408,047 +305,741 + 6%
16.  CoasterVille 12,976,773 +301,031 + 2%
17.  Bejeweled Blitz 9,875,565 +298,338 + 3%
18.  Social Empires 9,100,263 +297,664 + 3%
19.  Bubble Land 2,630,942 +275,047 + 12%
20.  Jewel Epic 2,643,652 +268,551 + 11%

 

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataCome back for our look at the fastest-growing Facebook games by daily active users on Wednesday and top emerging apps on Friday. You can learn more about Facebook’s new ranking system here.

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Zynga releases Running With Friends

running with friendsSocial games developer and publisher Zynga today announced the release of its seventh game under the “With Friends” brand, an endless runner titled Running With Friends. The game should be available to download for free from the Apple App Store starting tonight and tomorrow morning.

Set in a cartoon-style re-imagining of Pamplona, Spain, the game puts players into the town’s famous Running of the Bulls Festival. Gameplay is very similar to Temple Run, Vector, Subway Surfers, and other games in the endless runner genre. It’s particular similar to the latter in that the device is oriented vertically, with the camera behind the character, allowing the player to swipe and tap in order to dodge obstacles across three lanes.

While it may be similar to other endless runners, Running With Friends is also adding several new features to the formula to keep it fresh. The social element of games has always been Zynga’s primary concern and Running With Friends is no different, allowing users to do as the title suggests and play with their friends asynchronously. The level for each round of the game is randomly generated, but players who compete with friends will compete over the same randomly generated level. The player who gets the highest score by running farther and collecting more stars, wins.

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Angry Birds Friends takes the top spot among this week’s fastest-growing Facebook games by DAU

infeatureRovio’s Angry Birds Friends takes the top spot among this week’s fastest-growing Facebook games by daily active users, bringing in 467,893 DAU for a 36 percent gain. The game, which was originally conceived as the more social, Facebook version of the original title for iOS, now returns to mobile devices with the added features.

Pretty Simple’s Criminal Case came in at the No. 2 spot with 386,021 DAU for an 8 percent gain. The No. 3 spot went to Social Point’s Dragon City, which added 267,525 DAU for a 5 percent increase. Playdom’s Marvel: Avenger’s Alliance seems to be enjoying the increased publicity around the Iron Man 3 feature film, returning to the No. 4 spot after a long hiatus from the top 5. Finally, King’s match-3 game Farm Heroes Saga is slowing down from it’s massive debut, coming in at the No. 5 spot with 101,415 DAU for 2 percent increase, bringing it to an estimated total of 4.2 million DAU.

One other notable gainer this week is U4iA’s multiplayer first person shooter Offensive Combat, with 30,364 DAU for a gain of 56 percent. You can read our recent review of the game here.

 

Name DAU_ESTIMATExxxxx Gain Gain,%
1.  Angry Birds Friends 1,779,682 +467,893xxxxxxxx + 36%
2.  Criminal Case 5,378,789 +386,021 + 8%
3.  Dragon City 5,699,375 +267,525 + 5%
4.  Marvel: Avengers Alliancexxxxx 1,278,870 +125,071 + 11%
5.  Farm Heroes Saga 4,257,860 +101,415 + 2%
6.  Ninja Saga 394,177 +97,376 + 33%
7.  Cafeland 713,947 +79,518 + 13%
8.  Car Town 628,231 +57,139 + 10%
9.  ไพ่เท็กซัส 432,971 +46,724 + 12%
10.  Stick Run 552,843 +42,818 + 8%
11.  Social Empires 1,480,940 +40,791 + 3%
12.  Marketland 505,043 +37,480 + 8%
13.  Offensive Combat 81,770 +30,364 + 59%
14.  FarmVille 1,714,116 +28,956 + 2%
15.  Social Wars 1,018,233 +24,380 + 2%
16.  Lucky Slots 729,919 +23,986 + 3%
17.  Jewel Journey 179,350 +23,255 + 15%
18.  TrainStation 170,284 +19,238 + 12%
19.  Words of Wonder 292,357 +18,135 + 7%
20.  德州撲克(中文版) 234,016 +15,310 + 7%

 

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned for our look at the top emerging apps on Friday.

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Farm Heroes Saga takes the top spot for second week in a row in fastest-growing Facebook games by MAU

infeatureKing’s Farm Heroes Saga is once again this week’s fastest-growing Facebook game by monthly active user, bringing in 3.6 million monthly active users (MAU) for a 31 percent gain.

Pretty Simple’s Criminal case retook the No. 2 spot after dropping to the No. 3 spot last week, up 9 percent with 1.5 million MAU. RoyalCactus’ Jelly Glutton  jumped up from the No. 8 spot to the No. 3 spot  with 371,038 MAU for a 32 percent gain, amounting to an estimated total of 1.5 million MAU. DoubleDown Casino Slots & Poker came in at the No. 4 spot with 299,095 MAU, up 5 percent. Finally, Qublix’s Solitaire Tales closes out our top five fastest growing Facebook games by MAU with 268,934 new players for a 23 percent gain.

There were no other notable gainers on this week’s list of fastest-growing Facebook games by MAU, without a single game gaining 50 percent or more.

 

 

Name MAU_ESTIMATExxxxx Gain Gain,%
1.  Farm Heroes Saga 15,319,723 +3,633,012xxxxx + 31%
2.  Criminal Case 19,890,673 +1,595,599 + 9%
3.  Jelly Glutton 1,536,453 +371,038 + 32%
4.  DoubleDown Casino Slots & Pokerxxxxx 6,152,216 +299,095 + 5%
5.  Solitaire Tales 1,414,817 +268,934 + 23%
6.  FarmVille 9,948,537 +208,526 + 2%
7.  Jewel Epic 2,375,101 +187,505 + 9%
8.  Bingo Bash 3,284,169 +185,075 + 6%
9.  Pool Plus 750,941 +178,651 + 31%
10.  Words of Wonder 2,842,439 +173,051 + 6%
11.  Social Empires 8,802,599 +169,408 + 2%
12.  Slotomania 5,448,008 +148,297 + 3%
13.  Cafeland 3,866,741 +136,109 + 4%
14.  Dessert Shop 2,579,961 +131,937 + 5%
15.  Bubble Saga 6,741,190 +126,317 + 2%
16.  المزرعة السعيدة 7,650,258 +123,886 + 2%
17.  Race Track Rivals 782,952 +119,512 + 18%
18.  Offensive Combat 777,584 +119,184 + 16%
19.  Cristiano Ronaldo Footy 601,137 +118,694 + 25%
20.  Hoop De Loop Saga 5,351,980 +117,376 + 2%

 

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataCome back for our look at the fastest-growing Facebook games by daily active users on Wednesday and top emerging apps on Friday. You can learn more about Facebook’s new ranking system here.

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