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King crowned champ of app downloads

The makers of the Candy Crush saga have completed their glory year of 2013 by topping the app download charts, released by App Annie.

King’s app ranked no.1 by downloads and no.2 by revenue in the Game category, and the company itself was in the top five gaming firms in both the downloads and revenue charts.

Old faces

Facebook dominated the App category, with three of the publisher’s creations present in the top five.

The familiar faces of WhatsApp, Microsoft, Twitter and Google also featured in the top ten.

Apps and games by downloads



1 Candy Crush Saga King
2 Subway Surfers Kiloo
3 Temple Run 2 Imangi
4 Despicable Me Gameloft
5 Fruit Ninja Halfbrick



1 Facebook Facebook
2 WhatsApp Messenger WhatsApp
3 Skype Microsoft
4 Facebook Messenger Facebook
5 Instagram Facebook

Blending in

Though registered in the App store as a United Kingdom company, King is actually headquartered in Sweden.

But the Swedes are renowned for making little noise about their startup successes, meaning the firm is still generally perceived to be British.

However, talks of a British IPO for King have been circulating for months, with rumours that it has hired JP Morgan Chase & Co, Credit Suisse and Bank of America for the job.

Apps and games by revenue

Rank Game 2013


1 Puzzle & Dragons GungHo Online
2 Candy Crush Saga King
3 Clash of Clans Supercell
4 Hay Day Supercell
5 The SimpsonsTM: Tapped Out Electronic Arts

Rank App 2013


2 Pandora Radio Pandora Media
3 Zoosk Zoosk
4 Badoo Badoo
5 Comics comiXology

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