1/3 of New iOS Games Are ‘Flappy Bird’ Clones Reports Suggest
The popularity of the mobile app Flappy Bird is undeniable, with the simple game mechanic of tapping repeatedly to elevate a character who seems to be inept at flying and a background and theme that is distinctly Super Mario-esque, being one of the most downloaded titles from December 2013 to now. Several weeks ago however, the game’s developer Dong Nguyen removed the game from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play marketplace, generating an insurmountable amount of buzz and attention for the title had already been downloading to 50 million Android devices.
With Nguyen himself citing stress that stemmed from Flappy Bird’s popularity and addictive nature as a reason for the removal of super-profitable app, friends and sources claimed that he didn’t want to run the risk of being slapped with a lawsuit from Nintendo, due to their games’ similar art styles. Regardless of the reason that Flappy Bird was taken down though, the game’s removal left has left a huge gap in the app market that, as a new survey suggests, hundreds, if not, thousands of developers are still looking to fill.
At the height of the game’s popularity, right before Flappy Bird was taken down, the game was reportedly earning Dong Nguyen $50,000 in ad revenue per day, a remarkable feat for a one-man development project. With that figure in mind it makes sense that developers are looking to take over a slice of the market that Flappy Bird held, made all the more easier to recreate due to the game’s lack of extravagant gameplay, micro-transactions or processor-taxing graphics. In the past 24 hours alone, just under 300 new iOS games were released onto the App Store (293, specifically) and according to a analysis by Stuart Dredge, a journalist at British newspaper The Guardian, around 95 of those were obvious Flappy Bird clones.
It’s unsurprising really, considering in the same weekend where Nguyen warned fans that he was removing Flappy Bird, we saw several dozen new Flappy-related games hit the market.
[Credit: Game Rant]