Two titans are battling for the top spot on this week’s AppData list of fastest-growing Facebook games by monthly active users. Playfish, through its recent acquirer Electronic Arts, has taken the top ranking with Hotel City, while Playdom is closed behind with Social City.
Combined, the two new games sucked up over four million new players, more than anything else on the list:
|5.||Texas HoldEm Poker||29,777,714||+1,113,598||+3.88|
|13.||Send Free Farmville Gifts||517,658||+298,991||+136.73|
For Social City, the growth was no surprise; the city building game has had a fairly even growth trajectory since its release. It’s now Playdom’s largest game on Facebook, double the size of Sorority Life. But Hotel City, in which players manage a virtual hotel, really surprised us over the weekend. Check out the game’s gains on Saturday and Sunday:
The growth may have surprised EA a bit, too; Hotel City’s user reviews board is littered with comments about bugs and errors, suggesting that the game is having trouble scaling to demand. But EA will probably quickly catch up, and in the meantime, Hotel City is already its fourth-largest game.
Zoo Paradise, by CrowdStar, finally picked up in its own growth last week after creeping along at a slower pace for its first weeks on Facebook. And while FarmVille’s 1.16 million new users don’t set any new records for that game, do check out its Zynga brother Texas HoldEm Poker, which has stealthily added 2.5 million players over the past month and could soon become Zynga’s second-biggest game by MAU.
But while Zynga is doing well at adding new players to Texas HoldEm, we can see that its newer poker game, Poker Blitz, isn’t doing so well. It’s at number 14 with just 277,493 new MAU — great performance by the standard of any younger company, but not so impressive for Zynga, especially considering the huge growth that EA and Playdom saw. Still, there’s time yet for Blitz to blossom, and Zynga also just released a new game called Treasure Isle.