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iPhones with Flappy Bird pre-installed are getting bids for $99,000 on eBay

In case you missed the news, the creator of Flappy Bird -- Dong Nguyen -- decided to remove the bizarrely popular iOS game from the App Store this Sunday. While Nguyen didn't give a specific reason as to why he decided to forgo US$50,000 a day in ad revenue, he did mention via Twitter that he wasn't removing the game for legal reasons and that he simply "cannot take this anymore," perhaps alluding to the avalanche of attention that greeted him once his app shot to the top of the App Store charts.

Nguyen also made a point of noting that Flappy Bird wasn't being put up for sale to other developers.

In the wake of Flappy Bird's removal from the App Store, Monday morning saw a few eBay auctions spring up featuring iPhones with Flappy Bird already installed. In bids that I can only pray are in jest, some auctions have bids that are as high as $99,000.

For example, here's one listing with a current bid of $98,100 and another with a current bid of $5,000.

Now are these bids legitimate? Again, I can only hope not, but given that people actually bought the "I am Rich" app for $999, who's to say.

Has there ever been a more overhyped game in the history of the iPhone? iFart is the only competition that comes to mind.

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