“Flappy Bird” knockoffs are plentiful today, but Google and Apple are cracking down on them today. The “Flappy” knockoffs are popping up everywhere, just enter the word “Flappy” into your Google search bar.
According to CNN News on Feb. 17, there are games that offer the same simple action as “Flappy Bird” did before it was pulled abruptly by its Vietnamese developer, Dong Nguyen, last week.
“Flappy Fish,” “Flappy Cat,” “Flappy Troll” and even a “Flappy Bieber” have surfaced after the void was left from the “Flappy Bird” demise. Developers submitting their apps that resemble “Flappy Bird” are finding Google and Apple are “pushing back,” according to CNN News.
Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media tweeted that this wasn’t his week. He submitted “Flappy Dragon” and was “rejected” and told “We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.” Carpenter writes on Twitter, “Which app? FB doesn’t exist!?!?!?”
Carpenter wasn’t the only one to get similar notices from Google and Apple not allowing anything resembling “Flappy Bird” get through. He said other developers are running into the same thing.
Nguyen pulled the app last week and within no time Smartphones with “Flappy Bird” already downloaded were on eBay selling for big bucks. Some of the sellers are “asking tens of thousands of dollars,” according to CNN.
Nguyen was making $50,000 a day from the advertising revenue from this free app and while he is making less today, he is still pulling in the revenue from the ads that were downloaded with the game. This game took Nguyen only three days to create. Look at the goldmine he ended up with!
He said he pulled the game because it had become an “addictive product.” He also tweeted a few days before he pulled the game telling the fans of the game:
“I am sorry “Flappy Bird” users, 22 hours from now, I will take “Flappy Bird”down. I cannot take this anymore.”
He didn't elaborate on the last sentence of his tweet, but apparently "Flappy Bird" came with some angst for the creator.