Apple and Google have both started rejecting games that have the word "Flappy" in the title on IP infringement grounds, developers are reporting.
After developer Dong Nguyen pulled Flappy Bird from iTunes and Google Play, it was the beginning of a massive proliferation of clones hoping to cash in on the craze. It seems, however, that Apple and Google aren't really down with it, though.
According to a report on TechCrunch, several games developers are having their "Flappy" games rejected or pulled from the app marketplaces.
This is just not my f***ing week: Rejected. "We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app." Which app? FB doesn't exist!?!?!— Ken Carpenter (@MindJuiceMedia) February 15, 2014
1. Rejected twice on Google Play 2. Rejected from App Store 3. Rejected from BC Interactive Fund award for $50K funding. #badweek— Ken Carpenter (@MindJuiceMedia) February 15, 2014
Apple said in an email to Carpenter, "We found that your app, and/or its metadata, contains content that could be misleading to users, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app."
Developer Kuyi Mobile also noted:
Other games that previously included the word "Flappy" in the title have also been noticed changing their names, although as you can see from the screenshot above, it certainly has not yet become a widespread phenomenon.
Boom! one more Flappy app just axed by Apple. Flappy removed from title. Ranks crashes out of top 10 instantly. pic.twitter.com/d9jUsgeXFG— Ouriel Ohayon (@OurielOhayon) February 16, 2014
And, although Carpenter notes that his game was also rejected from Google Play — with the company only citing "spam" and not going into detail — plenty of Flappy Bird clones remain live on the site.
CNET Australia has reached out to both Apple and Google for comment, and will update this story if we receive new information. In the meantime, cool your jets with the Flappy Jam on itch.io.