Flappy Bird Creator Is Pulling The Game Down
The creator of the popular iOS and Android game Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, has decided to pull the game from iTunes and the Android marketplace.
I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
And I still make games.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
Nguyen tweeted out his plans for Flappy Bird saying he will not sell the game and its pending disappearance is not related to legal issues surrounding the game. Rather, he said, "I cannot take it anymore."
Flappy Bird has seen a lot of success on iTunes, but has been dismissed and ridiculed by some gamers. The game still retains its number one spot on iTunes' free apps section. Earlier today, Nguyen said he has come to hate the game. He also requested peace from it earlier this week.
I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 4, 2014
The game is still alive on iTunes if you'd like to download it before Nguyen pulls it You can grab it from iTunes here, and here for Android devices.
[Source: @dongatory, via: Kotaku]
Regardless of your personal thoughts on Flappy Bird, to see a creator decide to abandon his creation as a result of its notoriety is disappointing to see. I downloaded the game and played a few times, but deleted it as I didn't see myself revisiting the game. I hope Nguyen sees more success in the future, but on his own terms.