Flappy Bird: phones selling for £50,000 on eBay after creator Dong Nguyen pulls game from app stores

Creator pulled game after Flappy Bird fame became too much to bear

As the world is left bereft of fast-tapping, pipe jumping action following the death of Flappy Bird, iPhones with the game still installed have popped up on eBay and are selling for thousands.

The immensely popular side-scrolling game, which has been downloaded more than 50 million times, was pulled from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store after its Vietnam-based creator, Dong Nguyen, said the fame it had brought him 'ruins my simple life'.

Ebay sellers were quick to cash-in on Flappy Bird addiction however, immediately listing hundreds of iPhones and other devices with the game still playable, with one rocketing up to an eye-watering $80,500 (about £50,000).

The linear game sees users navigate a system of tubes of varying heights by flapping a bird's wings - that is literally the extent of the gameplay and there is no second half to this sentence.

Read more: Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen now receiving death threats on Twitter

Despite having earned him as much as $50,000 a day from advertising revenue, Nguyen decided to pull the game at the end of last week, posting on his @dongatory Twitter account: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.

"It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore," he added, having pleaded earlier in the week: "Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace."

Launched in May 2013, the notoriously difficult Flappy Bird took Nguyen just two or three days to make and has spawned a number of similar titles including 'Happy Bird' and 'Fly Birdie'.

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