Oh, how the mighty hath fallen. If there is one major success EA
has enjoyed on Facebook, it's owning the top sports game on the platform, FIFA Superstars
. Unfortunately, that heavyweight title now belongs to Nordeus, the Serbian developer that created Top Eleven
. The soccer--ahem, football
--game attracts 2.87 million monthly players compared to FIFA's 2.801 million players, according to AppData
. A win by an incredibly small margin, but a win nonetheless. (However, the Top Eleven does house nearly 200 thousand more daily players.)
The game tasks players with managing their own football team, just like in FIFA. However, Top Eleven follows teams across 28 day-long seasons and features a heavy focus on finance management including sponsorship deals and new facilities. In an AppData chart provided by Nordeus, it's displayed that Top Eleven has been around for just a day longer than FIFA, though it has recently enjoyed welcoming 79 thousand players weekly. EA, on the other hand, has most recently only reigned in 7 thousand new players a week.
"We're stunned to see our company overtake one of the world's biggest third-party games developers to create Facebook's most played sports game," Nordeus COO Tomislav Mihajlović said in a statement. "Top Eleven has been live for just a year, but already we've passed this significant milestone and added millions of players. The final whistle's not been blown yet, so we'll continue to innovate and add to what we, and our users, think is already a great game."
Ooh, they sound like fightin' words to me. (Polite words, but fightin' words regardless.) The studio, comprised of some ex-Microsoft
employees and now with offices in Belgrade, Serbia, Dublin and Tel Aviv, has likely caught the ire of EA. That said, the developer has quite a bit of work on its hands if it wants to maintain its title. If anything this shows that Facebook games aren't just doing well in the states and areas like Western Europe and Asia, but even in Eastern Europe and other areas around the globe. But what will be even more interesting to see is how EA, who could be beaten by Zynga
any day now on Facebook, responds to the taunt.
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