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As major publishers like Microsoft and Sony reload for the next-generation console war, social-game developers like Zynga, King, and GungHo continue battling it out on mobile and Facebook.
On the social front, Zynga continues to lose ground as Candy Crush Saga developer King gains more players every day. The puzzle title, which debuted in November, quickly established a major presence on mobile devices, but it just took the top spot on Facebook in terms of daily average users and gross revenue.
“Although our top social developers survey for May again placed Zynga in the No. 1 spot, King appears poised to surpass the former social-gaming leader during the period as it is gaining DAU as Zynga sheds them,” Cowen Partners analyst Doug Creutz said in a note to investors. “We also note that our estimate for Zynga.com’s ‘playing now’ users dropped another 10.8 percent during the period to an average of just 800,000.”
That’s in comparison to King’s phenomenally successful Candy Crush Saga, which took the top spot across all of the top-grossing charts for both social and mobile, according to Cowen’s research.