The CEO of Internet behemoth Google had a chit-chat with the Vietnamese viral mobile game creator at a sidewalk café in Hanoi on Tuesday, an unorthodox meeting between two global tech industry players. Sundar Pichai was visiting the Vietnamese capital city, where Nguyen Ha Dong, the developer behind the mobile game sensation Flappy Bird, is based, so the Indian-born technology executive decided that they should meet. Pichai and Dong were pictured sitting on plastic stools drinking iced lemon tea, one of the most popular drinks in Hanoi, synonymous with Vietnamese culture and it was unlikely that they discussed anything other than technology. Vietnamese technology newswire ICTNews said the two talked Google, game development, and startups during the meeting that was also joined by a mutual friend of theirs. They paid VND55,000 (US$2.46) for three glasses of iced lemon tea and a dish of dried sunflower seeds. The two also updated their meeting on Facebook and Twitter. … [Read more...] about Google CEO chats with Mr. Flappy Bird on Hanoi sidewalk
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VietNamNet Bridge – Nguyen Ha Dong, the father of “Flappy bird,” the game that has caused a global fever, left a message on his Twitter Dong Nguyen--on February 8 night that he would take down the game from App Store and Google Play. Vietnamesegame makes the gamers’ world feverish “I am sorry Flappy Bird’s users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy bird down. I cannot take this anymore,” he wrote in the message. Dong affirmed that the decision does not relate to any legal issues. He just cannot keep it anymore. He also affirmed that he will not sell Flappy Bird and he will continue making games. Some foreign newspapers have raised the doubts that Dong copied the ideas of other foreign made games. Prior to that, Dong said on local newspapers that it took him 2-3 days only to make Flappy Bird and he used the graphics of some … [Read more...] about Ha Dong unexpectedly “declares death” for Flappy Bird
VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Ha Dong, the father of Flappy Bird, the online game which had set records for the number of downloads at the world’s most popular app stores, has created another game called Swing Copters 2. Swing Copters 2 was launched recently, which marks the comeback of Dong, after he unexpectedly pulled down Flappy Bird, a blockbuster which made billions of dong from app stores. However, the topic of discussion on gamers’ forums now is not how difficult Swing Copters 2 is, but why the game has not been available for Vietnamese. A lot of Vietnamese gamers have not been able to download Swing Copters 2 from App Store,. An expert noted Swing Copters 2 cannot be downloaded to accounts in Vietnam. Vietnamese have to register accounts in the US and access the app store reserved for the US market. Some analysts noted that by blocking downloads to the accounts in Vietnam, Dong seems to be less interested in the Vietnamese market, following arguments … [Read more...] about Flappy Bird’s creator’s new online game still not available in Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge - Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of Flappy Bird, who earned big money with the game, has declared his income to pay the corporate income tax of VND1.4 billion. Flappy Bird's author pays VND1.4 billion in personal income tax With the current legal framework, it is difficult to collect tax from e-commerce and from individuals who have income from e-commerce activities, Nguyen Quang Tien, deputy head of the the General Department of Taxation’s (GDT) Tax Renovation Committee, admitted. However, he stressed this must be put under control. A lawyer noted that a lot of sources of income are not subject to taxation under current laws. It is impossible to tax an individual who has income from bitcoin trading. Bitcoin is not recognized by the State Bank as a currency in Vietnam. The current laws also do not recognize digital money as a type of asset. However, other laws stipulate that Vietnamese citizens and institutions can do types of business which are not prohibited. … [Read more...] about Does Flappy Bird creator have to pay tax?
VietNamNet Bridge - Two years have elapsed since Nguyen Ha Dong roused the world gamer community with his Flappy Bird. But the name Nguyen Ha Dong has always been hot. Dong has written on his Facebook page that Guinness World Records on January 18 will announce the recognition of Flappy Bird as the “first app to be withdrawn after topping Apple App Store's chart”. Dong reported the news in a calm manner; he has received a lot of congratulations, which have also come in a quiet way. “So Flappy Bird and I were named in the Guinness Record Book for a record that doesn’t make any sense,” he wrote on his Facebook. However, Flappy Bird is still a life achievement for him. Flappy Bird became popular all over the world in early 2013. It was believed to help Dong earn $50,000 a day. However, he still leads a very busy life. With his hard work, a new game has been brought into life - Swing Copters 2. Swing Copters 2 is the next version of Swing … [Read more...] about “Flappy Bird is still a life achievement to me”: Nguyen Ha Dong