How to Kill a Flappy Bird?


Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard of Flappy Bird! Flappy Bird is a really simple retro style game developed by Dong Nguyen which took over the App Store by surprise. Flappy Bird reached the prestigious number 1 spot on both the Apple App Store as well as Google Play Store pulling in $50,000 a day. 

This story took a twist when the developer, Dong Nguyen, announced that he will remove the game from all the stores in 22 hours. The developer explained that he has gotten too much fame in too little time and it is going out of control. Further investigation revealed that he was getting a lot of death threats from the users of the game because of the insane difficulty of the game. 

Initially, the 22 hour take down notice was perceived as a marketing stunt but Dong kept his promise and took down the game. 

With Flappy Bird not being available on the App Store or Google Play, interested buyers went to Ebay to purchase iOS/Android devices which have Flappy Bird installed. The price of the Flappy Bird game which comes with an iPhone ranges from $90,000 - $100,000. According to latest reports Ebay has pulled down several of those listings.

Apart from the preinstalled Flappy Bird devices, many different Flappy Bird clones cropped up after its death to cash in on its success.  

"In the end it was not the green pipes that killed the Flappy Bird neither was it the fall to the ground but it was the people who killed it."