Flappy Bird is perhaps the most copied game of the year, and the Vietnamese creator behind the defunct mobile app is finally going after the clones. Apple has been contacting developers of Flappy Bird lookalikes on behalf of .Gears Studio, which made the original game, saying they may be infringing on the creator's copyright. One such e-mail sent today that was obtained by Bloomberg was received by the developer of a similar-looking game called Duck Run. "This game violated our copyrights for the character of our famous game Flappy Bird," .Gears wrote in the complaint. Dong Nguyen and his Hanoi, Vietnam-based company didn't respond to multiple requests for comment. Todd Moore, who developed Duck Run, defended his game, saying it doesn't infringe on .Gears's intellectual property. Duck Run has been among the top 500 most-downloaded apps in 20 countries since it came out in February, according to research firm App Annie. Moore is also the creator of White Noise, a popular app to help … [Read more...] about Flappy Bird creator starts chasing down clones
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The "Flappy Bird" game is deceptively simple: Users tap smartphone screens to make a bird fly through gaps in pipes to score points. Anytime the bird hits a pipe or drops to the ground, the game ends. Fans post their scores on Facebook Inc. The Hanoi developer who removed his "Flappy Bird" game from app stores after becoming a global sensation and earning as much as $50,000 a day experienced the kind of success few individual programmers encounter. Nguyen Ha Dong, creator of the difficult game with a simple design that shot to the top of the most-popular download rankings, removed "Flappy Bird" from Apple (AAPL) Inc. and Google (GOOG) Inc. online stores this past weekend. He said in a Twitter Inc. message that the game "ruins my simple life." Dong, who said on Twitter he has been a programmer for 10 years, didn't answer repeated calls or text messages to his mobile phone today. Yet his success, viewed as an anomaly by industry insiders, could be a boost to Vietnam's fledgling … [Read more...] about ‘Flappy Bird’ grounded as Vietnamese developer pulls plug on app
VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Ha Dong, the father of Flappy Bird, the online game which had set records for the number of downloads at the world’s most popular app stores, has created another game called Swing Copters 2. Swing Copters 2 was launched recently, which marks the comeback of Dong, after he unexpectedly pulled down Flappy Bird, a blockbuster which made billions of dong from app stores. However, the topic of discussion on gamers’ forums now is not how difficult Swing Copters 2 is, but why the game has not been available for Vietnamese. A lot of Vietnamese gamers have not been able to download Swing Copters 2 from App Store,. An expert noted Swing Copters 2 cannot be downloaded to accounts in Vietnam. Vietnamese have to register accounts in the US and access the app store reserved for the US market. Some analysts noted that by blocking downloads to the accounts in Vietnam, Dong seems to be less interested in the Vietnamese market, following arguments about … [Read more...] about Flappy Bird’s creator’s new online game still not available in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - Two years have elapsed since Nguyen Ha Dong roused the world gamer community with his Flappy Bird. But the name Nguyen Ha Dong has always been hot. Dong has written on his Facebook page that Guinness World Records on January 18 will announce the recognition of Flappy Bird as the "first app to be withdrawn after topping Apple App Store's chart". Dong reported the news in a calm manner; he has received a lot of congratulations, which have also come in a quiet way. "So Flappy Bird and I were named in the Guinness Record Book for a record that doesn’t make any sense," he wrote on his Facebook. However, Flappy Bird is still a life achievement for him. Flappy Bird became popular all over the world in early 2013. It was believed to help Dong earn $50,000 a day. Flappy Bird became popular all over the world in early 2013. It was believed to help Dong earn $50,000 a day. However, Dong unexpectedly decided to pull down Flappy Bird from Apple app store in … [Read more...] about “Flappy Bird is still a life achievement to me”: Nguyen Ha Dong
VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of Flappy Bird, who earned big money with the game, has declared his income to pay the corporate income tax of VND1.4 billion. With the current legal framework, it is difficult to collect tax from e-commerce and from individuals who have income from e-commerce activities, Nguyen Quang Tien, deputy head of the the General Department of Taxation’s (GDT) Tax Renovation Committee, admitted. However, he stressed this must be put under control. A lawyer noted that a lot of sources of income are not subject to taxation under current laws. It is impossible to tax an individual who has income from bitcoin trading. Bitcoin is not recognized by the State Bank as a currency in Vietnam. The current laws also do not recognize digital money as a type of asset. However, other laws stipulate that Vietnamese citizens and institutions can do types of business which are not prohibited. Therefore, in this case, bitcoin trading cannot be subject … [Read more...] about Does Flappy Bird creator have to pay tax?