Ellis Hamburger for The Verge:
In an interview with The Verge, Nguyen revealed that the game, which has been sitting atop the App Store and Google Play Store charts for nearly a month, is earning on average $50,000 a day from in-app ads…
…The app has been downloaded 50 million times, and has accumulated over 47,000 reviews in the App Store — as many as apps like Evernote and Gmail. Mobile games studios generally spend months coding up deliberately addictive and viral titles, but Nguyen did it by spending a few nights coding when he got home from work. link
First, truly, good for Nguyen, I hope this changes his life for the better, but second, is it me, or are App Store megahits that reach zeitgeist levels degrading exponentially as we go foward? I'm thinking Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga, and now Flappy Bird. I don't know what Flappy Bird's impact will be on games going forward, but as Charles Pratt writing for Polygon put it in his headline:
“Flappy Bird is proof that no one knows what the audience wants” link
I totally agree.