'Flappy Bird' creator pulls popular game
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.