Flappy Bird, that both fun and irritating game, makes a lot of money off the in-game ads. If you still don’t know what Flappy Bird is, it’s a game where you try to maneuver through a series of pipes with a bird. That’s it. There’s no other plot or instructions. You just have to keep tapping the screen to keep the bird flying.
There’s no doubt that if you’ve played Flappy Bird, that you have seen the ads on the top of your screen ranging from other apps to services online. Every time you see that, the developer makes some money. Flappy Bird has had over 50 million downloads on both iOS and Android.
Speaking to The Verge, the developer, Dong Ngyuen, says that because of the 50 million downloads and every user seeing the ads, Flappy Bird makes him $50,000 a day. So in a week, that’s $350,000. For a typical 30-day month, that’s $1.5 million. Yes, that’s right, $1.5 million.
Everyone has been scratching their heads at how Flappy Bird came out of nowhere to both the iOS App Store’s and Android Google Play’s top #1 spot. But as Polygon put it, it’s proof that no one knows what people want to play these days. Even my mother, who is not a gamer, is playing Flappy Bird.
The one platform Flappy Bird is still not on is Windows Phone. However, the developer has said that it is coming to that platform soon.
@Kieranb8561 I could estimate 10 days from now. It has to be approved by Microsoft.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 1, 2014
If you still haven’t played Flappy Bird and want to both have fun and experience rage, download it at the source links.