What happened

Shares of Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) were running higher Friday after the video game maker posted a better-than-expected first-quarter earnings report.

As of 2:51 p.m. EDT, the stock was up 13.4%.

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So what

The maker of online video games like Zynga Poker, Words With Friends, and Farmville said revenue ticked up 4% to $194.3 million in the quarter, beating estimates at $191.5 million as the company showed off a 19% increase in mobile revenue and a 27% uptick in mobile bookings.

The bottom-line result improved from a $0.03 per-share loss a year ago to a loss of a penny per share, which also topped expectations by a penny. Management said among the highlights were the company easily beating its own guidance, record mobile results, and strong performance in Zynga Poker, which saw revenue grow 63%.

Now what

For the current quarter, management's guidance was also better than expected as the company sees revenue increasing to $200 million, up from $174.6 million a year ago and ahead of estimates at $198.1 million. On the bottom line, the forecast calls for a net loss of $6 million, or the equivalent of a penny a share.

While Zynga remains in penny-stock range at just around $3, the stock reached its highest point in more than two years on Friday's news. Performance is improving in all key metrics including active users, and that should eventually lead to consistent profits, especially if the company keeps beating its own forecasts.

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