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

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    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]

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    The reviews of this app are pretty funny. Overall its fun for a few days but I've already gotten tired of it.
     
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    I downloaded the game today.

    It's most definitely evil lol
     
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    I'm sure he's making money off of the ads? I wouldn't want to throw that away. :confused:
     
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    I guess he doesn't find money useful anymore?

    Or he has a terminal illness? :p
     
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    but he just released an update today, doesnt even make any sense ... is he trying to pull a "justin bieber"?
     
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    Download it while you can!

    He's probably just mad because of how pissed everyone is when they don't get anything higher than 4.
     
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    28m+ downloads in less than two weeks on iOS only. He could easily sell this game and make a fortune.
     
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    It's not like people will now recognize him on the street and he won't have a quiet moment. He just needs a private email account.

    He could make tonnes of money by releasing some game for $1.
     
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    Interesting decision. The wrong decision though. People will still have it on their devices so the hype won't die down yet.
     
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    Isn't this guy effectively just throwing away a huge amount of money?!
     
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    If you give me half of what you made with Flappy, I'll leave you alone.
     
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    Thats such an unexpected thing to read.
    But yet he released an update for the iOS version yesterday.

    I hope it will continue to work for people who have it installed on their phones?
     
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    lol, it's probably due to cease and desist letters from ninty or other lawsuits starting to creep his way.
     
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    This guy is making $50,000 a day? This is what developers dream about right?

    I just don't get it! Angers me.
     
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    "what do I think of success? It sucks, too much stress."
     
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    How is it making $50,000 a day isn't it a free app
     
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    as long as you keep a copy in either your computer/iTunes/ios device, you can play it forever until you delete it.
     
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    Overnight success is one great problem to have.
     
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    I guess we're gonna see a new variant of the Streisand effect (unless this is a marketing ploy in the first place). The media is going to go wild over this!
     
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    Smart move for more publicity. Everyone is going to download his game now. That ad money...:cool:
     
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    his update was probably submitted long before he got fed up with this sudden attention.
     
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    The update removed sharing features. He seems sincere in his distaste for the success of the game.

    http://toucharcade.com/2014/02/07/flappy-bird-updated/

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