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  • 11 February 2014, 16:21

Flappy Bird Fans 'Bid Thousands' For Game

Mobile and tablet devices pre-loaded with the popular app Flappy Bird have attracted bids of more than 83,000 on eBay, after the game was withdrawn by its creator.

The hit game was removed from Apple's App Store and Google Play on Sunday by its Vietnamese inventor, Dong Nguyen, who had previously announced his decision on Twitter.

Gamers that already have Flappy Birds on their mobiles are looking to exploit its popularity by offering their devices for sale on eBay, attracting bids from 400 to 83,000.

It is not clear whether bids are genuine, but an eBay spokesman suggested they were unlikely to allow the transactions anyway.

"Ensuring a good customer experience is our top priority and we are in the process of removing listings for these devices, as they do not meet a number of our requirements," he said.

"In particular, devices such as tablets and mobiles must be completely reset to factory condition before being sold on eBay."

The exact reason for the game's withdrawal is not known, but Nguyen indicated legal issues were not to blame.

Nintendo also denied claims that a legal challenge it issued had led to the game's withdrawal. Spokesman Yasuhiro Minagawa told the Wall Street Journal: "While we usually do not comment on the rumours and speculations, we have already denied the speculation."

Launched in May 2013, the game was free to download and required players to tap the screen to keep the bird flying through an endless series of pipes.

Despite its simple graphics, it was widely known as an extremely difficult game, since many users could only keep the bird in the air for seconds before it hit the ground.

Flappy Bird was one of the most downloaded mobile games ever. It topped the free games charts on both Apple and Google's online stores, making it the year's most popular mobile game so far.

The official game is no longer available to download online, but it still works on mobile devices that have previously installed it.

On Twitter, fans of the game have been using hashtags of #RIPFlappyBird and #SaveFlappyBird, to raise awareness and encourage support for the return of the game.

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