Zynga daily active users fall by 50 percent

Social game company sees daily players fall from 60 million to 30 million year-over-year; total revenue slides 36 percent to $203 million.

Daily active users (DAUs) for Zynga games fell from 60 million in the third quarter of 2012 to 30 million in the third quarter of 2013, the social game company announced today as part of its latest earnings report.

Monthly active users (MAUs) plummeted to 133 million in the third quarter of 2013, compared to 311 million last year. Monthly unique users (MUUs) fell 45 percent year-over-year from 177 million to 97 million, Zynga said.

Overall, for the third quarter ended September 30, Zynga revenue fell 36 percent year-over-year to $203 million. The social game company posted a net loss of $68,000 for the period, significantly better than the net loss of $53 million booked a year ago.

Online game revenue was $174 million during the quarter, down 39 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012. FarmVille 2 (22 percent), Zynga Poker (19 percent), and FarmVille (18 percent) were the biggest drivers of revenue for Zynga during the quarter.

Advertising revenue fell 9 percent to $28 million.

"Our teams are working hard to compete more aggressively on the web, move to mobile, and develop new hits, and I am happy with the early progress we have made," Zynga CEO Don Mattrick said. "We believe our top franchises, Zynga Poker, FarmVille and Words With Friends can be evergreen in terms of consumer interest and we are focused on growing these franchises in fiscal year 2014."

Mattrick was hired as CEO in July 2013, replacing Mark Pincus.

Zynga also announced today that it has hired Clive Downie as chief operating officer, effective November 4, 2013. Downie joins Zynga from DeNA, where he served as CEO of DeNA West. He also worked at Electronic Arts as vice president of marketing.

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soulless4now
soulless4now

Not surprised at all. Still waiting for the inevitable shut down.  

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

But I thought FTP, Social Gaming Was THE FUTURE!  How Could This Happen?

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

Gamespot creates another obvious article.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Daily active users is written as DAU, but a more accurate acronym would be DOH.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Yaaaaay!  The fad is almost over!  I won't be seeing all these terrible requests in the feeds for much longer!!

pozium
pozium

EA, Microsoft, to join Zynga. Zynga is definitely going down!!!

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

Not surprised much. Casual gaming may have gone to the masses, but it's casual, and it's masses. Not surprising that the interest would decrease now that the novelty is gone.

helldragonzer
helldragonzer

hmmm, seems bosses are paying more attention to what their workers do on their PC during work hours.

McGregor
McGregor

Anyone surprised? It took a while, but all those idiot facebook users finally realized that paying $20/mo for farmville wasn't a good investment.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

Heeeey, don't be sad, Zynga, you still have 30 million chimps.

Rousso
Rousso

seems more people are escaping the mattrick

Daemoroth
Daemoroth

"and develop new hits" You mean steal other people's ideas and regurgitate them as your own?

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

Zynga makes games for non-gamers.  What true gamer plays Farmville?  It's for little girls.   Poker?  My buddies and I gather to play Poker with real money, usually accompanied with a LOT of beer, among other vices.

So, I don't give a shit about Zynga.  And Mattrick is like a plague...where he goes, misery follows.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

The batman of gaming strikes again! Another evil corporation gets smashed by the mighty fist of the Mattrick!

apophis32
apophis32

I feel a little bad for Don the most hated man in the video gaming world

Takeno456
Takeno456

Free to play, pay to win, casual gaming frenzy. These are all the things we hear stories about every week. They always talk about how they will take over and dominate. Well the flagship of the casual feet appears to be sinking. I hope all these core-gaming doom sayers are taking notes.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Oh wow, isn't that crazy?  A company that uses the absolute WORST POSSIBLE method of funding their games and exploiting payments from customers has a dip in people playing their games...

This without even mentioning the crap tons of games they make that are DIRECT copies of preexisting games.  Oh wait I just mentioned that too.  Maybe they should stop what they are doing and do a complete once over and reevaluate everything about themselves as a company.  Perhaps if their goal was to make money while making great games rather than make quick clone games and exploit money from customers as much as is legally possible, perhaps they'd find their fanbase to be a bit more loyal to their cause...

Paul2004
Paul2004

I wonder what Don wants for Xmas.....another job ?. 

Gotta admit im impressed by just how much damage Zynga's took in under a year, now thats how you set the record books and bankrupt one of the most hated gaming company's around XD

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Enter Don Mattrick. Destroyer of Companies. Slayer of office personnel. Business-Death Incarnate.

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

I just gotta say, zynga, nintendo, EA and every other company that's fighting over casual gamers, it's kinda stupid to base a video game company on customers that don't really like video games. Sure they'll buy a couple, I wouldn't base my business around them though.

barleybosh
barleybosh

Watch, Mattrick returns to Microsoft as CEO, and Balmer shakes his hand.

"Congratulations Don. Mission Accomplished. Now that Zynga is furiously trying to sell the company, we can buy them out and get all the revenue from these new Windows 8 App Store exclusives. These will be an excellent addition of assets for our social media based platform: the Xbox One. We're very fortunate that you look identical to Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible, and that you came out of retirement so soon after the billion dollar contract you accepted from Bill to assassinate Steve Jobs. Good job again on that too. Shitting on his iPhone at the crime scene was wreckless though. The heat from your feces dialed the paramedics."

nousername66
nousername66

The monkeys are starting to get bored with their games

teh_pwnager
teh_pwnager

That guy is like Diablo. Where he walks, hell follows.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Zynga has a great potential. Sad news.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This garbage company is circling the drain.  Time for someone to flush.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

I'm not the kind of person to wish someone's else evil, even if they're a pathetic company that has leeched millions of people through the years, and created a market of illusions that became a cancer on entertainment industry.

I won't wish them evil, whats happening to them its fate of all companies that believes in crap F2P only future, mobile future, and digital only future.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Ugh, Words with Friends.  I saw a physical board game version of it at Walmart the other day.  IT"S JUST SCRABBLE!!!

Daian
Daian

Die Zynga, die! Return to the infernal fires from which you spawned! And take Activision with you on the way there if you don't mind.

tomservo51
tomservo51

DM is my hero!!

 "I've screwed up Xbox, not it's time to screw up Zanga"

warriors30
warriors30

Wow, 50 percent is quite a number!  (O_o)"

Honestly...I like it, because I dislike everything this company stands for. Sorry, Zynga.

xtraflossy
xtraflossy

@Rousso No lie, I read that and in my head saw something from the matrix:

The green digital background with that smug / famous picture of Mattrick with the text saying "Enter the Mattrick"


Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@barleybosh "A shame you couldn't take out Gabe Newell.  You were able to make him gain 75 pounds, but he keeps on going!"

bouchart
bouchart

@chibi-acer I had Scrabble on a floppy disk 20 years ago, yet Words With Friends was hailed as some brilliant creation.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

@Pr0ving4Gr0undz Yeah, I loved playing Draw my thing with some friends, I hate Zynga for buying OMGPOP in the first place, also OMGPOP tried to buy itself back, the people there wanted to continue making games for a smaller gamebase, but Zynga closed it down.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@warriors30 This was one of the first companies to push the IAP BS that is ruining the whole point of gaming as we know it. Big companies are now spending more time figuring out ways to take our money over ways of innovating their games to make us want to spend the money.

Some companies are doing it right but those are far and few between in my opinion.

Fuck Zynga and all they stand for. I honestly wish nothing but the worst for them. We need an horrible example of what this sort of company and the content they provide does so it will change in the future. I stopped mobile gaming totally because of all of the BS on the app store.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@xtraflossy @Rousso "Mr Anderson, I've got a game I'd like you to play", "My name's not Anderson", "Mr Anderson, I think you would enjoy becoming a part of our world"

Hurvl
Hurvl

@gamerboy100 @bunchanumbers If he damages Zynga, like he damaged MS and then moves on to a third company that he can damage, Mattrick might be able to pull off a hattrick.