DataPoint: Candy Crush Saga Continues to Grow – But Will It Sustain?

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When King Digital Entertainment, the makers of the hugely-popular Candy Crush Saga, filed for an IPO last month, there was no shortage of speculation about the company’s sustainability. Even though the game maker racked up $1.88 billion in revenue last year (largely relying on Candy Crush Saga), there were some worrying signs already. Besides the troubling performances of other social-gaming companies like Zynga, King saw its revenue decline by about $20,000 between Q3 and Q4 of last year, while its profits declined by over $70,500 in the same time period.

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EA, PopCap’s Hidden Agenda comes to a close October 22

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PopCap owner and game publisher Electronic Arts has quietly revealed that PopCap’s Facebook hidden object game Hidden Agenda (our review) will be retired from the service on October 22. This move comes after a slow start by Hidden Agenda, which peaked at 1.8 million users in late March, according to our app-tracking service AppData.

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AppData Analytics Service Introduces iOS Revenue Estimates

AppData-Logo-for-Blogs-1111Application analytics provider AppData announced the launch of its proprietary iOS application and developer revenue estimates. Metrics are provided by week, month, and year-to-date for the top grossing applications and developers on iOS.

App revenue is attributed to either app purchase price or in-app purchases for each application. Developer revenue is shown in context with the overall number of apps and app titles the developer has published.

Social game developers and investors will now be able to gain insight into the financial success of competing applications and studios in their market with these estimates, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.

This new feature is available as part of a subscription to AppData for Mobile Apps, AppData Pro, or AppData Custom. Learn more on the AppData site.

 

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.

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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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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Slots of Plunder on top of this week’s emerging games on Facebook

infeatureRuby Seven Studios’ slots game Slots of Plunder took the top spot on this week’s top emerging games on Facebook, growing by an estimated 20,107 monthly active users for a 48 percent gain. AppData estimates that this puts the game at 61,871 MAU.

Coming in at the No. 2 spot is another slots game, Fupa Games Inc’s Royal Casino Slots with 20,060 new MAU for a gain of 48 percent. Last week’s top emerging Facebook game, Ganymede’s puzzler Last Temple, took the No. 3 spot with 19,800 MAU for a gain of 27 percent. Coming in at the  No. 4 spot for the second week in a row is Boundless’ card game جواكر (“Jawaker”) with 11,068 MAU for a 18 percent gain. Finally, closing out this week’s list top emerging games on Facebook is Idea Channel Ltd’s CASTLOT with 10,200 MAU and a 98 percent gain.

CASTLOT was also the only game with a gain greater than 50 percent, meaning there were no other notable gainers on this week’s list of top emerging games on Facebook.

 

 

Name MAU_ESTIMATExxxxxx Gain Gain,%
1.  Slots of Plunder 61,871 +20,107xxxxxxxx + 48%
2.  Royal Casino Slots 61,824 +20,060 + 48%
3.  Last Temple 92,888 +19,800 + 27%
4.  جواكر 40,000 +11,068 + 18%
5.  CASTLOT 20,641 +10,200 + 98%
6.  Realm Of Empires 30,962 +10,080 + 48%
7.  WortSalat 30,962 +10,080 + 48%
8.  Are you Lucky Today ? 30,962 +10,080 + 48%
9.  Shoot Out 30,962 +10,080 + 48%
10.  Bubble Shooter 30,962 +10,080 + 48%
11.  My Bingo 41,283 +9,960 + 32%
12.  Crazy Car 41,283 +9,960 + 32%
13.  En Büyük Kim? 41,283 +9,960 + 32%
14.  Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostraxxxxxxx 51,604 +9,840 + 24%
15.  EcoCity 51,604 +9,840 + 24%
16.  Magnificent Millenium 51,604 +9,840 + 24%
17.  Papa Pear Saga 51,604 +9,840 + 24%
18.  BVB Fantasy Manager 82,567 +9,738 + 13%
19.  WWF Play the Game! 30,611 +9,729 + 47%
20.  Wolf pack 61,925 +9,719 + 19%

 

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.

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