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Facebook unveils its game of the year - including mobile hits

Though its social game revenues are declining, there are still millions of players using the service to either play games or use it as a recommendation engine on mobile. Here are its 2014 picks.
Facebook exec Dan Morris has posted the company's list of games of the year for 2014 -- with its top award going to SGN's match-3 puzzler Cookie Jam, which can be played on desktop or mobile (with Facebook integration). "The games on these lists were selected based on player ratings, strength of Facebook implementation, growth, and overall quality," Morris wrote. Though Cookie Jam "proved that the genre is far from over for Facebook," according to Morris, the company has most recently focused on getting mobile developers to use Facebook logins, advertising, and social sharing functions -- as its mobile client does not function as a game portal in the same way that the desktop site does. Cookie Jam is playable on both platforms, and other mobile smash hits like Kim Kardashian: Hollywood make the best-of list in their Facebook incarnations. Notably, this year, the company has specifically broken out awards for games that use Facebook for login purposes but do not play on the platform at all -- honorees in that category include Supercell's Boom Beach and Sega's Crazy Taxi: City Rush, among others. In October, Facebook CFO David Wehner said that desktop game revenues had begun to decline, and that "we expect this trend to continue as desktop usage continues to decline." Morris' post also promises improvements to the company's recommendation engine. You can read it now.

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