Candy Crush Saga leads European charge on Facebook

Thu Jan 17, 2013 1:44pm EST
 
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By Paul Sandle

LONDON (Reuters) - Despite global cuts and freezing temperatures, when it comes to gaming fun, it's Europe where most of the action is happening.

The continent's computer games developers are creating some of the most popular games on Facebook, with King.com's Candy Crush Saga leading the charge.

The puzzle game, which involves moving sweets to make a line of three the same color, is being played by more than 9.7 million people every day on the social network, making it the most popular game in terms of active daily users.

The top position on the chart, compiled by AppData, is more often occupied by a game from Zynga, like Farmville 2, which Candy Crush Saga unseated.

Facebook's head of European gaming, Julien Codorniou, said Candy Crush Saga was typical of the games coming from Europe that can be played on smartphones as well as on Facebook.

"The European gaming developers are really taking over," he said on Thursday.

"If you look at the top 10 gaming companies on Facebook a year ago, you only had one company, which was Wooga in Germany. Today you have six out of the 10, so there's really something happening here."

The most popular games were not revolutionary, he said, but they were social by design and they were fun because you played with your friends.   Continued...

 
In this photo illustration, a Facebook logo on a computer screen is seen through glasses held by a woman in Bern May 19, 2012. Picture taken May 19, 2012. REUTERS/Thomas Hodel