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'Flappy Bird' creator pulls popular game

Goodbye, Flappy Bird?


Some surprising news from 'Flappy Bird' creator Dong Nguyen threw fans for a loop this weekend.

Nguyen pulled the game from Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store on Sunday night, though anyone who already downloaded it can keep playing. (Never downloaded 'Flappy' but still want to play? Android and iPhones pre-loaded with the app are available ... if you don't mind dropping between $900-$1,499 on eBay. )

On Saturday, Dong Nguyen tweeted 'I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.' That tweet has already racked up over 50,000 retweets.

So what's the 'this' Nguyen is referring to? Owen Good of Kotaku says it's likely the popularity of the game. 'Earlier this week, Nguyen pleaded over Twitter for everyone to 'please give me peace,' saying the notoriety over creating the game is 'something I never want.''

To give you an idea of that notoriety, a report by The Verge on Wednesday said the app, which displays mobile advertisements during gameplay, brings in a whopping $50,000 a day.

The game has been downloaded more than 10 million times - and that's just on Android devices.

Hours before his announcement, Nguyen seemed to be a little bothered by the popularity. He tweeted: 'I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.'

Though it won't receive updates after being pulled, the game will still function.

Nguyen sent out a few more tweets following his original announcement - he says he will still create games, and doesn't plan to sell Flappy Bird.


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Cori February 11 2014 at 11:24 AM

I heard he pulled it because so many people were bothering him over the pipes because they looked like the Mario pipes.

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john February 11 2014 at 1:36 AM

This dude is really as smart as they come, lol, he says he,s taking down site / app due to to much attention / to well known no peace,etc.... well look at hat he's created now that he did this ? Hmmmmm, now he will make a mint when he sells the app for millions AND he will create more games. And all will know who he is even more so , and anything he developed will get huge attention and be worth 50 times what its worth..... slick very slick. Move on his part...

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elrod.porkmore February 11 2014 at 1:29 AM

looks strangely familiar to most super Mario games, I bet that's why it was yanked

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bronxputo February 10 2014 at 11:54 PM

Wtf is a flappy bird???

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henrys70 February 10 2014 at 11:52 PM

That game is not my cup of tea.

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spokajo February 10 2014 at 10:31 PM

He'll sell it if the price is right and he doesn't have to do anything with it any more. Gunna go for a lot of money.

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aronpuma February 10 2014 at 10:40 PM

Not all people see money as the end goal of life, and I doubt he does if he is pulling the game from the market

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tgalvarez30 February 10 2014 at 9:32 PM

It's definitely coming back just not free.

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Ellen February 10 2014 at 8:37 PM

smart phones are a waste .. like the game and the person who created it.. get a life people

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liquidwallpaper February 10 2014 at 7:43 PM

Give me a break, this is a publicity stunt to bring the game back and quadruple his fan base. Only idiots would not see that. It's a stupid video game for crying out loud. Who would pay 1000 dollars for it on ebay?

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aronpuma February 10 2014 at 10:41 PM

To be fair, it is incredibly addicting and human's of our society tend to act on impulses

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bensamonkey1103 February 10 2014 at 6:55 PM

if you are not looking for notoriety, than stay away from the public eye

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