Report: Google, Apple rejecting ‘Flappy Bird’ knockoffs

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 7 years ago

According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple and Google are giving the boot to games that contain the word “flappy” in their title. The original “Flappy Bird” was pulled out of the App Store by the game’s creator Dong Nguyen, but developers hoping to cash in on the game’s popularity flooded the App Store and Google Play with Flappy Bird knockoffs.

According to the guardian, the game first launched in May 2013 for iOS, but climbed quickly to the top of Apple’s free game rankings early this year. In an interview with The Verge, Nguyen said that the game was earning on average $50,000 a day from in-app ads.

Despite the game’s success, the Vietnamese developed decided to take it down:

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” tweeted Nguyen. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask. And I still make games.”

If you never had the opportunity to play Flappy Bird before Nguyen took it down, you could always shell out $900 to purchase a phone off of eBay that already has the game installed.

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