Zynga announced the closure of its life simulation game YoVille in January 2014, triggering an instant reaction from players, who begged Zynga to reconsider its decision. When closure announcements are made, they’re traditionally final. However, Zynga has listened to its fans, and has reversed its decision to close the game on March 31, as was originally planned.
Candy Crush Saga developer King has filed for its IPO with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing some staggering usage figures in the process. For the month of December 2013 alone, King saw 1.2 billion daily game plays across its catalog of titles, including Farm Heroes Saga, Papa Pear Saga, and other games in the “Saga” franchise.
Insomniac Games has announced the closure of Outernauts on Facebook, and a progression of the franchise to other devices. The game saw players exploring planets in outer space, and had just 114,000 monthly active users (MAU) on January 31, its last day of operation. According to our app tracking service AppData, Outernauts had actually gained users in recent weeks, starting the year with 87,000 MAU.
Mobile and social game developer Zynga has announced the closure of YoVille, one of the longest running Facebook games on the platform. The life simulation and home decoration game has just 354,000 monthly active users (MAU) as of this writing, according to our app tracking service AppData. The app peaked in 2009 at nearly 19.9 million MAU, but has been on a fairly steady decline ever since.
Warner Bros. has announced the launch of its newest browser game, in celebration of the upcoming release of the Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez film Getaway. The driving game “Getaway: Race to Glory” is now available to play in browsers, and gives players the chance to put their driving skills to the test across a variety of missions.
Zynga has quietly announced the closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook, scheduled for later this month. While Zynga Slingo has over 3.5 million monthly active users, this move comes as no surprise, as RealNetworks purchased the Slingo name and brand at the end of July for $15.6 million, according to TechCrunch.
Candy Crush Saga developer King (formerly King.com) has quietly revealed the closure of some of its older, less successful Facebook games. The move will see Bubble Saga, Hoop de Loop Saga, Miner Speed and Puzzle Saga all close on September 10, but the company’s most popular ‘Saga’ games won’t be affected. This closure also affects King’s test project King Gold Games, a Facebook hub for events and new game discovery.
Zynga recently announced its plans to completely shutter OMGPop.com and close four of the developer’s Facebook games, including Gem Rush and Cupcake Corner. However, before the axe was ultimately swung, members of the OMGPop team reportedly attempted to buy the site back from Zynga.
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