Creator Removes ‘Flappy Bird’ From App Store, eBay User Selling iPhone With The Addictive Game For $90,200!
Ever heard of “Flappy Bird”? It’s aggravating, yet addictive; it’s like “Angry Birds” — ‘cept you’re the one that’s angry. Amidst the Flappy Bird craze, the overwhelmed creator deleted the game from app stores. Capitalizing on its scarcity, eBay users have no shame in selling Flappy Birds (with the iPhone 5) for $90,200!
“I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore,” Dong Nguyen, the game’s creator, said. “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” Though the hair-pulling game garnered 50 million downloads and reeled in $50,000 a day, Nyugen stayed true to his word and yanked “Flappy Bird” off Apple App and Google Play stores.
“Press people are overrating the success of my games… please give me peace,” Nguyen tweeted.
While the Vietnam-based developer backs out the glaring spotlight, eBay sellers are rubbing their hands with sinister zeal for a chance to capitalize off Flappy Bird’s growing rarity. One user is selling an iPhone 5S for $1,499. Why? Because it’s got “Flappy Birds” pre-installed of course!
“A comparable second-hand iPhone without Flappy Bird can be easily be had on eBay for $500 to $600, so in this instance, the game — which was an ad-supported freebie — commands a premium of $900 or more,” Time reports.
But nothing is more absurd than the $90,200 price tag for an iPhone 5. Clearly, this seller is testing the waters to see if anyone is insane enough to make such an outlandish purchase.
And who else is capitalizing off Nyugen’s media-shy personality? A slew developers have come forth with “Flappy Bird” clones such as “Flappy Wings,” “Clumsy Bird,” and “Fly Birdie — Flappy Bird Flier,” The latter is already number two, according to Metro, on the iOs charts!
The success of Flappy Bird is peculiar. Unlike Angry Birds, which took nine months to make with hundreds of programmers, Flappy Bird was made in two to three days by one man. And he didn’t even promote the app — a la Beyonce — after its release last May. It surged into popularity in mid-January and remained number one for a month.
As Flappy Bird flaps no longer, many people are still bewildered by Nyugen’s step down.