Monday, February 10, 2014

The Flight & Sudden Fall of Flappy Bird

That Goofy, Addictive Flappy Bird Game Is Doing $50,000 In Sales Per Day

Annoyingly addictive mobile game Flappy Bird is generating $50,000 in sales per day, developer Dong Nguyen tells The Verge
Flappy Bird generates
revenue through
banner ads.
Flappy Bird is the number one free game for the iPhone and for Android phones. It's a simple game. You tap on the screen to make the bird fly, or flap, and you try to guide the bird through two green tubes. The graphics look like something from the original Nintendo, which was inspiration for the game.
Nguyen, based in Vietnam, launched the app in May of 2013. For reasons he doesn't fully understand the app just took off and has suddenly become super popular. Today, it has 50 million downloads. 
For some context on the success of Flappy Bird, in the U.S. App Store, Facebook's new Paper app is number three, sitting behind Flappy Bird, and a game just like Flappy Bird called Ironpants. Facebook has 147 million daily U.S. users. It dominated in press coverage for Paper. And yet, it still can't beat some goofy app made by a Vietnamese developer in his free time. — Jay Farrow | BusinessInsider.com

Flappy Bird Is Officially Dead


Flappy Bird, the addictive smartphone game that skyrocketed to the top of app store charts, has been removed from both Google and Apple's app stores.
On Saturday, the game's creator Dong Nguyen tweeted that he planned to remove the game despite its success, but didn't give much of an explanation beyond that. Even though the game was free, it showed users ads and Nguyen generated an estimated $50,000 per day from Flappy Bird users.
Some have speculated that Nguyen was able to game the Apple and Google stores into pushing Flappy Bird at to the top of the most-popular charts, but there's not proof of that. — Steve Kovach | BusinessInsider.com

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down," developer Dong Nguyen wrote on Twitter. "I cannot take this anymore."

Dong Nguyen –the Vietnam-based creator of Flappy Bird, was asked why the game was removed from Apple & Google app stores and took to Twitter, 'It is not anything related to legal issues' — you see; although its a free download, it does borrow & resemble Super Mario Bros., had been downloaded 50 million times, and allegedly earns $50,000 per day via web banner ads...

...to be continued.
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