After the Flappy Birds was taken down, there were a lot of Flappy Bird clones; it seems that iTunes App Store and Google Play have started to filter out apps that contain the word “flappy.”
Mobile game developer Ken Carpenter of Mind Juice Media said on Twitter that his game, Flappy Dragon, was rejected by the iTunes authorization process because the app’s name “attempts to leverage a popular app.”
Carpenter makes a point that the iTunes App Store currently still hosts plenty of clones, like Flappy Bee, Flappy Plane, Flappy Bird Flyer, etc. but isn’t accepting more apps with the word “flappy” in the title anymore.
Not only Carpenter, some of other developers have faced the same issue when trying to use the word “flappy” on Google Play as well. Carpenter said that he’s resubmitting his game to iTunes with the title “Derpy Dragon.”
The resubmission of Derpy Dragon on iTunes is still Waiting for Review after ~3 days. Normally a resubmit is reviewed pretty quickly. #derp
— Ken Carpenter (@MindJuiceMedia) February 18, 2014
Dong Nguyen, the creator of the simple but viciously ‘difficult Flappy Bird’ pulled the game from app store on February 9th.
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