Goodbye, Flappy BirdBy Mikah Sargent | February 8, 2014
The creator of Flappy Bird says he plans to pull the popular game from Google Play and the App Store.
Some surprising news from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen.
Nguyen says he plans to pull the game from Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store. (Via YouTube / iAndyC83)
And soon. 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.
And the Los Angeles Times reports 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."
If you've yet to download Flappy Bird, now's the time to grab 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.