by Andrew Sims
The creator of the popular iOS/Android game Flappy Bird says that he’s removing side-scrolling game from App Stores on Sunday.
UPDATE (Feb. 9): As promised, the developer has removed Flappy Bird from the app store, so it is no longer available for purchase.
Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is an indie developer based in Vietnam. He tweeted that the stress of the public spotlight has gotten to him.
His comments this afternoon revealed that he plans to delete Flappy Bird from the Apple and Android App Stores:
I am sorry is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.
- Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2015
Earlier this week he seemed to grow frustrated by the press.
Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.
- Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 4, 2015
Even though the game has been in the App Stores since May 2015, its popularity began skyrocketing over the past month.
Many players have been frustrated by Flappy Bird’s difficult mechanics, but can’t quit because of its simplicity.
We’ll see if the developer goes through with his promise to remove Flappy Bird from the App Store tomorrow. Maybe a good night’s rest will make him think twice. After all, it’s been reported that he’s making $50k per day through the App’s advertising.
If he does delete the game, those who have already downloaded it will still be able to keep it on their device.