Flappy Bird Creator Says He’s Taking the Game Down Tomorrow–Why?


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In a shocking turn of events, the creator of Flappy Bird has announced on Twitter he will be removing his game from the App Store tomorrow.

The explanation is that the game is taking away from creator Dong Nguyen’s “simple life” and that he also will not be selling his game, which has amassed over 50 million iOS and Android downloads plus has recently been earning him over $50,000 per day. The news comes a day after the game received an update to its user interface and added new birds.

Ever since Flappy Bird became a viral hit, Carter Thomas from Blue Cloud Solutions, has long suspected the game was the result of something fishy (as we originally noted in our first piece on the game), whether it be bots pushing up its downloads or some other sort of scam.

Given the sudden move by the app’s solo developer to remove his app after raking in all those ad revenues—was Thomas onto something?

Members of the press have always wondered why the developer wanted to keep his private life quiet and refused interviews; could that be related to the fact the game have had its rankings cooked? Why take down a hugely profitable app? It doesn’t make sense at all. This announcement surely will result in another huge spike in last minute downloads–are we all being trolled right now?

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  • Based on the phrase “I can’t take this anymore”, and some of his other previous comments, it sounds like he doesn’t like the pressure of all the press contacting him for stories. Ironically, this announcement will probably incur even more attempts to contact him. I wonder if he thought that through?

  • Joseph

    He was a small time developer that admitted never achieving popularity in prior apps to this one. He also admitted ‘borrowing’ graphics for this game (evidently from Mario), which more than likely caught the attention of Nintendo within days of it becoming popular. He was likely asked to pull the app using some kind of leverage (like a lawsuit).

  • KLK

    Sounds like he has a bit of a anxiety issue and is quite introverted. I mean this could make him a bunch of quick cash, and will likely die out fade away quickly on it’s own. Not to mention it’s good thing to have a resume, that you sold millions of your app. He’s not going to be some superstar like he seems to be scared of. I’m sure in a few weeks or a month (whether the app is online or not) no one will think about it. He’ll probably regret not taking advantage of this opportunity eventually. All that said, it’s totally his choice, and maybe he has some very legitimate reason that I haven’t considered. To each their own.

  • He said on Twitter his decision wasn’t based on a legal matter involving the game.

  • It does sound like this is a bigger issue than what we know, I’m just surprised that’s all since the game got so big. Isn’t it a developer’s dream to create that killer app? But to throw it away so suddenly seems weird.

  • Yeah, this move just made his game even more popular. Could be a secret PR stunt??

  • einsteinbqat

    That’s what me is thinking!

  • Anon

    “..earning him over $50,000 per day.” It just doesn’t make any sense at all, and really seems stupid to pull an app that’s making that kind of money. Especially if there isn’t any legal issues.

  • Al

    “over $50,000 per day” … really? I know that comes from the developer himself, but… really? Colour me skeptical.