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Flappy Bird no longer flies but creates a money making rush

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Flappy Bird, a wildly addictive and popular smartphone game, has been pulled from the iOS and Android app stores by its creator Dong Nguyen. But its absence from its coop or rather the game app world has created a run for it from people bidding huge sums of money on smartphones with the app installed on it. It is now a commodity in demand and eBay has it.

On Monday morning, bids on eBay for an iPhone 5s, a smartphone that retails for $650, reached $99,900. Yes, it had Flappy Bird installed on it.

‘I'm shocked. I was the first one to post it, and then a couple of articles picked it up, so it got a lot of attention,’ Vasil Kimiv, 24, a surgical technologist from Beaverton, Ore., told NBC News. ‘I don't know why people are actually bidding so much.’

Flappy Bird is the incredibly simple yet frustrating smartphone game that involves tapping the screen to keep a bird afloat. Over the last week, the game had skyrocketed in popularity, hitting the top spot in both the iOS and Android app stores and reportedly bringing in $50,000 a day in ad revenue for its creator, Nguyen Ha Dong.

‘Flappy Bird’ was originally released for the iPhone in May but didn't become the top free iPhone app until mid-January, following a surge in popularity that seems to have kicked off in early December. Aside from the game becoming ‘free’ it had several great reviews and organic support on Apple which is some of the reason why it soared higher and higher in success.

A tweet from the game's creator suggested that its sudden success had become an albatross.

‘I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down," developer Dong Nguyen wrote on Saturday. "I cannot take this anymore.’

To read more articles on the latest in apps and the trend for ‘free apps’ view the list below in Author’s suggestions and the video atop this article about Dong Nguyen.


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