Facebook backtracks after naming Playdom title 2011’s most popular game

Facebook has renamed its chart of the top 10 games of last year and explained its methodology after its naming of Gardens Of Time as the year's most popular game was met with widespread confusion.

The company painted a markedly different picture of gaming on its network, overlooking monthly and daily active users (MAU and DAU), the accepted standard for gauging a Facebook game's popularity. It means Zynga's CityVille, named the biggest-ever game on the platform after amassing 88.4 million users within a month of launch, is restricted to third place on the chart, behind EA's The Sims Social.

As TechCrunch points out, Gardens Of Time – developed by Playdom, the studio acquired by Disney in 2010 for a potential $763 million – reached a peak of 17 million MAU and 4 million DAU. CityVille beat those figures five times over, reaching 100 million MAU and 21 million DAU.

Facebook would later change the name of the chart from "Most Popular" to "Top Recommended," and explain the methodology used in putting it together, saying: "This list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores. The result is a list of the games that received the most user recommendations in 2011."

01. Gardens Of Time (Playdom)
02. The Sims Social (EA)
03. CityVille (Zynga)
04. DoubleDown Casino (DoubleDown Interactive)
05. Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga)
06. Words With Friends (Zynga)
07. Bingo Blitz (Buffalo Studios)
08. Empires & Allies (Zynga)
09. Slotomania-Slot Machines (Playtika)
10. Diamond Dash (Wooga)