Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen removed the hit game from the App Store over the weekend, and since then the value of iPhones that have the game installed have skyrocketed on eBay.
Dozens of people are now selling their iPhones on eBay at a premium price owing to the fact that the device has Flappy Bird installed. Some iPhones are going for as high as $20,000, just because they have a free, but now unavailable game installed. One iPhone listing in fact received bids upwards of $100,000.
It’s still unclear if this listings are genuine, and more importantly, if the bidders are legitimate buyers.
What’s strange is that if buyers are indeed legitimate, they’d already have downloaded Flappy Bird from their iTunes account at least once. They can easily download the game again, even after it’s removed, from the Purchases tab in the App Store.
Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, removed the game from the App Store saying that it got him success and attention that he didn’t want. He also clarified that the removal of the game wasn’t related to any legal issue, and he doesn’t plan to sell it either.
This whole thing is as bizarre and unexpected as Flappy Bird’s atmospheric rise, and its quick removal from the App Store. Let us know what you think in the comments below.