WTF News: ‘Flappy Bird’ Developer To Remove Popular Game

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By: Iyana Robertson / February 9, 2014

If you have not gotten into the latest mobile game craze Flappy Bird, you might want to download it before it comes down from the Apple App Store and Google Play tomorrow.

Game developer and Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen announced via Twitter that he would discontinue the newly popular game — though it earned $50,000 a day in ad revenue.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down,” she wrote. “I cannot take this anymore.”

This tweet followed Nguyen’s denouncement of the game just hours before, sharing with his followers that Flappy Bird has caused him a notable amount of stress, though the full reasons for them remain unknown.

“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it” the developer tweeted before decided to remove it.

Flappy Bird, whose only objective is to fly a pixelated bird through a path of pipes, gained popularity out almost nowhere last week, surging to the top of the free games charts in both of the marketplaces in which it was available. Though painstakingly difficult, users began to post their attempts at high scores on various forms of social media. Prior to his decision to cut the game, Nguyen contemplated a sequel in an interview with The Verge.

“Flappy Bird has reached a state where anything added to the game will ruin it somehow, so I’d like to leave it as is,” he said. “I will think about a sequel but I’m not sure about the timeline.”