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Every other week, Gamasutra examines the most popular Facebook games, like Zynga's recently launched ChefVille and its fast-growing audience, which is making up for the developer's other shrinking titles.

Eric Caoili, Blogger

August 29, 2012

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Every other week, Gamasutra examines the most popular Facebook games according to monthly active users, looking at the top titles and developers on the social network to see who's attracting or losing players. Three weeks after its launch, Zynga's restaurant sim ChefVille is already the ninth most popular game on Facebook, ahead of FarmVille -- the developer's new releases tend to grow their audiences extremely fast, thanks to its huge cross-promotional network. ChefVille now has 15.7 million players, almost all of whom began playing in the last week. The game's thriving audience helps pad Zynga's total userbase, as its other major titles are losing players (it's unclear if many of them are just migrating to ChefVille). The Ville, for example, which is the most popular app on Facebook and has seen its numbers rise week-after-week for some time now, actually lost users in the last seven days -- coming down from 60.6 million to now 50.9 million. Texas HoldEm Poker has also lost 1.6 million users during the same amount of time, while Bubble Safari shed 200,000 players and Zynga Slingo shrunk by 1.1 million players. CastleVille has remained stable at 15.5 million users. Outside of Zynga's titles, other developers' games are starting to creep up Facebook's games leaderboard, including Wooga's Diamond Dash, FreshPlanet's SongPop, and Social Point's Dragon City. You can see the full list of the top 20 Facebook games along with exact monthly active user counts below:

Facebook Games Leaderboard

Name

MAU

1

The Ville

50,900,000

2

Texas HoldEm Poker

34,800,000

3

Bubble Safari

30,700,000

4

CityVille

19,300,000

5

Diamond Dash

18,800,000

6

Bubble Witch Saga

17,800,000

7

FarmVille

17,600,000

8

SongPop

16,600,000

9

ChefVille

15,700,000

10

CastleVille

15,500,000

11

The Sims Social

15,000,000

12

Words With Friends

14,200,000

13

Candy Crush Saga

13,700,000

14

Draw Something

13,700,000

15

SimCity Social

13,500,000

16

Zynga Slingo

13,000,000

17

Angry Birds Friends

12,600,000

18

Tetris Battle

12,000,000

19

Dragon City

10,800,000

20

Pool Live Tour

10,500,000

All charts and data are courtesy of Facebook application metrics and trends site AppData.

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Eric Caoili

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Eric Caoili currently serves as a news editor for Gamasutra, and has helmed numerous other UBM Techweb Game Network sites all now long-dead, including GameSetWatch. He is also co-editor for beloved handheld gaming blog Tiny Cartridge, and has contributed to Joystiq, Winamp, GamePro, and 4 Color Rebellion.

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