After pulling out his ultra popular app Flappy Bird from the App Store back in February, Vietnamese programmer Dong Nguyen speaks out the reason behind his decision of pulling the plug. Aside from the overwhelming attention of the press, Nguyen revealed the suffocating effects of his newly found fame and fortune.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users," Nguyen's last tweet before pulling out the app. "22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."
His Twitter message was retweeted more than 145,000 times by fans who can't believe that Flappy Bird is going to face its sudden death. And as promised, Nguyen pulled the plug on Feb. 10. Before its demise, the game was the most downloaded free game in the iOS App Store was earning $50,000 a day from in-app advertisements.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the shy creator of Flappy Bird was deeply concerned when he began receiving messages from parents and Flappy Bird players. The maddening effect of the game is what triggered the popular phenomenon, a game so simple yet so hard to achieved.
One woman even told him that the game was "distracting the children of the world." When asked the reason behind his game, the celebrity geek revealed that he is "just making something fun to share with other people."
"I couldn't predict the success of Flappy Bird," says Nguyen in an interview of Rolling Stone's David Kushner. "I can't go back to my life before, but I'm good now."
The massive success of Flappy Bird is more than too much for him to handle and school children who allegedly smashed their phones out of their frustrations is no longer his control. "At first I thought they were just joking," he said. "But I realize they really hurt themselves."
When asked about the fate of Flappy Bird, the 28-year-old-Hanoi-based game designer revealed that he is considering a rebirth of the popular app. "I'm considering it," Nguyen said but did not make anymore comments on how and when he is going to do it.
"People can clone the app because of its simplicity," added the app creator. "But they will never make another Flappy Bird."