Game Over for Flappy Bird
Notoriously frustrating and popular mobile gaming app Flappy Bird has been removed from online stores despite becoming the the most popular mobile game of 2014 being downloaded more than 50 million times. Creator Dong Nguyen is said to have blocked access to the game because the of the fame related issues, even though he was making as much as $50,000 a day from in-game advertisement – I know, we can’t believe it either!
Users were notified via a stream of twitter posts from Mr Dong on Sunday, which informed them that anyone who did not download the app within 22 hours would no longer have the opportunity to do so. He claimed that the reasoning had nothing to do with legal issues and producing a sequel to Flappy Bird has not been ruled out, which makes you think could this all just be a stunt?
It has become known that it only took Mr Dong two or three days to create the game and therefore you have to ask the question, is this a publicity stunt to enhance the games profile before the second version becomes available? Maybe but then again maybe not.
It is obvious though that the demand for the game to be bought back has been overwhelming. A petition was set up moments after the game was bought down on social media sites and hashtags such as #RIPFlappyBird and #SaveFlappyBird were widely spread. As if that wasn’t enough, some people have even started auctioning off their smartphones online containing the game for serious sums of money.