Opportunistic eBayers have started listing smartphones installed with app sensation Flappy Bird after the addictive game was removed from the iOS and Android app stores.
With Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen having pulled the app from sale last night stating “I can’t take it anymore,” those looking to earn a quick buck have attempted to sell their Flappy Bird hosting handsets, with some listed on eBay for as much as £20,000.
At the time of writing, a Flappy Bird hosting Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is listed with a £20,000 Buy it Now price. According to the product listing page, one offer of a lower sum has already been rejected.
Amazingly, for this frankly farcical fee, you don’t even get a new, or indeed cared for phone. The product description states: “Samsung Galaxy 4 mini with the app flappy bird installed. Rare! Phone is white. I have Vodafone sim card in it I am pretty sure it is unlocked but can’t be for certain! Happy bidding. Comes with box earphones and charger it is only 4 months old and has slight chips in corners which isn’t noticeable.”
Far from the only overpriced Flappy Bird installed phone available,
Having become the last app crazy, Flappy Bird was topping both the iOS and Android download charts at the time it was pulled, with reports claiming the app was generating a staggering $50,000 (£30,000) a day in ad revenue.
Revealing via Twitter that Flappy Bird was to be pulled, Nguyen stated: “I can’t take this anymore.”
He added: ““Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.
“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.”