The Top 25 Facebook games of April 2013

top25featureIt’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook games for April 2013.

Starting this month, Inside Social Games will report on the top 25 Facebook games using AppData’s estimated monthly active users (MAU_E) and estimated daily active users (DAU_E). MAU_E and DAU_E are estimated MAU and DAU values based on current performance data from Facebook and our six-year-old database of historical Facebook application metrics. By analyzing trends in our database of almost 400 million measurements of how MAU and DAU function and move over time, our data scientists have been able to develop algorithms for estimating MAU and DAU values for Facebook applications.

Both of April’s lists saw King, which recently rebranded from King.com, continue to hold the top spots, though Zynga is still close behind and with more titles in the top 25 lists overall.

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The Top 25 Facebook games of February 2013

top25featureJust in time for the end of the week, it’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook games for February 2013.

With the recent changes to Facebook’s reporting, we’ve had to modify how the Top 25 charts looks. Starting next month, we’ll be able to look back at the previous month and begin incorporating data like chart position changes and tier changes. Aside from the basic ranks listed in each of these charts is another set of rankings referencing the position a game holds amongst all of Facebook’s apps. We’ve also noted which tier of user traffic each of these games sits in, as the monthly active user list includes titles from two different tiers.

Both of February’s lists saw some notable changes, including Zynga being knocked out of the top position of the daily active users charts and new titles appearing on both lists. (more…)

The Top 25 Facebook games of January 2013

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook Games of January 2013. Both of our lists saw some dramatic movement, a change of pace after December’s list.

For the fourth month in a row, FarmVille 2 is on top of both charts. That said, January marks the first time in recent memory Zynga’s been forced to share the No. 1 spot on one of these lists with a different developer: King.com.

Looking at monthly active users (which measures a game’s overall reach on the social network), FarmVille 2 is still clinging to the No. 1 position with 43.5 million MAU. However, the game also had the second-largest loss of the month, falling 5.7 million MAU. The largest loss went to Ruby Blast Adventures (which was the largest gainer last month), which was down by 9.6 million MAU. CityVille 2 saw the third-largest loss, down by 9.1 million MAU.

As is often the case, Zynga also had the most dramatic growth by MAU with its newly-launched Bubble Safari Ocean, which was up 19.1 million MAU. King.com had the game with the second-largest traffic increase, courtesy of Candy Crush Saga and the 4.5 million MAU it brought in. Social Point’s Dragon City had the third-highest gain due to Dragon City bringing in 2.2 million MAU.

Zynga’s FarmVille 2 and King.com’s Candy Crush Saga are tied for first place on the top 25 games by daily active users (which best measures a game’s core audience), both with a total of 8.1 million DAU. FarmVille 2 is actually down by 400,000 DAU since last month, while Candy Crush Saga is up by 1.7 million DAU.

Zynga had the most dramatic traffic drops over last month. In fact, the biggest loss from last month doesn’t even appear on the current list. Zynga’s CityVille 2 actually debuted on the Top 25 list last month but has seen a staggering loss of traffic since the beginning of December to the tune of 3.2 million DAU; its current audience of 660,000 DAU makes it the No. 43 game on Facebook. ChefVille had the second-largest loss of 800,000 DAU, while FarmVille fell by 600,000 DAU.

Bubble Safari Ocean had the largest gain with 3.9 million DAU. Candy Crush Saga had the second-largest gain with 1.7 million DAU. King.com’s Pet Rescue Saga had the third-largest increase with 1 million DAU.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataCome back next week for the beginning of January’s Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at the continued performance of games that appeared on the top 25 DAU list.

The Top 25 Facebook Games of December 2012

Just in time for Inside Social Apps New York, it’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook games of December. While not as busy as November, the past month saw a fair amount of activity with several titles seeing dramatic traffic and position changes.

For the third month in a row, Zynga’s FarmVille 2 is the No. 1 Facebook game both in terms of monthly active users (which measures the overall reach a game has on the social network) and daily active users (the best gauge of a title’s core audience).

Even though FarmVille 2 took the top spot on both lists, it also saw the biggest traffic loss over the past month, dropping by 15.1 million MAU to 49.2 million. Actually, Zynga had the most dramatic losses on the MAU list: The Ville had the second largest loss, down by 5.8 million; this isn’t exactly surprising, though, based on how the game’s traffic has been dropping like a rock since mid-August. After that, Zynga Slingo was down by 4.2 million MAU.

Zynga probably isn’t too broken up about the traffic losses, though, since CityVille 2 was by far the biggest gainer, up by 24.6 million MAU. After that, Ruby Blast Adventures (formerly known as Ruby Blast) snagged 10.3 million MAU. The third-highest gain went to King.com’s Candy Crush Saga, which brought in 3.4 million MAU.

FarmVille 2 also saw a loss in traffic in terms of DAU, though this time it wasn’t nearly as dramatic. The game only fell by 200,000 DAU, meaning it still has a total of 8.5 million. The biggest traffic drop for the month, though, went to FreshPlanet’s SongPop, which fell by 700,000 DAU. Following that, both Zynga’s CityVille and Bubble Safari were down by 600,000 DAU.

The largest gain, unsurprisingly, went to CityVille 2 with 3.79 million DAU. That said, King.com cleaned up this month between Pet Rescue Saga and Candy Crush Saga. Pet Rescue Saga —which launched in late October — is already up to 1.7 million DAU, a gain of 1.696 million. Candy Crush Saga, meanwhile, saw an increase of 1.6 million DAU to 6.4 million.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataCome back next week for the beginning of December’s Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at the continued performance of games that appeared on the top 25 DAU list.

The Top 25 Facebook Games of November 2012

Now that we’ve all recovered from Halloween, it’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook games of November. October was a busy month for social games, with several titles seeing some major gains and losses, several of these changes being some of the most dramatic we’ve seen over the past year.

Once again, FarmVille 2 is the big winner with both monthly active users (the best way to gauge a game’s overall reach on Facebook) and daily active users (the best measurement of a game’s core audience). (more…)

Bejeweled Blitz and The Ville are this week’s gainer and loser among the Top 25 Facebook games of October 2012

We’re halfway through October, which means it’s time to re-visit the gainers and losers of Top 25 Facebook games of October.

This is still the bottom half of the list, so there’s often a lot of movement here even when traffic changes aren’t all that dramatic. Case in point: This week, five of the six games we’re looking at are tied for their positions.

Looking at the traffic performance of these titles, we’re going to predict how their positions will change come next month.

Here’s what we’ve looked at so far:

This week, we’re looking at No. 18 through No. 13. (more…)

The Top 25 Facebook Games of October 2012

Today’s Oct. 1, which means it’s time to once again check out the Top 25 Facebook games. September is often a slow month for social games, due to the fact that it’s the end of vacation season for many families before schools start up again and colleges on the quarter system tend not to begin until the latter half of the month.

Over half of the traffic changes on both lists showed either no movement or a general decrease in traffic. Likewise, only one new game managed to debut on the Top 25 lists this time: FarmVille 2.

We’ll start by looking at the Top 25 by monthly active users — the best way to judge a game’s overall reach on Facebook. Nine of the games here saw positive traffic changes, the largest gain going to Zynga Slingo with 35.4 million MAU. ChefVille took the top spot on the list with 23.2 million MAU, though it only managed to snag the No. 1 position with 100,000 MAU more than Zynga Slingo. FarmVille 2 debuted on the list with the third-largest growth of the month, taking the No. 10 spot with 18 million MAU.

Zynga also saw the largest traffic loss with The Ville. Last month, that game had 49.3 million MAU but it’s now sitting at the 24 million mark. That means the game lost over half its traffic in just one month. After that, Electronic Arts’ SimCity Social (which launched the same week as The Ville) had the second-largest loss, dropping by 5.6 million MAU.

Only three games saw traffic gains in terms of daily active users, which is the best way to judge a title’s core audience. Zynga’s FarmVille 2 had the largest increase, making its inaugural appearance with 6.5 million  DAU and taking the No. 2 spot on the list. Social Point’s Dragon City had the next highest gain with 500,000 DAU, while Nordeus’s long-lasting soccer sim Top Eleven took in 100,000 DAU.

Four games saw no traffic change whatsoever: King.com’s Candy Crush Saga, wooga’s Diamond Dash, Zynga Slingo (despite its change in terms of MAU) and Geewa’s Pool Live Tour.

In terms of traffic losses, Zynga took the largest lumps. ChefVille saw the most significant change, falling by 2.2 million DAU. The Ville lost just under half of its traffic from last month, losing 2 million DAU and tumbling to the No. 15 spot on the list. Finally, Bubble Safari fell by 1.3 million DAU.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned later this week for the beginning of October’s Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at the continued performance of games that appeared on the top 25 DAU list.

The Top 25 Facebook games of September 2012

Now that we’re safely back from the Penny Arcade Expo, it’s time to look at the Top 25 Facebook Games list for September. August is often a popular vacation month in the United States, especially with most schools (including colleges) beginning their academic calendars either the week before or after Labor Day.

As a result, it’s not surprising to see at least half of the titles on the lists showing traffic decreases over the past month.

We’ll start by looking at the list of top 25 games by daily active users — the best way to judge a game’s core audience. Only seven of the games saw gains, and two others showed no change. The largest gain went to Zynga’s newest title ChefVille, which showed up late in August this month and is already at 7.2 million DAU. After that, FreshPlanet’s SongPop grew by 1.1 million DAU to 4.2 million. Social Point’s Dragon City continues its steady growth with 400,000 DAU, showing the third-largest traffic increase of the month.

Zynga’s The Ville, which had the largest gain for August with 7.3 million DAU, was the biggest loser this time around, dropping 3.2 million DAU in just a month. EA’s SimCity Social, which debuted on the list with 1.39 million DAU in August, has actually dropped off the list.

Now we turn to look at monthly active users, which measures a game’s overall reach on the social network. The Ville was  actually in the top spot with 12.7 million MAU, but the largest gain belonged to ChefVille with 25.5 million MAU. SongPop continues to grow steadily, up by 5.5 million MAU.

Much like last month, Zynga’s CityVille suffered the largest loss by dropping 2.1 million MAU, dropping down to the No. 5 spot with a total of 19.7 million. The second-largest traffic drop belonged to EA’s The Sims Social, which fell by 1.3 million MAU.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned later this week for the beginning of September’s Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at the continued performance of games that appeared on the top 25 DAU list.

The Top 25 Facebook games of August 2012

Despite it being a popular vacation month July proved surprisingly active based on our Top 25 Facebook Games list.

Both lists saw a number of debuts and at almost half of the titles that appeared showed increased traffic over the last month.

We’ll start by looking at the list of top 25 games by daily active users — the best way to judge a game’s core audience. 11 of the games saw gains, with four more showing no change. The largest gain went to Zynga’s newest title The Ville, which debuted this month and is already at 7.3 million DAU. Social Point’s Dragon City has been seeing steady gains over the past few weeks, and it had the second-largest traffic increase of the month with 1.42 million DAU. EA’s SimCity Social was close behind with a 1.39 million DAU gain.

Zynga’s CityVille and Hidden Chronicles are still the biggest losers on the list. CityVille was down by 700,000 DAU, while Hidden Chronicles dropped 500,000.

Now we turn to look at monthly active users, which measures a game’s overall reach on the social network. Again, The Ville was the big winner with its 36.6 million MAU increase. Bubble Safari, which had the largest gain for July’s Top 25 list with 28.6 million MAU, was only up by 500,000 this month. FreshPlanet’s SongPop had the second-largest gain with 11.23 million MAU, and EA’s SimCity Social followed close behind with 11.13 million MAU.

Again, Zynga’s CityVille suffered the largest loss by dropping 6.8 million MAU (though its total score of 21.8 million still has the game in the No. 4 spot). FarmVille had the second-largest decline, losing 4.3 million MAU.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppDataStay tuned next week for the beginning of August’s Top 25 gainers and losers, when we look at the continued performance of games that appeared on the top 25 DAU list.

Texas Holdem Poker and Bubble Safari are this week’s gainer and loser among July’s top Facebook games

It’s the end of the month and that means we are now covering the highest levels of the Top 25 Facebook games of July. Movement in this part of the list is often slow, as the games mentioned often have such large numbers of Daily Active Users that it takes a truly significant traffic change to cause an adjustment in their standing. Here’s what we’ve looked at so far:

  • July 12, 2012: No. 25 (Pyramid Solitaire Saga) through No. 20 (SongPop)
  • July 19, 2012: No. 19 (Angry Birds Friends) through No. 13 (The Sims Social)
  • July 26, 2012: No 12 (Bejeweled Blitz) through No. 7 (CastleVille)

This week, we’ll look at No. 6 through No. 1.

6. FarmVille

Zynga’s FarmVille is continuing to fall, down from 3.9 million DAU at the beginning of the month to 3.3 million. That’s more than last month, which saw the game only dropping by 200,000 DAU, and FramVille’s dwindling traffic once again highlights how much of a difference two years can make: in March 2010, the game had 30 million DAU to its name. Zynga’s recent revelation that it’s working on FarmVille 2, a 3D sequel, doesn’t seem to be bolstering user interest any more. FarmVille isn’t likely to fall off our list any time soon, but between the ever-shrinking user base and other titles noticeably-increasing traffic the game could wind up close to falling out of the top ten games on August’s list.

5. CityVille

CityVille also shows significant losses, going from 4 million DAU to 3.2 million. That’s a slightly smaller drop than last month (which saw the game lose 1 million users), but not by much. CityVille launched in December 2010 and peaked in March 2011 with 21.5 million DAU, but it’s been gradually losing steam since then. The traffic loss has been accelerating lately: In January, CityVille still had 9.8 million DAU. Part of these shrinking numbers is likely due to EA launching SimCity Social late last month and snapping up city-builder fans looking for something new to play. Unless there’s a last minute surge in traffic, CityVille will probably appear beneath FarmVille on tomorrow’s list.

4. Bubble Witch Saga

King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga shrank from 4.8 million DAU to 4.1 million this month. Bubble Witch Saga is the most popular of King.com’s “Saga” titles, all of which have appeared on our Top 25 Facebook games lists at one point or another over the past year. Although off from its April peak of 6.7 million DAU, the game may start to see some noticeable gains next month due to last week’s launch  of a synchronous cross-platform version on iOS. As it is, though, the game will likely stay in the top four or five games on August’s Top 25 list.

3. Words With Friends

Zynga’s Words With Friends is still falling, down from 6.4 million DAU to 5.9 million. The game’s been popular between mobile and web users, peaking in March with 8.9 million DAU, but the game’s population has been shrinking since then. In June, Words With Friends saw a jump in traffic and reached as high as 6.9 million DAU before returning to its starting point of 6.4 million. Although a traffic loss of 500,000 DAU is significant, Words With Friends will likely stay in the top five games next month.

2. Bubble Safari

Zynga’s Bubble Safari is already starting to lose traffic. The game launched in May and peaked in June with 7.4 million DAU. It began July with 6.7 million DAU and is now down to 5.7 million. May and June both saw Bubble Safari repeatedly popping up on our lists of fastest-growing Facebook games, both by DAU and MAU, but the gains stopped coming in the middle of the second month. Since then, traffic’s fallen off a bit and it’s now neck-and-neck with Words With Friends. At the moment, it looks like Bubble Safari could wind up in either the No. 3 or No. 4 spots, depending how it compares with Words With Friends tomorrow.

1. Texas HoldEm Poker

Zynga’s Texas HoldEm Poker is continuing to prove slow-but-steady can win the race, even on Facebook. The game launched in July 2007, and its traffic’s continued to gradually increase ever since. July saw the game hit a new peak of 7.6 million DAU, though it’s since fallen to 7.2 million (the previous peak level it achieved in May). Still, Texas HoldEm Poker doesn’t look like it’ll give up the top position on August’s Top 25 chart, even with newcomer The Ville showing some massive gains this month.

All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Come back tomorrow for August’s Top 25 Facebook games.

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