Smartphone surprise success Flappy Bird earns $50K per dayThe free smartphone game for iOS and Android that's sucking up all of your spare time is also earning an astounding $50,000 in daily ad revenue.
Flappy Bird, the newest and most savagely addicting smartphone game to have taken the mobile market by storm, is earning $50,000 in ad revenue each day, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen revealed Wednesday in an interview with The Verge.
While that's nothing compared with the insane $850,000 Candy Crush Saga -- the App Store's longtime leader in the top grossing charts -- earns UK developer King per day, it's certainly nothing to scoff at for a non-freemium game that was uploaded in May 2013, last updated in September, and remained virtually invisible for months. Flappy Bird relies on slightly distracting banner ads at the top and bottom of the screen to earn revenue. Nguyen disclosed that he has no intention of changing up that formula.