Flappy Bird clones being rejected by Apple & Google as creators speak out

Monday, 17th February 2014 11:01 GMT By Dave Cook

Flappy Bird clones are now being rejected on the iOS App Store and Google Play following a wave of developers trying to cash-in or pay tribute to Dong Nguyen’s controversial game.

Last week; we reported that game creators were making their own takes on Flappy Bird in Flappy Jam, an event that saw teams purposely cloning the title as a way of offering moral support to Nguyen, who had earlier pulled the game from sale.

Now; Apple and Google have taken a harder stance on Flappy Bird clones following the saga, as several developers have found themselves stone-walled during the submission process.

Eurogamer has rounded up some Tweets from denied creators, after Apple blocked them for trying to, “leverage a popular app.” Google on the other hand is marking clone submissions as “spam.”

It seems a bit ‘rich’ given there are tons of less-profiled clones making their way through the submission processes of both stores without any resistance. Flappy Dragon developer Ken Carpenter agreed on Twitter, stating:

Carpenter’s clone also failed to pass Google submission suggesting that the party is over for the Flappy Jam initiative.

He added that Gooogle rejected his clone off the bat:

A quick tour of Twitter reveals that Carpenter is not alone in this, as other developers have spoken out regarding their clone’s denial.

What do you make of the matter?



  1. mistermogul

    Well maybe these creators should develop some original work of their own rather than cash in on other peoples success. That way they won’t run into problems the lazy bastards.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Tormenter

    As the companies would have us believe, this kind of IP infringement is considered theft (it’s not really, but they consider it so.).

    Personally I’d deny them any future submissions also.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Dragon

    That is, well, hard.
    The reason you will see many devs harping mobile over consoles/PC is because shit like this wont get any traction there, and really, most devs who aren’t in console/PC development is simply because their games are just not good enough. And they have the audacity to complain when their blatant rip-off of a rip-off is taken down.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. GrimRita

    You guys just haven’t a clue. It’s not like this doesn’t happen – cloning. If you carried your mind set, then Battlefield/COD are clones of Quake etc etc.

    Google and App(And Amazon) are just being total arseholes. People WANT to play flappy bird, they have allowed others to upload the same type of game, yet for the smaller developers, they tell them to fuck off.

    Flappy Bird isn’t around any more and I have seen excuses of ‘provide proof for use of the word flappy’ – I had no idea King copyright flappy as well as candy?!

    It’s typical Apple and Google slapping down the little guy while allowing several clones from ‘top developers’ to run awash with IAPs and other bull shit.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Sadismek

    If you want to play Flappy Bird you should’ve either got it when you had a chance, as the developer let the world know he was going to get the game down some while before actually doing it. Or download the .apk from the Almighty Internetz, there has to be one around.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Sadismek

    Also, add an edit button, pretty please?

    #6 10 months ago

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