In a bewildering series of events Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has removed his hugely popular app, despite it raking in $50K a day in ad revenue.
Why did he take it down? It’s a bit of a mystery, but it sounds like he didn’t like the fame and the throngs of criticism that came with it. “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he tweeted. “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it,” he wrote in another tweet.
Some hypothesise that the game is being removed due to legal issues as Flappy Bird’s assets bear a strong resemblance to those of Mario’s, but Nguyen is adamant that this isn’t the case. “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he said. When asked by another Twitter user if the removal was due to non-legal criticism over the same issue, Nguyen replied, “Not because of them but because how people use my game. They are overusing it.” I’ve reached out to Nguyen for some clarification on why he plans to remove a game so many people love that he’s also profiting off of, but have yet to hear back. I’ll update if I get any more on this.
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In the meantime, if you’d like to see what all the fuss is about I’d suggest downloading Flappy Bird while it’s still out. It’s free and terribly addictive, for better or worse.
Why did it Rise to fame?
The game seemingly led an obscure life for months before leading the iTunes App Store free app charts for much of January 2014, and success followed on Google Play store soon after. Developer Nguyen said he was earning up to $50,000 per day via in-app ads. The game was announced for the Windows Phone platform on February 4, with the Nguyen saying he estimated it would be approved by Microsoft in ten days.
Reasons behind popularity & Controversial success
Players say the free app is highly addictive, being challenged to set a high-score on a global leaderboard. There are no lives, or in-app purchases in Flappy Bird, and players get a single point for each pair of pipes they fly through, and medals after every ten points all the way up to platinum. Flappy Bird enjoyed controversial success, with critics decrying its crude graphics and physics, poorly placed banner ads, and obvious artwork theft from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, a classic platformer game.
News Source: Eurogamer.Net