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‘Flappy Bird’ dead? For some netizens, not Quite

by FFE Tech News Staff

 

‘Flappy Bird’ dead? For some netizens, not Quite

Flappy Bird mania has turned from addiction to lucrative business.

 

Flappy Bird’s creator Dong Nguyen may have finally put his foot down on the highly addictive game for iOS. But many of the game’s fans are not yet ready to throw in the towel.

 

Nguyen finally came clean in an interview with Forbes, saying the game’s addictive quality was what forced him to remove it for good: ‘Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. 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.’

 

It seems Flappy Bird mania is not yet over online though as many are jumping in the chance to earn on the unexpected demise of the app. Hours after Flappy Bird was deleted, a worldwide trend has started where smartphone owners have put up ads selling their gadgets with the app installed.

 

In Sweden, one hopeful is asking for 25,000 kronor for his iPhone 5S with Flappy Bird. The price is 18,700 kronor more than the retail price of an iPhone 5S. In the Philippines, smartphone owners are flocking online retail sites like Sulit.ph to sell gadgets such as iPad Mini, Cherry Mobile Jelly, Samsung Galaxy and iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird. Prices range from Php3,000 to Php40,000.

 

Nostalgipalatset toy and game collector Ronny Engström however said that the gadgets with the game installed are not worth their value as he believes Flappy Bird will not be a collector’s item.

 

Tech media site CNET also clarified that it was highly unlikely sellers will be successful in their online trades; at least as far as online market eBay is concerned. They revealed that eBay had pulled out a number of Flappy Bird auctions as these violated the site’s listing policy on copyrighted items. According to eBay, selling Flappy Bird in their site will only be allowed if permitted by its creator.

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