Flappy Bird Coming Back, But Not Soon: Creator Dong Nguyen

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Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 09:56 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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The viral smartphone app Flappy Bird soared to success only to have its wings clipped by its creator last month, but it was revealed Wednesday that the yellow bird will return.

But, disappointingly, not anytime soon.

Dong Nguyen, the app's creator, responded affirmatively to a question on Twitter asking if the game will be put back on Apple's app store, according to ABC News.

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Though the news comes with the "not soon" caveat, fans are hopeful for the first time since the game's demise in February. Back then, Nguyen told Forbes the game had become "an addictive product" and "a problem." He said that it would be "gone forever."

The app was released in May and surged to popularity in December — becoming the most downloaded app in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play store for Android.

But by February, Nguyen had enough. He tweeted this shortly before taking down the game:

Hours later, knock-off Flappy Bird games started flooding app stores. Because the game is simplistic — tap the screen to guide the little bird through a maze of pipes and be careful not to crash — developers easily cashed in with their own versions.

According to CNN, a search for the word "flappy" on the Google Play store yields some 250 results, ranging from "Flappy Fish" and "Flappy Troll" to "Flappy Cat" and even "Flappy Bieber," named after pop star Justin Bieber.

Many speculated that Nguyen may have had legal worries about the potential copyright infringement of Nintendo's classic Mario Bros. game — which also has green pipes set against a blue-sky background. At the time Nguyen removed the app, it was reported that he was pulling in $50,000 a day in advertising.

Later, a Nintendo spokesperson said they never approached Nguyen.

"While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation," the spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal.

As the next chapter in the Flappy Bird story develops, fans are rejoicing, even without knowledge of a specific return date. At the very least, perhaps the Flappy Bird memorial artwork can now come down from eBay.

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