Dong Nguyen, the creator of the popular app “Flappy Bird”, has just announced via twitter that he will be removing the app from the store in the next 22 hours. He went on to explain that his decision had nothing to do with legal issues and that he will continue to make other apps.
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
It is thought that the Vietnam-based developer simply cannot handle the overwhelming critical response any longer. The Huffington Post called it an “insanely irritating, difficult and frustrating game which combines a super-steep difficulty curve with bad, boring graphics and jerky movement”.
In the past few weeks, Flappy Bird went completely viral and had the internet buzzing. Of course, the reaction wasn’t exactly positive with almost everyone online expressing their hatred and frustration about the game.
Flappy Bird may be highly frustrating, extremely difficult (impossible even) and it’s graphics are definitely far from aesthetically pleasing but the mobile app is an undeniable success. It has been downloaded more than 50 million times since it’s release and reportedly pulls in an average of $50,000 in ad revenue a day!
As for the idea of a takeover… Nguyen has stated that he will not be selling Flappy Bird. Although, considering its massive success, it is hard to imagine this really is the last we will see of this irritatingly addictive app.