The top free game for both iOS and Android was, until earlier this week, held by Flappy Bird, a game designed by Vietnamese indie game developer Doug Nguyen. It amassed a huge following before abruptly being removed from the App Store and Play Store. The big question everyone seems to be asking: why?
Two things we know. First, it wasn’t about the money. By some estimates, 29-year old Nguyen was raking in more than $50,000 USD every day from in-game ads.
Second, Nguyen felt the game and all the media attention it was getting was just too much to handle and the game was “too addictive.” He said it was something he created for people to enjoy for a few minutes here and there, but didn’t mean for people to be consumed by it.
Even from the grave, Flappy Bird is still making headlines. Several people have listed their iPhones and Android phones on eBay with Flappy Bird still installed. One allegedly brought $94,000 before the auction was mysteriously taken down. Searching for “iPhone flappy bird” today turned up 208 results.
If you just can’t live another day without getting a fix for your addiction, there are several rehashed versions of Flappy Bird available on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store that you might find just as pleasing. Or frustrating. Either way, it’s only a matter of time before the next big game takes the world by storm.
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