Flappy Bird Shutdown: Developer Now Hates Own Creation; Reasons For Withdrawing Game from Google Play?
By Lou Ramon Aguila | February 10, 2014 2:39 PM EST
The Flappy Bird craze could end very soon after its creator Dong Nguyen announced on Sunday his plan to shut down the game for good.
Nguyen, an independent game developer in Vietnam, said that he's going to pull out his Flappy Bird game from Google Play for the reason that the popularity of his creation has already affected his private life.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore. It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore," Nguyen posted on his Twitter account.
Forbes Tech writer Paul Tassi isn't sure why Nguyen is going to put an end in the hottest games on Android and iOS game, more so if he's reportedly earning an astounding $50,000 per day out of advertising revenue. There are speculations that Super Mario developer Nintendo is suing Nguyen for ripping off the 'pipes' from their classic game, but the developer stressed that legal issues is not reason behind his decision to shut down Flappy Bird.
"This sort of move is perplexing as Nguyen is reported to be bringing in $50,000 a day from in-app advertising revenue. It would be understandable if say, Nintendo was suing him for ripping off their art, but he claims that isn't the case," Tassi said in his report.
"He also says he's not interested in selling Flappy Bird, and he still makes other games, many of which are also quite popular on the Android and iOS app stores," the writer added.
In his tweets, Nguyen admitted that he felt proud to see his game becoming a craze around the world. However, he also pointed out that Flappy Bird's sudden popularity cost him his normal life.
"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," tweeted Nguyen, who shared that he learned the C/C++ program at school.
Nguyen isn't the only one who has painful experience with Flappy Bird. Last weekend, a Chicago teen reportedly stabbed his brother because of their disputes on Flappy Bird scores, although it appears the story is a hoax.
"The first killing involved real blood after 16-year-old Gary Wright of Chicago stabbed to death 17-year-old brother Jaban Wright over the latter's high score of 17 in the game. The stabbing was preceded by Jaban teasing Gary who got a score of only 6," IBT correspondent Vittorio Hernandez reported.
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