Beats Out Spotify, Microsoft, & More
It’s no big secret that Candy Crush Saga’s incredible worldwide popularity has made it one of the most played games of all time.
And of course, nowhere is that popularity more obvious than on Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site, which reports that Candy Crush is at the top of its apps list month after month. But now AppData has started revealing how many daily active users (DAU) each app has, and the results may shock you.
If you can believe it, Candy Crush Saga has over 57 million DAU–57,036,085 on average, according to AppData. Not only is that far and away the most DAU of any app on Facebook, it’s more than the next four apps combined. And those four are no lightweights. King Games, makers of Candy Crush, own two of them: the extremely similar Farm Heroes Saga and Pet Rescue Saga games. The other two are the Spotify and Windows Live apps, which is what really takes our breath away. How did King’s candy-matching game get to be so popular that it eclipsed two of the most prominent technology manufacturers and music services on the entire Web?
We might be hyperventilating a little too early–after all, Spotify’s popularity has waned on Facebook mostly due to its users’ preference for the mobile app and desktop program. Still, by AppData’s count, King’s games are responsible for well over 85.5 million daily players on Facebook, an incredible number by anyone’s standards. (In contrast, the online gaming community/distribution system Steam only has 65 million users total as of last October.) That’s definitely going to affect how King’s IPO is valued this year.
Are you one of the 57 million people who play Candy Crush on Facebook? Do you prefer to play on your phone? Tell us what version you like best in the comments!