Flappy Bird Comeback, Creator Considers Having the Game Available Again
By Jenille Cristy Maido | March 12, 2014 4:21 PM EST
The Vietnamese creator of Flappy Bird is considering the game's comeback after its sudden pull in Google Play Store and iOS App market in February 2014.
In an interview with the Rolling Stone, Nguyen Ha Dong, 28, a Vietnam-based game designer shared he is considering having the game available again for the users after a month of hiatus. But he said the game was not available for purchase and he could not compromise his independence.
Flappy Bird is a mobile game launched in 2013 by Gears Studios, an independent mobile game developer firm also based in Vietnam. The game allows side scrolling wherein the player attempts controls the bird to let it fly without making contact on the green pipes that serve as hurdles.
The game did not receive immediate popularity. It was in early 2014 that it became a worldwide sensation. At the end of January 2014, Flappy Bird became the most downloaded game app in iOS store, reportedly earning $50,000 for app advertisements. When Nguyen announced he will pull out the game, it received 10 million downloads within 22 hours and making phones with the downloaded game more expensive.
Nguyen understands that the game is very addictive, a reason he pulled it out of the market because of the guilt that many become too engrossed in the game.
"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem," Nguyen said in an interview with Forbes.
After the take down, clones of Flappy Bird flooded the iOS App market and Google Play Store with CNET reviewing seven parodies of the popular game. But some of the imitated versions contain malware that may lead to unauthorized phone bill charges.
Dong Nguyen shared even after pulling the game out, it still generate him ten thousands of dollars in income. He already quit his job, but is still doing what he loves the most-making online games. Nguyen also shared that life did not became easy for him after the games popularity, receiving backlash and accusations that his game was "copied," but he is good now.
In the interview, he shared he is not currently making another version of the game, but if he does, he will release it with a warning, "Please take a break."
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