Flappy Bird breaks 50M downloads, generates $50K per day

flappy-bird1514Flappy Bird, the unexpected smash hit from Dong Nguyen of dotGears, is breaking records for its atmospheric climb to the top of iOS App Store charts. Not only does Dong have the #1 app on the free iOS Apps list, his other games have risen to #4 and #11, an unprecedented feat for an indie developer.What makes Dong’s story so interesting is that he did no advertising for his apps. He coded them, dropped them in the App Store and that was it. Flappy Bird’s success is completely viral in nature and not the result of clever marketing. It was noticed, shared on social networks and took off, similar to other viral hits like biting baby Charlie and Gangnam style.

Dong broke his silence and spoke to The Verge about his success and confirmed the app has been downloaded over 50 million times from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The app is free, but ad-supported and the ads are generating Dong an impressive $50,000 each day. He has accumulated almost 600,000 ratings and 56,000 reviews in the iOS App Store, most of which were in the past few weeks.

Flappy Bird is is known for its 8-bit graphics and difficult gameplay that challenges players to fly a bird through a pipe maze. It took Dong a few after-work coding sessions to complete the app and he has no plans to change or update it.

“Flappy Bird has reached a state where anything added to the game will ruin it somehow, so I’d like to leave it as is,” he says “I will think about a sequel but I’m not sure about the timeline.”

Dong intends to develop additional games with his next project focusing on the Jetpack Joyride genre. It’ll be interesting to see if his other arcade style titles catch on like Flappy Bird did.

Like this post? Share it!

Categories: FlappyBird, iOS Apps

  • mike

    stupid as hell

  • Gautam

    That’s such an awesome story.

    My best score is a paltry 17 so far. What’s your best score?

    Warning: It’s highly addictive, so don’t play it if you haven’t already.

    • Patrick Perea

      62, but it was just a fluke. And yes, very addictive.

      • Gautam

        That’s awesome.

  • Marvellous Mayhem

    6 is my highest score before I deleted the app cos it is painfully difficult

    • Steve Heller

      Jep, same here!

    • BMWIIIMPower

      I only got 2 and then deleted it. lol

    • Imad Tad

      LOL After reading your comments , guys i’m deleting it after 1 game .

  • Mufasa

    Sprites for the bird and pipes look like they were ripped from super Mario world and changed slightly.

    • Hopstradamus

      My thoughts exactly. I wonder how long before Nintendo sues this kid for a chunk of his change. All of this publicity will most certainly bring it to their attention

  • toker


    • Gautam


  • BMWIIIMPower

    I think the nature of this “Super Mario” looking game just goes to show that if Nintendo were to release games on iOS… it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea. Jus sayin’….

  • BMWIIIMPower

    …. I gotta learn how to make apps.

  • Avid observer

    98 son!! Pardon the pic but it’s my only proof!

    • John714

      photo shopped

  • Sako

    After I fail it goes back to springboard, is anyone having same issue?

  • disqus_77Yuit30ko

    i have 212!

    • Avid observer

      Show off! ; )

      • Syphon

        Probably edited his high score file, it’d be more believable if he had it both on score and best :)

  • Yahya

    guys play Kataar on ios and android u will find something new..

  • Yahya

    new and different only for people who want new concept