I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
If you’ve spent any time around someone with an iPhone within recent weeks, chances are you’ve heard about the new game Flappy Bird. Flappy Bird, a simple game in which the goal is to keep your bird alive, has soared to the top of the Top Charts and has stayed there for a quite a while. Meanwhile, the developer of the game, Dong Nguyen, announced on his Twitter that he will be removing the game from the App Store very soon. What could’ve possibly caused him to make such a big decision?
First, we have to stop and think for a moment, is his statement even true? Nguyen would not be the first person to claim something like this. After all, the announcement has already drove even more popularity to his application, adding even more to his $50,000 per day income he is receiving from Flappy Bird. When people find out Flappy Bird could be going away soon, many people who have yet to download the app will rush to the App Store to grab it before it’s gone. Although it’s an unethical marketing strategy, it definitely works, and that’s why we occasionally hear about people abusing it.
But what if Nguyen is being serious?
Flappy Bird has been the topic of a lot of hate, and much of this hate has been pointed at the developer. Fame is most definitely not for everyone, and even a simple hate message over the internet can really bring a person down, especially when it’s happening so often.
But if that’s the case, why not sell Flappy Bird to another developer?
This is perhaps the most puzzling of all the questions, simply because it would make little sense not to. If you don’t want to handle the fame, why not trade it over to someone else and receive millions of dollars in return?
The only logical reason not to is if you legally couldn’t. Although Nguyen says that the application is not being taken down to legal reasons, it wouldn’t really make sense otherwise. There has been rumor of a lawsuit by Nintendo due to the graphic artwork of the game, but the developer ensures this is not the case. All in all, it doesn’t make much sense. It seems like this is either another publicity stunt, or there are actually legal issues with the game and the developer does not want to admit that.
Will Flappy Bird remain on the App Store? We’ll have to wait and see. For now, it can be downloaded by clicking the button below.