'Flappy Bird' taken down by developer
  • | Dtinews, Rappler | February 10, 2014 08:52 AM
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 The creator of the popular and highly addictive mobile game Flappy Bird has just taken down the game since early February 10.


Earlier, game developer Nguyen Ha Dong said in a tweet posted around 2 am on February 9 in his Twitter account @dongatory: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."

He says it is not anything related to legal issues. "I just cannot keep it anymore."

Game developer Nguyen Ha Dong
Dong also warned that he won't sell the game. However, he said he will still continue making games.

"Flappy Bird," first launched in May 2013, has a simple rule: help a bird flap through a path blocked by obstacles by tapping the screen to move it up and down. It has become a hit among smartphone users, from ordinary folk to celebrities.

Forbes's Paul Tassi reports Dong has received a lot of flak due to what many netizens say is a "pretty terrible game," but wondered if it could be the reason.

"This sort of move makes no rational sense as Dong has been reported to be bringing in $50,000 a day from in-app advertising revenue," Tassi writes.

The Vietnamese game developer, in his previous tweets, has lamented that the success of the game has taken a toll on his private life.

In a tweet Saturday, February 8, he said, "I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

He also said, in a tweet, that the media is "overrating" the game's success, and appealed to be left alone. "[Success] is something I never want. Please give me peace."

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