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There's a good chance that anyone you see fooling around with their cellphone nowadays is actually playing Candy Crush Saga. The latest uber craze on the mobile market, this gem-busting game has pushed more than half a billion downloads in its first year on the market, racking up some pretty impressive stats in the process.
Developed by King, Candy Crush Saga turned a year old this weekend, marking a full 12 months since the unassuming, casual-friendly game strutted out onto the market. Nobody could have known at the time that CCS would go on to become one of the most successful video games of all time, quickly becoming synonymous with the likes of Angry Birds, Words with Friends and Farmville.
In order to ring in the game's first anniversary, King has supplied us with some pretty impressive stats concerning Candy Crush Saga, as well as some new details on impending updates.
“Installed over half a billion times across Facebook and mobile devices, the deliciously colorful game which challenges players to match sweets in a combination of three or more has become a phenomenon the world over and remains one of the most-played titles across the globe,” reads a statement from King. In order to celebrate that fact, fans should get ready for some new content and “anniversary treats” to be rolled out in the coming weeks.
“The past year has been one of the most exciting times for King, since Candy Crush Saga launched on mobile,” said King “Games Guru,” Tommy Palm. “The incredible milestone of more than half a billion downloads of the game, as well as the continued enthusiasm from our community, really delights the entire King team.”
Palm goes on toe tout an upcoming and “exciting new twist to the game,” before moving into those promised stats.
For starters, more than 150 billion individual games of Candy Crush Saga have been played to date and one in every 23 Facebook users worldwide is now a “fan” of the game. If you take a moment to really think about the magnitude of that second figure, it's actually quite staggering how popular the game has become.
Apparently the majority of those people play the game between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m., and the most popular day to play is Sundays. Finally, it looks like Level 65 is the one most players tend to get stuck on.
So, yeah, Candy Crush Saga is kind of a big deal. If you are one of the very small number of people who hasn't played it yet, maybe this one year anniversary celebration will finally convince you to give it a go.