“If you were distressed when the popular-but-somehow-controversial Flappy Bird was removed from Apple’s App Store and Google Play over the weekend, there are plenty of people looking to profit from your despair,” Andrew Cunningham reports for Ars Technica.
“Since the game was pulled, thousands of iPhones have cropped up on eBay advertising that they’ve got the game installed, with prices ranging from the hundreds into the tens of thousands,” Cunningham reports. “As with any eBay gold rush, many of the listings (and the bids on the listings) are bound to be fraudulent. It didn’t take long for Ars Gaming Editor Kyle Orland to find a whole mess of suspicious-looking completed listings, all sold for several thousand dollars by accounts with little or no feedback.”
“According to the LA Times, some of the Flappy Bird phone listings have been canceled by eBay for violating the site’s policies. One seller received an e-mail message from eBay stating that “smartphones and tablets must be restored to factory settings” before they can be listed, which of course involves deleting any data and applications stored on the devices,” Cunningham reports. “The policy is only apparently being enforced in some cases, though…”
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