The entire Flappy Bird episode was amusing to say the least. Created by a Vietnamese developer, this infuriating game achieved global popularity within a few days and even started earning its developer as much as $50,000 in ad revenue every single day. A couple of weeks ago though developer Dong Nguyen said that he would be pulling the game shortly, and he did. Since then a number of Flappy Bird clones have made their way onto the App Store and Google Play Store, some clones on the latter were actually found to be full of malware. According to reports, both Apple and Google have now begun clamping down on apps that have “flappy” in their titles.
Game designer Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media told TechCrunch that Apple rejected his “Flappy Dragon” app, the company said: “we found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app,” according to Carpenter. He also received the same treatment from Google, which rejected this very application from being listed on the Play Store. Other developers have taken to social media to vent their frustration against both Apple and Google, who command the most lucrative of app markets. While both companies seem to be actively pursuing this policy change, they’ve not officially commented on it. One thing is for sure though, they don’t seem to want users being confused by Flappy Bird clones, which are now a dime a dozen.