‘Flappy Bird’ Takedown Results in Crazy eBay Sales & Death Threats

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Flappy Bird Developer Death Threats

As if this Flappy Bird story wasn’t crazy enough, a new wrinkle has entered the fray that showcases humanity at its most devious. Not to mention, it’s once again proof that there are a lot of people out there trying to make a quick buck off unsuspecting strangers.

Since Flappy Bird is no longer available on either the iOS or Android app stores, several would-be profiteers have taken it upon themselves to offer a solution. No, they haven’t created a Flappy Bird clone or another iteration of the endless runner genre, mind you. Rather, these people have decided to sell their smartphone or tablet, pre-loaded with Flappy Bird, on the popular auction site eBay.

While that in and of itself is a silly proposition, the sellers have taken things a step further by posting their devices at close to $100 mark-ups. In essence, buyers are paying an extra $100 for the opportunity to play a once-free app. Some sellers have been kind enough to include their Flappy Bird high score in with the deal though, so there’s also that.

What’s even stranger is that people are actually bidding on the Flappy Bird smartphones; someone actually sees the value in a rudimentary game that’s been done countless times before and with better mechanics and visuals. One listing, in fact, got as high as $99,000, but we suspect that was a case of auction fraud, as the listing has since been removed.

Flappy Bird Phones On Sale

Whatever the case, the Flappy Bird phenomenon is still not over, and the saga of troubled developer Dong Nguyen has only just begun. As well, we wouldn’t be surprised if, like a dopey phoenix reluctantly rising from the ashes, that Flappy Bird popped up in one form or another relatively soon.

Speaking of the Flappy Bird dev, while his game has been quite the success (and news) story, that popularity has come at a major price for Nguyen. As we have already detailed, Nguyen’s overnight success has brought on a tremendous undue stress, leading him to take his game offline.

Unfortunately, that decision has made things even worse for Nguyen, who is now receiving death threats. The threats starting coming in prior to his deleting of Flappy Bird, and now that the game is truly gone they haven’t stopped. It’s one thing to criticize a developer’s product, and it’s hard to deny that Flappy Bird deserves a lot of the criticisms thrown its way, but personal attacks cross a line.

Nguyen’s game might not be the type of quality product that most hope for out of a mobile title, but it’s important to remember that this is the same market that turned Candy Crush Saga into a mega-hit, and gave publisher King Games its skewed sense of grandeur. The mobile space is fast becoming like the Wild West and it appears no one is safe.

Can you see yourself paying any amount for the chance to play Flappy Bird? Where does your opinion of the game fall?

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Source: VG 24/7, Develop Online

TAGS: Android, Flappy Bird, iOS, Mobile

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  1. lmao

    this whole situation is hilarious.
    the guy seems to think this has ruined his life.
    and now this… hahahaha

    i dont really know what to say

    • That’s because you don’t know the whole story behind it. He’s getting threats not only from angry players, but people in his home town. They believe that he doesn’t deserve all that money so they’re personally threatening him with death. Either way though, it looks like he’s going to get death threats which is really sad.

      • Really? His own town? Wow, those are real haters.

  2. Who would’ve thought the mobile game industry would suddenly get so ugly.

  3. Flappy Bird has become the new Wonka Bar. Except in this version Charlie Bucket threw the golden ticket away because he couldn’t take it anymore…

    “Who can take a bad game, and sprinkle it with green?
    Who can haunt a game developer and ruin all his dreams?

    The flappy bird can.

    The flappy bird knows what pathetic fools will buy to make their life
    seem cool”

  4. Anyone with brains who is actually interested in the game would find other methods to play it. Locating and downloading the Android APK is one of the easier methods.

  5. What the hell is flappy bird?

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