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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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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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John February 10 2014 at 2:24 PM

maybe he pulled cause it sure as hell looks like some Mario levels! Guess he got calls from dim-tendo to pull it or else!

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JS68DUECE February 10 2014 at 2:34 PM

****, ill take it over and let it " ruin" my life with 50 g a day OKAY

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ajr_rocks February 10 2014 at 3:23 PM

he's just taking it off just to put it back on and make even more money

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GoldLions February 10 2014 at 4:11 PM

Nguyen killed his own golden goose?

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kellynfreeman February 10 2014 at 3:38 PM

the guy was pulling in 18 Million a year.. why didn't he just sell the game ?
The snapchat guy turned down 4 billion and his company isn't even turing a profit yet.

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Briang9581 February 10 2014 at 4:27 PM

Nguyen still wants to create games. He just hopes nobody plays them.

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notnnword February 10 2014 at 4:50 PM

Do you have any grrapes?

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linda.marshall4 February 10 2014 at 4:56 PM

Bull!! You can move, change your phone number etc. If you don't want the money ,donate it. I would not know who he was if he sat on my lap. There's more to this!

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mdelgadillogns linda.marshall4 February 10 2014 at 6:47 PM

Yup, I smell a publicity stunt. How about you?

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jbaer10314 February 10 2014 at 5:32 PM

Ruined his life? That sounds kind of drastic...

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aronpuma jbaer10314 February 10 2014 at 10:43 PM

But it is entirely plausible. He probably came into the possession of a lot of money and as the creator of the game he clearly lost all of his privacy. Both can be quite surreal and occasionally traumatic when it happens all at once.

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