'Flappy Bird' Creator Promises to Remove Game From App Store Tomorrow

Dong Nguyen, the developer of Flappy Bird, the viral hit that remains at the top of the App Store rankings, has promised on Twitter to remove the app from the App Store because the sheer amount of attention the app has drawn is something he isn't interested in dealing with.

Nguyen has repeatedly said on Twitter that the press is "overrating the success" of his games and that the sudden fame and attention is something he doesn't want, saying "please give me peace". He said today that though he is planning to remove Flappy Bird from the App Store, he will continue to make games. However, he isn't interested in the future of Flappy Bird and he won't sell the app to another developer.

Yesterday, before the shutdown was announced, Flappy Bird was updated to remove all social sharing features.

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For the moment, Flappy Bird is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

microcolt Avatar
133 months ago
Lol, guess success isn't for everyone.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bushido Avatar
133 months ago
but he just released an update today, doesnt even make any sense ... is he trying to pull a "justin bieber"?
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spiezer Avatar
133 months ago
Smart move for more publicity. Everyone is going to download his game now. That ad money...:cool:
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jessica Lares Avatar
133 months ago
The difference between this and every other game that makes #1 in the App Store is that the guy is being attacked by the media.

Minecraft, Angry Birds, Tiny Wings, etc, they all got a lot of positive pats on the back. This game is getting articles about how it's cheating you of your time, how it's making people go crazy, how the developer is making a bucketload of money off a free app, and the fact that it looks like Super Mario.

Can't even compare him to Phil Fish, who's only real problem was the fact that it took so much to get a game out.

Getting called something by a complete stranger isn't as bad as being called out as something by people who are established in the journalism and gaming businesses. It hurts big time. And obviously having all the frustrations of 10 million+ users is a nightmare for him too.

I hope he gets the peace he deserves.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Carlanga Avatar
133 months ago
Lol, guess success isn't for everyone.

lol, it's probably due to cease and desist letters from ninty or other lawsuits starting to creep his way.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
576316 Avatar
133 months ago
Isn't this guy effectively just throwing away a huge amount of money?!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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