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Ipswich/Suffolk: Mobile phone owners in the area looking to cash-in on removal of Flappy Bird from app stores

14:03 13 February 2014

The menu page for the popular game Flappy Birds, which has been withdrawn by its creator.

The menu page for the popular game Flappy Birds, which has been withdrawn by its creator.

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Mobile phone owners in Ipswich are among thousands of people trying to cash in on the decision of the Flappy Bird app creator’s decision to remove his game from the Apple and Google Play markets.

The game, which was removed on Monday, had been downloaded millions of times but Nguyen Ha Dong, of Hanoi, who created it, said it had ruined his life.

Since then, online shopping and auction sites have been filled with people selling second-hand phone and tablet devices, which are advertised as having Flappy Bird, for thousands of pounds.

On one site, a search of sellers in Ipswich and Suffolk trying to flog “Flappy Bird devices” gave dozens of results with people asking for between £100 and £3,000 for the products.

Experts say they have been shocked by the sudden surge in people selling the phones with the game, which was making about £30,000 a day in advertising revenue at its height.

Tech blogger Carter Thomas said the sudden popularity of Flappy Bird might have been due to use of fake accounts run by computers to create downloads and reviews.

He said he could not prove his suspicion and that the success might also be explained by it being “just a wildly viral game”.

Mr Dong, 29, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the Internet sensation caused by the game “ruins my simple life” and he now hated it.

He did not address the inflated downloads allegation but denied suggestions he was withdrawing the game because it breached another game maker’s copyright.

“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he wrote.

9 comments

  • eBay won't let you sell these devices with the game still installed. According to their selling rules, If you're trying to sell a smart phone or tablet on their site the device has to be fully restored to the factory settings. This will wipe any apps included Flappy Birds.

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    Mr DJ

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Lots of people out there clearly need to get a life.

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    blue&white

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • eBay won't let you sell these devices with the game still installed. According to their selling rules, If you're trying to sell a smart phone or tablet on their site the device has to be fully restored to the factory settings. This will wipe any apps included Flappy Birds.

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    Mr DJ

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • You can also sell stuff on Itemauctions.com a completely free auction site with lots of features!

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    Carl Smith

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Criminals are also looking to take advantage of this. Be VERY careful of downloads unless you're 100% certain that they're safe. There are already fake copies of this containing malware that will steal information from your 'phone.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • eBay won't let you sell these devices with the game still installed. According to their selling rules, If you're trying to sell a smart phone or tablet on their site the device has to be fully restored to the factory settings. This will wipe any apps included Flappy Birds.

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    Mr DJ

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I've got a shockwave flash game called Chopper which is pretty much the exact same concept as this game but pre-dates it by about 10 years! Can I get $50K a day as well?!

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    Chris Church

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • A Palmer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I don't know whats worse... people who like Flappy Birds, people willing to pay over £1000 for a second hand phone with it installed or Ipswich Star who is about a month behind the rest of the world to report about it? Ipswich Star wins hands down again.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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