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Success doesn’t have to mean private disaster

February 17, 2014

Good post by a friend of mine about the perils of surprise successes.

Less shitty than it could be

I would like to write about the Flappy Birds story.

Backstory: Flappy Bird was a very successful, simple mobile game. It created a lot of controversy because of duplicating Nintendo’s Mario art style, being a clone, being a hard game, being a successful game etc. There have also been accusations of it being a money laundering thing for the mafia or about the developer manipulating the app store rating. True or not, these are the usual accusations and discussions that you might expect about a game that suddenly gets very successful.

It’s creator, Dong Nguyen, a young Vietnamese man who created Flappy Birds as a test project, took down the game while it was generating about $ 50,000 per day. There has been a lot of discussion, more discussion and even more discussion  about why he closed this gold mine. His own tweets indicate that he couldn’t take…

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