Poor Zynga. The once-darling of the social gaming world has been losing users for some time now, while its competitor, King, is on the upswing.
In March of 2013, Zynga’s biggest game was Farmville 2. It had over eight million daily active users (DAUs) at the time, and had 2.73 percent of the Facebook app market, according to AppData. At the same time, King’s biggest game Candy Crush Saga had about 21.5 million DAUs and 7.27 percent of the market.
King Digital broke 300 million month active users (MAUs) on Facebook this week, according to AppData. That puts the newly-public company at over three times the MAUs of Zynga on the same platform. So far, King’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange has been rocky: At the time of this writing, shares were trading at $19.57, about 13 percent lower than the offering price.
On the heels of its acquisition of popular messaging app WhatsApp, Facebook isn’t done shopping. Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that Facebook has purchased virtual reality firm Oculus VR for roughly $2 billion.
The cost includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones.
This week brought news that the social gaming company DianDian Interactive, otherwise known as FunPlus, raised $74 million in a Series B round. It’s the largest funding round for a social gaming company in nearly a decade.
FunPlus board member Richard Lim told The Wall Street Journal that the company did not want to do an IPO, choosing instead to remain private. The funds will be used to launch more games, and to expand its offices in Beijing, San Francisco and Vancouver. Although the company is based in China, most of its revenue comes from players in North America and Europe.
AppData announced recently that, according to its figures, King looks like it’s here to stay on Facebook. Although we called into question the sustainability of the developer and its most popular game, the data indicates that King is not a one-hit wonder.
According to the announcement, the company now 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.”
Zynga is introducing some of its most-popular games to iOS and Android in a few select markets before officially launching them at the end of June. The social gaming developer is playing catch up with competitor King, which got into the mobile space sooner.
“Did the company miss a beat with the transition to mobile? Absolutely. Are we fixing that? Yes, we are,” CEO of Zynga Don Mattrick told Reuters.
The company’s acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year also signals a new focus for the company on mobile.
Bored and looking for something to do with your Facebook friends? Now (for some users, at least) the site suggests games to play within the Facebook chat module.
As noticed by Inside Facebook reader Matteo Gamba, users who have the chat bar can click “Show Games,” when they click the settings button. This will then show games the user plays, as well as suggested games.
King’s Farm Heroes Saga had a great week, up nearly 250 percent in Facebook monthly active users. It had a huge spike on Valentine’s Day, which could mean singles everywhere logged in for the night — and possibly stayed hooked on the game throughout the week.
Developer Social Point is gaining momentum in Facebook monthly active users. In the past week, the developer has gained nearly 1 million MAUs, according to AppData Facebook MAU estimates. With one app, Dragon City, in the MAU Top 10 of Facebook apps, and three more in the MAU Top 100, Social Point could start to give other developers a run for their money.
DataPoint: Did you know that King has more DAUs than Zynga has MAUs?
According to AppData, King has taking the crown.
A new King reigns the app world…
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