After a barrage of success, netting its creator Dong Nguyen a reported $50,000 per day in revenue, Flappy Bird’s creator has had enough. The deviously simple, poorly designed, and shamelessly difficult app store release caught fire as it inexplicably began its climb to the top of the App Store charts sometime in November (after a May 2013 launch).
Nguyen asked previously (in a Tweet) for people to leave him alone, responding to the influx of media requests as outlets attempted to source the game’s dubious popularity. Flappy Bird was accused of stealing assets from Nintendo titles, from its bird killing pipes to Flappy himself.
Tweeting last night, Nguyen stated, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird‘ down. I cannot take this anymore..”
He noted this was not due to any legal action. As of this writing (24 hours later) the game remains live on the Android app store.
Update: Flappy Bird is now history. Both Google Play and iOS App Stores no longer show the game as available.