The Flappy Bird saga may be the stupidest phenomenon the world has seen since Linsanity but it’s definitely a phenomenon nonetheless. App Annie points out that Flappy Bird clones are now the No. 1 games on iOS charts in more than 30 different countries including the United States, China, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. More →
This has been an illuminating month for the mobile application business. Based on its daily download volume (as high as 2 million) and simple banner ad format, Flappy Bird has been estimated to make roughly $50,000 a day. Just recently, a hacker revealed that Supercell is making more than $5 million a day from its two mobile apps, Clash of Clans and Hay Day. According to our industry sources in Helsinki, Clash of Clans is roughly twice as profitable as Hay Day, which would mean that the daily global gross revenue from Clash of Clans alone tops $3 million a day.
And that’s the app industry in a nutshell. More →
When Nguyen Ha Dong released Flappy Bird on iOS and Android, he had no idea how different his life would become. The frustrating mobile game shot to the top of the app charts and Nguyen started pulling in $50,000 a day from advertising. But he didn’t want the spotlight, so he recently made the decision to pull the game from Apple and Google’s app stores. Now, furious Flappy Bird fans want him dead. The dust is finally settling following Nguyen’s move to discontinue the game, and he has done a handful of interviews to discuss the matter. We already covered the developer’s real reason for pulling the title, and now in a separate interview Nguyen reveals why he made the game so infuriatingly difficult to play. More →
In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has revealed the real reason he removed the extremely popular app from the App Store and the Google Play Store. According to Nguyen, the game’s addictiveness is what convinced him to remove it, and the app is not coming back. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” the developer said “But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.” More →
Did you miss your chance to download the inexplicably popular Flappy Bird before its creator unceremoniously removed it from app stores? No need to threaten to murder him — there is at least one way to get your small-birds-avoiding-pipes fix without spending $90,000 on an iPhone with the game preinstalled. Software developer Ural Özden has recreated Flappy Bird in the browser, and since the game uses HTML5, you can play in on your mobile device once again, as if it had never disappeared in the first place. More →
Flappy Bird came from out of nowhere and rocketed to the top of mobile app stores’ charts, but the man who created the game wasn’t ready for the spotlight. Nguyen Ha Dong’s insanely frustrating mobile app was reportedly pulling in $50,000 a day for the developer, but according to a series of tweets it was also ruining his “simple life.” As such, he announced over the weekend that he planned to pull the game from Apple and Google’s mobile app stores — and on Sunday he followed through.
Flappy fans were not happy. More →