Dong Nguyen, creator of mobile phenomenon Flappy Bird, has announced via Twitter that he is removing the infuriatingly addictive game from app stores.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.” Said Nguyen, before clarifying his decision. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask. And I still make games.”
Flappy Bird was originally launched on iOS back in May 2013 but only gained its incredible popularity in the last few weeks. The game has reportedly been downloaded over 50 million times and over the last week has been making around $50k a day from in-game ads.
Despite its success, the game appears to have had a negative effect on Nguyen’s personal life, he tweeted earlier today saying:
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
Since the announcement concerning the games removal, Nguyen has stated that he will continue to make games and that he is not selling Flappy Bird.