Flappy Bird has become one of the most popular mobile games in the last month or so. Now, the developer behind the game has announced that he will be taking down the game tomorrow.
iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flappy-bird/id642099621
Google Play Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotgears.flappybird
The defining feature of Flappy Bird is that it is awfully hard to play and users generally score too little. Nonetheless, it is frustratingly addictive which is why it has attracted tens of thousands of reviews and millions of downloads. Moreover, recent reports have suggested that the game is bringing in more than $50,000 per day in revenue for the developer.
The developer behind this game is Dong Nguyen who is based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He single-handedly developed the game at his one-man gaming studio .GEARS. Nguyen has been surprised at the sudden success of his game and apparently shy of public appearances, he has refused offers for interviews by numerous media outlets.
He recently tweeted from his official Twitter account: ‘I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.’ Many responded by asking if it was related to legal issues given allegations that the game copied design elements from the popular Mario game. He then clarified that it was simply a personal decision, ‘It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.’
It is unclear exactly what has prompted Nguyen to take the decision. Some have speculated that this may simply be a publicity stunt to further trigger the rate of the game’s downloads. Yet others say that given Nguyen’s averse response to the publicity which has been thrust upon him thanks to the success of this game, his announcement may be the real deal. In any case, within the next few hours, we will know for sure if Flappy Bird will be around or gone for good.