Claiming that the game’s success “ruins [his] simple life,” Nguyen publicly announced Flappy Bird’s impending removal from the App Store yesterday, in a series of Twitter updates in which the developer asserted that an aversion to fame, fortune, and popularity – and not a legal dispute – was the reason behind his decision to shoot Flappy Bird out of the sky.
Despite these claims, however, most of us are remaining skeptical. The free Flappy Bird had been generating Nguyen upwards of $50,000 per day in mobile ad revenue, and it seems strange for the developer to remove the app while it’s at the peak of its success.
Even more curious is that all of this comes just a couple of days after the application received its first update, which added a night mode, a couple of new birds, and countless bug fixes.
If you managed to download the game before it was removed (as we advised), you’re free to keep on playing it. If not, we’re afraid the Flappy Bird boat has now sailed – though Nguyen does have a couple of equally addictive titles available in the App Store for iOS device owners to try.
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