Flappy Bird ‘to be taken down’ after ‘ruining creator’s life’
App sensation Flappy Bird looks set to be removed from the App Store after its creator said he hates it for ruining his ‘simple life’
Games developer Dong Nguyen took to Twitter to announce his decision to pull the plug on the addictive app, saying “I cannot take this anymore” [sic].
Mr Nguyen, who is based in Vietnam, said his decision was not related to legal issues, but that he “just cannot keep it anymore” [sic].
He said he will continue to make games, and that he would not be selling the app, which makes an estimated $50,000 per day in advertising revenue.
His decision triggered the creation of Twitter account named which posted an image of a direct message exchange with Mr Nguyen, in which he said he’d reconsider deleting the game “if you can show me that many people enjoy the game”.
It is worth noting an app which has been deleted by its creator is still available for use on a smartphone or tablet post-installation.
The game, which involves tapping your device’s screen to propel a small bird through a series of strategically placed pipes, has seen phenomenal success in recent months.
However the app has also received criticism for its unprecedented popularity. Despite being released in May 2013, the app did not start receiving high download volumes until December last year. Speculation is rife that bots have been deployed to download the app thousands of times and falsely propel the game up the download charts.
When contacted by The Telegraph Mr Nguyen refused to deny the claims, saying “I respect all other people opinions. I won’t give any comment to this article. I’d like to make my games in peace.” [sic].
Earlier this month, the creator spoke out against the unwelcome press attention garnered by his game’s success. He said: “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace”