Words With Friends trumps Pokemon GO as most popular US mobile game in March 2017 with 13 million users

Words With Friends trumps Pokemon GO as most popular US mobile game in March 2017 with 13 million users

Zynga's Words With Friends was the most popular mobile game in the US in March 2017 with 13 million unique users for the month, according to Verto Analytics.

The analytics firm has released its 2017 Mobile Gaming Index which looks at the most popular mobile games among US adults. Its stats come from user behavioural data collected in March.

Words With Friends held onto its top spot after winning out in 2016's Index as well. It has seen its "stickiness rating" grow from 50% to 67% in the last year, and has also experienced a growth in average session length to 11 minutes.

Still going

Pokemon GO took second place in the rankings, with 10.5 million unique players. It is one of only three new entries in the top ten, alongside Panda Pop (3.5 million) and Toy Blast (3.2 million).

The overall top ten rankings were:

  • Words With Friends: 13 million
  • Pokemon GO: 10.5 million
  • Candy Crush Saga: 9.3 million
  • Candy Crush Soda Saga: 7.7 million
  • Solitaire by MobilityWare: 7.6 million
  • Clash of Clans: 3.8 million
  • Panda Pop: 3.5 million
  • Clash Royale: 3.3 million
  • Toy Blast: 3.2 million
  • Cookie Jam: 3.1 million

Pokemon GO may have lost a substantial amount of its audience after it first launched in 2016, but it's still generating money. It regularly shows up in monthly top grossing charts, most recently placing eighth in SuperData's Worldwide Digital Games Market report for March 2017.

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