“Flappy Bird” is being grounded.
Dong Nguyen of indie developer dotGears Studios shocked the video game world Saturday when he announced on Twitter that he’s taking the world’s top mobile game down from the Apple and Android stores:
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
The move is stunning because “Flappy Bird” is the post popular free mobile game on Android and iOS. According to AppAnnie, it’s the No. 1 Apple app of any kind in 124 countries. Nguyen recently told the The Verge website that “Flappy Bird” generates $50,000 a day in ad revenue.
The reasons why he’s taking it down are unclear. In a subsequent tweet, Nguyen wrote, “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.”
Playing “Flappy Bird” was simple — you just kept tapping the screen to flap the bird’s wings enough to get through a series of Mario-and-Luigi-style green pipes. The hard part was actually doing so without crashing.
It was a frustratingly compelling game that many players couldn’t put down unless they threw their phones across the room.
Earlier in the week, Nguyen sent a tweet that indicated he was becoming frustrated about the success of the game:
Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 4, 2014