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Saturday 19 April 2014

Game on: Flappy Bird resurfaces on eBay for over €180,000

Game Over: Flappy Bird creator said he plans to take the game offline

Flappy Bird's removal from the App Store has triggered a spate of tablets and smartphones with the app installed to be listed on eBay.

Across the globe, users looking to cash in are selling their devices complete with the installed app for huge sums of money.

UK-based eBay user ldixon88 has listed an iPad Mini 2 and iPad Mini 3 16GB, both with Flappy Bird installed. With 76 bidsm the going-rate for the pair has now reached £150,300 (€180,870).

Another user benm142685 has listed an Excelvan seven-inch tablet with the game, currently listed for £2,655, alongside many other pre-owned phones and tablets boasting the now deleted game.

Over in the US, user poloricansfa is selling their iPhone 5S complete with Flappy Bird, with bids currently reaching $16,200.

It is unknown whether the bids are fully genuine.

It is worth noting the app was free to download in the first place, and users who loaded it onto their devices prior to its withdrawl from app stores can continue to play the game without issue.

The devices being sold will be linked to their owner's app account, meaning those who purchase them to specifically play the game may run into difficulty.

On Saturday creator Dong Nguyen announced his decision to withdraw the app, saying unwanted attention generated by the phenomenally successful game had ruined his "simple life".

Mr Nguyen, who is based in Vietnam, said his decision was not related to legal issues, but that he "just cannot keep it anymore" [sic].

He said he will continue to make games, and that he would not be selling the app, which makes an estimated $50,000 per day in advertising revenue.

The game, which involves tapping your device's screen to propel a small bird through a series of strategically placed pipes, has been a huge success in recent months.

However the app has also received criticism for its unprecedented popularity. Despite being released in May 2013, the app did not start receiving high download volumes until December last year. Speculation is rife that bots have been deployed to download the app thousands of times and falsely propel the game up the download charts.

When contacted by The Telegraph Mr Nguyen refused to deny the claims, saying "I respect all other people opinions. I won't give any comment to this article. I'd like to make my games in peace." [sic].

Telegraph.co.uk

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