The IOS and Android game which rose to the top of Apple’s respective app stores has been removed by the developer, saying he “cannot take it” anymore.
Dong Nguyen, the developer of hit iPhone game Flappy Bird removed the app on Sunday evening. He stated that the game was just ‘too addictive’.
The game where you have to navigate a bird through Mario-style pipes without hitting them and dying, rocketed to the number 1 spot for free games on iTunes and in other app stores after being released.
The app was downloaded over 50 million times this year, but the fame it gave to the creator was not something he wanted and it became too much for him to handle he had said.
The game is popular amongst the younger generation. Some students spoke about the game:
The owner of the game tweeted the day before removing the app, stating that he was going to remove it. Some people thought this was just a marketing scheme until he later pulled the plug on it.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore” – Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird developer.
After making the announcement on his twitter, he received a bad response from fans, including death threats on twitter. One of his followers wrote “You best not be deleting Flappy Bird because I will murder you if you do”. Nguyen currently has 50k followers on Twitter.
The game was bringing an income of £30,467 a day from the adverts that appeared on the free game.
There has been speculation that the game was pulled down due to large amounts of hate mail that he received, these included claims that he had stolen ideas for the game from other applications.
Nguyen, the developer said that the problem was “nothing to do with legal issues” and he refused to sell the game.
Since the game has been taken down, an iPhone on eBay with the app still installed is going for around $80,000. There are still rumours that Flappy Bird will be released in the future due to high demand.