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#FlappyBird : Game’s own developer finally bought the matching domain on #Sedo

You might be wondering why Sedo just reported the sale of FlappyBird.com for $35,000 dollars.

It all started in 2013 when Vietnamese programmer Dong Nguyen created the game Flappy Bird. Within 1 year, it had over 50 million downloads, and the app was making Dong $50,000 a day in ad revenue.

The game sparked clones like Flappy Turd, Flappy Obama, and eventually sites that you could create your own Flap using any image you uploaded.

With 50 million downloads, people, and corporations, started to take notice. One in particular was most likely Nintendo: The tubes in Flappy Bird looked oddly similar to the tubes in Super Mario!

But there was a bigger controversy: Flappy Bird is very similar to a game released in 2011 (two years before Flappy Bird) called Piou Piou vs. Cactus.

Both the gameplay (tapping on the screen) and the main character design (a small yellow bird with big red beak) along with the obstacles (green cacti and pipes) are very similar.

Dong abruptly removed the app from Itunes, citing that his earnings and sudden fame interfered with his ability to live a normal life, and the game was gone as quickly as it appeared.

During the entire adventure, Dong never actually owned the domain FlappyBird.com and it eventually made its way into the hands of a domainer, who listed it for sale on Sedo. Seven years later, the domain was probably still getting thousands of uniques per day.

The domain now forwards to DotGears.com, which is Dong Nguyen’s own games development studio; finally, the little Flappy Bird has arrived home. 😀

Kudos: Dale G.


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