Facebook improves app requests, hopes to improve engagement in Facebook-connected games

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This week at Game Developers Conference (GDC), Facebook revealed new statistics for Facebook-connected games across the web and mobile devices. On average, over 375 million people play Facebook-connected games each month, while Facebook’s own website and mobile apps send 735 million referrals, on average, to games each day.

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The Inside Network Job Board: Big Viking Games, GameGenetics, WildTangent, Inc. and more

 

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The Inside Network Job Board, powered by Mediabistro, is dedicated to providing you with the best social media job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at:  Big Viking Games, GameGenetics, WildTangent, Inc. and more. Post a job on Inside Network’s Job Board.

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Game Insight announces Mysterium for Facebook, mobile

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Game Insight has announced the latest title in its growing series of hidden object games: Mysterium. From the creator of Mystery Manor, Mysterium places players in a detective story, as they explore the mysterious Collector’s house, filled with mechanical contraptions. In addition, as players explore environments, they’ll travel the globe, from Paris to New York, and will encounter strange artifacts called Mysteriums.

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DataPoint: Is Social Point the Next Big Game Developer?

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The social gaming space is dominated by King and Zynga. As we recently discussed, King’s games alone take up a quarter of the Facebook app market. However, the Barcelona-based Social Point has been growing steadily, and its numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

The company’s biggest hit is Dragon City, which boasts over 24.7 million monthly active users (MAUs). This year alone, the game’s MAUs are up 65.5 percent, and its daily active users (DAUs) are up over 20 percent. Here’s a snapshot of Social Point’s top Facebook apps, courtesy of AppData:

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The developer boasts over 38.5 million MAUs on the platform, an increase of 172 percent year-over-year. DAUs are at almost 7.8 million, up 283 percent year-over-year. DAU/MAU engagement has increased almost 6 percent year-over-year, showing that more users are playing one of Social Point’s games on a daily basis.

The company recently announced a shift in strategy. In an effort to create games that have longer lasting appeal, the company has four new games in the works that will be “mobile action social strategy” games rather than “breeding” games like Dragon City. The first one, “League of Warriors,” is set to launch this spring. According to our sister site Inside Mobile Apps, the company has doubled its workforce in the past year and its revenues have increased 10-fold in the past two years.

Even though Social Point’s revenues are a fraction of King and Zynga’s, the company’s growth makes it a strong contender for the next big thing in social gaming.

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Feed your dragons for big points in Pig & Dragon on Facebook

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We’re familiar with the war between birds and pigs, but did you know an equally important battle is currently waging between pigs and dragons? That’s the case in Pig & Dragon, CookApps match-three Facebook game which currently has over 843,000 monthly active users and climbing, according to our app tracking platform AppData. The game sees players swapping pieces of fruit to feed dragons, with a variety of goals to complete along the way.

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Start Four offers multi-sport fantasy leagues on Facebook

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Start Four has announced the launch of its Facebook game of the same name, giving sports fans a new way to show support for their favorite teams. The game supports multiple sports, including the MLB, NBA and NFL, and allows players to create fantasy teams of four players, with the goal of picking the athletes that will perform best in upcoming games.

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DataPoint: King Takes 25% of Facebook App Market

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AppData announced today that its data are reporting King Digital Entertainment’s ascendance. Although we called into question the sustainability of the developer and its most popular game, the data indicate that King is not a one-hit wonder.

According to the announcement, the company has the top three Facebook apps ranked by Monthly Active Users (MAUs): “King has been the most successful developer to leverage the Facebook app ecosystem to build its business across all platforms.”

Here are the top five apps on AppData’s MAU leaderboard:

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Farm Heroes Saga was launched in April of 2013, making its climb to No. 2 particularly notable. Pet Rescue Saga was launched in October of 2012. Together, the three games represent almost 22 percent of MAUs in the top 100 apps that AppData is tracking. King has four more games that appear in the top 100 apps: Papa Pear Saga, Pepper Panic Saga, Bubble Witch Saga and Pyramid Solitaire Saga. With all seven taken into consideration, King’s games alone represent over 25 percent of MAUs in the top 100 apps.

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Plarium launches Sparta: War of Empires on Facebook

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Social game developer Plarium has announced the launch of its newest title on Facebook, Sparta: Wars of Empires. The game takes players to Greece in the 5th Century BC, and places them in the role of a Lord, having just returned home from combat against Xerses and the Persian Empire. The massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game (MMORTS) challenges players to build their city-state while also protecting their land from the continuing Persian threat.

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BIGMAN Slots launches worldwide on Facebook

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After a limited launch in five countries, BIGMAN Entertainment has announced the release of BIGMAN Slots for Facebook users worldwide. The game is the first of many Spin4Free social casino games scheduled for release this year, and features new content and slot machines thanks to a recent game update.

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The Inside Network Job Board: SGN, High 5 Games, Tapjoy and more

 

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The Inside Network Job Board, powered by Mediabistro, is dedicated to providing you with the best social media job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at:  SGN, High 5 Games, Tapjoy and more. Post a job on Inside Network’s Job Board.

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