Since I started covering the social gaming scene for Kotaku I've been regularly checking the numbers over at AppStats to see which Zynga games were topping the charts on any given day. You can imagine my surprise when the name on top of today's daily active users chart had King.com next to it. Way to go, Candy Crush Saga!
Thanks in no small part to the mobile app currently enjoying prime positioning on the free app charts for both iOS and Android, King.com's progression-based match puzzle game is currently hovering at 9.7 million active users a day. Its closest competition is FarmVille 2 with 8.8 million daily active users. That's a significant margin.
I've been playing Candy Crush Saga like a fiend on my iPad and Note II lately, generally repeating the same level (79) over and over again while cursing. It's entertaining to imagine nearly 10 million other people doing the same thing, usually in the restroom.
Some will take this sudden shift as a sign of Zynga's continuing decline. I consider it more an indication of the growing convergence of social and mobile gaming, and a testament to King.com's excellent implementation of its games on mobile platforms.
So congratulations, King.com, on topping Zynga on the social game charts, and **** you for level 78 of Candy Crush Saga.