Flappy Bird creator might have been spooked by legal issues

Flappy Bird creator might have been spooked by legal issues
By now, we all now the story of Flappy Bird, the simple, yet addictive game, that Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen pulled out of app stores around the world. The game was allegedly bringing Nguyen $50,000 a day from ad revenue, a pace that would have made him a multi-millionaire before too long. Yet, he would have us believe that the success of the game overwhelmed him. Instead of signing deals to license the character for shirts, lunch boxes and a weekly television series, Nguyen wants everyone to pretend that Flappy Bird never happened.

But there might have been more than just the pressure of success that was eating at Nguyen. According to a report published on Monday, the developer had received a letter from Nintendo. The Japanese game developer wrote Nguyen to warn him that the pipes used in Flappy Bird, along with some other background art, appeared to be taken directly from Nintendo's Super Mario games. The Flappy Bird developer had previously denied copying others in the creation of his game.

While Nintendo won't confirm or deny that it had sent a letter, Nguyen apparently avoided legal problems with Nintendo by taking the game down. But that might not save him from another problem. Another report out of Vietnam reveals that the country’s Ministry of Finance is looking into Nguyen's earnings to see if he owes Vietnam some income tax.

source: VNExpress (translated), Forbes

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34 Comments

1. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Doesn't surprise me in the least - apart from the "bird", everything else was nearly identical (in terms of visuals) to old school Mario games....

10. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

It was so obvious.. Nintendo said "Take it down, do not mention us and we will not sue you for a bazzilion dollars'.. He's like, ok, i hate that game anyways

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Actually story is different. Looks like he didn't passed 1Pipe. That's a reason behind that. It's okay dude chill, we understand your feelings. Can't believe didn't passed 1 pipe and that brings that much impact.

24. serrano989

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

The "bird" was copied as well. Just google Mario fish.

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's OK... Just let MS buy FB, they can take care of all the legal issues, and make the game a Lumia exclusive for 6 months... That'll work...

20. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

*Facepalm

29. Sauce unregistered

Good, I'm sick of feeling bad for WP lack of exclusives, let alone actual apps. Trolllololololol

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

He alone put pressure on Nintendo, if the case is true.

27. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

how did he put pressure on Nintendo it's the other way if that's the case

4. ronenmendez

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 12, 2013

Nintendo actually said otherwise. Can't post links, but check WSJ.com

18. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

Here is a Macrumors that someone sent me. http://www.macrumors.com/2014/02/10/nintendo-flappy-bird/

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Why is everybody in Vietnam Nguyen? Just like everyone in the Koreas are Kim's.

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

and parks

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Nguyen (and Ng) is the Smith or Jones of English speaking countries, or the Silva of Brazil. It's merely an extremely common surname. Keep your ignorant racisim to yourself.

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I'm not a racist... Was just pointing an interesting fact. And if you watch any sports or news or whatever you see a lot mor Vietnamese Nguyens and Korean Kims than English Joneses or Smiths. So yeah

13. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Where was the racism? He probably should've said why are there so many Nguyen instead of saying everybody, but I didn't here any racism.

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Go easy on him he's just a kid

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

That's age racism :p

15. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Why is every black person in the US named Williams or Johnson? I'm black BTW. Am I racist?

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This is what pisses me off. You can't saying anymore without someone taking offense to it. Thanks for the response, it was needed with what planterz said.

19. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

DATS RACIST

25. bumstah

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

A lot of Lees in Chinese last names too.

32. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It goes back to the time when there were still Kings (or Emperor, Lord, whatever it's called). The Nguyen dynasty took over, then many people changed their last name to Nguyen to protect themselves from being assumed as "enemy" or "potential enemy". You know, it's better to appear friendly to the big boy, or else you may be bullied. Back when I was in high school (in the US), there were some testing rooms in which everyone was Nguyen, lol.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Yea, I'd agree on the Mario pipes but I wish they come to some sort of agreement.

8. palmguy

Posts: 977; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I was just getting into the game. I have it on my HP TouchPad/Android tablet, but I'm returning my basic black Moto X to get the ebony wood back. So no more Flappy Bird on my phone. Oh well, back to the old school Angry Birds. :)

11. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Or just sideload the apk...

16. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Touchpad! I remember that! Lol I miss webOS...

34. palmguy

Posts: 977; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Yep. TouchPad. And while waiting on the Moto maker to make and ship my phone I'm rocking the original Palm Pre on Sprint.

22. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

How those this guy get in legal trouble for green 8-bits pipes? when there are hundreds of super mario bros clones out there? Just because he got successful? Also does nintendo have some sort of trademark for those types of pipes? this feels like the "Candy" registration from CCS game.... We should protest and develop hundreds of apps that show Mario style pipes across the interface...

26. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

*does, not "those"

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