Flappy Bird removed from Google Play Store, iOS App Store

The viral mobile game "Flappy Bird" has been removed from the Apple and Play Store after the developer, Dong Nguyen, claimed the game was "ruining his life."

"Flappy Bird" took the gaming community by surprise, reaching over 50 million downloads, and hitting the No. 1 spot on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. The actual game was programmed in "just a few nights" and used a graphical style similar to Nintendo's classic Mario games. It was released in May 2013, though it didn't find popularity until recently, when it became a smash hit.

Before going silent on Twitter, Nguyen said that the attention he's received for the game, such as the stress of earning approximately $50,000 a day, were why he removed it from the stores. Some have claimed he was afraid of legal action from Nintendo, however, which he denied. Nguyen said he is not accepting any offers to sell the game. 

Nguyen previously said he would bring the game to Windows Phone, though port almost certainly won't be released now.

Source: The Mirror | Flappy Bird and Twitter Feed via Amazon and Twitter

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So now it's gotten even more ridiculous. In his interview to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/la...t-was-an-addictive-product/) Nguyen confirms he didn't remove the game due to legal threats from Nintendo, and the creator of 2011's Piou Piou (a game FB seems to be a clone of, besides of course many older games) also said he never threatened to sue.

No, his grandiose claim is that the real reason he removed the game is because people had become addicted to it, and apparently he now wants to "save" them and their sanity from his own game. Seriously, that has to be without doubt the biggest load of BS I've ever heard.

Final important bit for all those claiming he did this because his new-found fortune attracted criminals:

But also, Nguyen isn't a martyr. He's not picking up his toys and going home, nor has he “walked away from a fortune” per se. Flappy Bird already netted him a hefty amount of cash to be sure, and already installed copies are likely still bringing in loads of revenue daily.

Earning $12,000,000 for a eight old month app (280 days old roughly) is not chicken feed. He can release Flappy Bird 2 when is ready to.

$50,000 earned/day * 280 days since all of May 2013 of through all of January 2014 = $12,000,000. I am taking this as earnings from everyday of May 2013 through every day of January 2014.

Edited by ReimondX, Feb 10 2014, 10:06pm :

I don't think most of you realize that money isn't everything to everyone. Sure I would love to make a lot of money but I enjoy my life without it also. I don't make much because I volunteer my time and am an executive with a local non-profit. My payment is what we give, not get.

You have to think of all the possibilities as to why he pulled out. 1. He could've received a threat of legal action for the apparent copyright issues. 2. He could have been receiving hate mail, junk mail, death threats, etc. 3. Anxiety and/or stress. 4. Just didn't want to have to maintain it anymore. There are too many reasons that are really none of our business. He didn't want to do it anymore? That's his right.

I think we should all leave him alone and let him move on.

can someone tell me how these types of games become so popular? there's thousands of games on either app store, but THIS particular game wins the lottery. i dont get it.

i have no hate for the game; ive never played it. im just curious.

it's like Candy Crush. why is that so popular when it's a remake of every other game in history like it?

If someone knew the answer to this I assure you that they wouldn't tell you it. They would however be enjoying a delicious alcoholic beverage on a sunny beach in a different Country of their choosing whenever they like.

I will make a guess and say he was forced to remove the app and pay restitution for copyright materials. If he didn't, he would have to deal with lawsuits which will cost him more money. Why I say this? If you look at this way, he already made tons of profit from the app. Even if he free willingly removed it, he can still be sued for any copyright items because the app is already out there and he made profit from it.

Just a guess....

Just tried this game for the first place a few days ago. It's infuriating yet addictive, not to mention the sometimes broken collision detection (does anyone else feel like this?)

If the guy was making $50k a day it doesn't make sense to me that he would take it down...

That's harsh. There are not many people in the world that will land on a goldmine and suddenly turn around one day and say he doesn't want it anymore. I am sure he has his reasons.

link6155 said,
He's a disgrace to us Asians
Oh come on, that's just going way over the top. Just how does his breakdown, if it is one, cast a shadow on you or bring your reputation into question? Try not to make stupid exaggerations.

I like how everyone has decided this guy is a crybaby who deserves nothing but ridicule.

You're all just so, so incredibly smart and in tune with truth.

Joshie said,
I like how everyone has decided this guy is a crybaby who deserves nothing but ridicule.

You're all just so, so incredibly smart and in tune with truth.

thank you, thank you very much.

Joshie said,
I like how everyone has decided this guy is a crybaby who deserves nothing but ridicule.

You're all just so, so incredibly smart and in tune with truth.

Nice of you to say so. I agree!

How is it possible nobody remembers this game from 2003?? It's not new And he's not the original creator. I've got an old SWF version from Newgrounds somewhere on a CD. Yes, it was called flappy bird. I think he pulled it for "reasons untold" heh heh heh...

whatever the case is, this is the bad part about news - it makes it look like either nothing or a huge deal and when the news is on a website, "smart" people (like me) tend to comment for the sake of commenting

assuming hes being honest, i can imagine how this much attention can be stressful

if its just a gig, oh well

It's pretty simple, if you don't want some of your apps to get popular, then don't make a damn application then.

Making an application without having it in your mind that the app you are making CAN get popular is something everyone have to think about when creating an app. If you can't handle that one of your apps gets popular, then don't create one. Making an application that gets popular and then removes it just makes peoples ****ed off / angry.

Exynos said,
It's pretty simple, if you don't want some of your apps to get popular, then don't make a damn application then.

Making an application without having it in your mind that the app you are making CAN get popular is something everyone have to think about when creating an app. If you can't handle that one of your apps gets popular, then don't create one. Making an application that gets popular and then removes it just makes peoples ****ed off / angry.


dont kid yourself, this is not a contingency plan or damage control.
every developer dreams of having a super popular app.

this guys problem is most likely nintendo.

if he made it as his own game.. can it be plagiarism? those tubes sure look awfully familiar. Now, had he used game code from an actual Nintendo game.. that's an entirely different issues all the same

He probably received an offer from Nintendo to take it down or else, and they paid him some hush money to keep quiet about it, and take it down.

dead.cell said,
Didn't take long before the copy/paste versions of the game were up lol. What a shame...
The game was itself a copy-paste, so who really cares?

Never implied it was otherwise. I'm just saying that since people are talking about it now, you're going to see another hundred copies flood the app stores, as if we need more trash to sort through.

From the first day I saw this, the first thing I thought was Nintendo will have a field day suing this guy....

not sure what happened, but I bet it actually is because of the VERY similar graphics to Super Mario on the SNES or maybe it was Mario all stars, but that "bird" looks a lot like a sprite I remember from one of those games somewhere

neufuse said,
From the first day I saw this, the first thing I thought was Nintendo will have a field day suing this guy....

not sure what happened, but I bet it actually is because of the VERY similar graphics to Super Mario on the SNES or maybe it was Mario all stars, but that "bird" looks a lot like a sprite I remember from one of those games somewhere

It looks like the annoying jumping fish without a tail.

There's some lovely editorialising in this article, such as "Nguyen said that the attention he's received for the game, such as the stress of earning approximately £50,000 a day, were why he removed it from the stores". Where did Nguyen say that? You could have instead focused on more likely things, such as the abuse people send him as a result of the unexpected attention on him..

First people are complaining about not being able to get a good score on that game. Now another bunch of people are going complain about not being able to get the game itself. One just cannot win.

If there was only a way to make 7 billion people happy...

Well, we'd better cross "throw 50K$ a day at them" off the list.

he just wasn't prepared to make all that money and get all this attention. he probably only wanted to make a little game,make a few bucks and live his "simple" life as he put it.

you can live a simple life with money, that life just happens to be worry free.. mostly. Honestly mountains of cash only makes life as complicated as YOU let it become

Press wants interviews? Tweet out no interviews, stop asking. change your online persona to an anonymous one and most your pesky problems disappear

His mistake was using his real identity to begin with, no one had to know who made the game besides payment folks in the various Stores

vcfan said,
he just wasn't prepared to make all that money
There are always charities to donate to, you know? He could have kept earning and put it all to good use.

Romero said,
There are always charities to donate to, you know? He could have kept earning and put it all to good use.

He should donate to the poor instead. Charities already get enough.

dingl_ said,
you can live a simple life with money, that life just happens to be worry free.. mostly. Honestly mountains of cash only makes life as complicated as YOU let it become

.... or the many criminals who will now come calling might just add to the complication.

soldier1st said,
He should donate to the poor instead. Charities already get enough.
No need to split hairs, the poor are charity cases too and many charities cater to their needs. What I obviously meant was he can always donate the money if keeping it truly has become a burden.

Depicus said,
.... or the many criminals who will now come calling might just add to the complication.
He also pointed out in his comment the mistake the guy made. If making truckloads of cash was a concern surely the developer shouldn't have revealed his identity like that. And if you say he didn't anticipate the windfall then I'll say that smacks of a negative attitude ("none of my apps will ever be blockbusters so revealing my identity to criminals shouldn't be a concern").

Edited by Romero, Feb 10 2014, 7:58pm :

Romero said,
There are always charities to donate to, you know? He could have kept earning and put it all to good use.

Its not that he can just give the money away and it reverses everything. For example, he now has to deal with taxes, he has to deal with people knowing how much money he made. It could be tough on him if he is in school, at work, living in a bad neighborhood. people might want to scam him, rob him, befriend him with bad intentions.

Donations to charities will decrease his taxes but yeah I agree they'll go up. That's the price one pays for getting rich. Rest he could have avoided if he'd kept his identity hidden which would have been the smart thing to do. Or, you know, he could have withdrawn the app much earlier when it started taking off before he ended up with piles of cash, became famous and (probably) a target. Now he can't help it of course but obviously there are rich people in his country who manage to survive. Time to put that money to good use and buy some protection (if indeed safety's an issue).

Edited by Romero, Feb 11 2014, 1:33am :

macoman said,
How the hell did he got stress out of making a lot of money? I mean if i was him i will be ****ing happy.

You say that now...

you say that ever,,,

making $50000 per day is a perfect stress reliever, if i ever saw one. you have made it, you got the golden ticket, just relax and enjoy, and if there is some issues, hire people to deal with it, so you dont have to.


there has to be more to this... and i think it might be legal action, even though (especially though) he denied it.

panacea said,
you say that ever,,,

making $50000 per day is a perfect stress reliever, if i ever saw one. you have made it, you got the golden ticket, just relax and enjoy, and if there is some issues, hire people to deal with it, so you dont have to.


there has to be more to this... and think it might be legal action, even though (especially though) he denied it.


This.

panacea said,

there has to be more to this... and i think it might be legal action, even though (especially though) he denied it.

Agreed. My thoughts are he thought he'd get away with ripping elements from other games and then when his game blew up it bought a bit to much unwanted attention.

macoman said,
How the hell did he got stress out of making a lot of money? I mean if i was him i will be ****ing happy.

Would you be as happy if some criminal "friends" came round with your aunties hand in a bag and demanded payment or she dies ? Money attracts criminals better than flies to s**t.

Ha, there was really no reason to yank the app.. If the money was the issue, make the app Ad free.. Keep it up in the stores& leave

anyhow, Jolly Fish. Windows 8.1& WindowsPhone.. Play that for your Flappybird fix.. 2 game modes also

Poor guy. I'm sure most of us would love such stress. Not to diminish his effort but as someone pointed out it was just a copy of an old Flash game and any halfway decent developer should be able to knock off another copy in a few hours. I'm at a loss though to understand how things like this suddenly go viral.

Romero said,
Poor guy. I'm sure most of us would love such stress. Not to diminish his effort but as someone pointed out it was just a copy of an old Flash game and any halfway decent developer should be able to knock off another copy in a few hours. I'm at a loss though to understand how things like this suddenly go viral.

A combination of being very simple, deceptively difficult and the ability to share your score with friends.

And maybe hiring criminals with BOT's to hoist you to the top of the charts and then said criminals demanding a larger and larger cut of the profits....

I've never played it and only heard about it last night, but it does look like money for [plagiarised] old rope.

However if he can get away with £50k earned.. power to him.

wtf, there has to be more to it than this... also, i only heard of this game today, i'm so behind the curve haha

BGM said,
wtf, there has to be more to it than this... also, i only heard of this game today, i'm so behind the curve haha

Welcome on board.... I had to go and check about it because I had no clues...

the stress of earning £50,000 a day

That poor man. If he needs to share some of his financial burden I'm here for him.

I have a hard time believing he was pulling in $50,000 a day. Thats = 18 million a year.

Ads don't even pay that much, I'm calling BS on this guy.

xendrome said,
I have a hard time believing he was pulling in $50,000 a day. Thats = 18 million a year.

Ads don't even pay that much, I'm calling BS on this guy.

it's more than possible. Mobile ads pay quite a bit

xendrome said,
I have a hard time believing he was pulling in $50,000 a day. Thats = 18 million a year.

Ads don't even pay that much, I'm calling BS on this guy.

50,000,000 downloads, so $50,000 per day divided by 50 million is $0.001 from ads being serves up on each device per day. Lets halve the number to make things more interesting though, so 25,000,000 devices serving up ads on this game per day = $0.002.

hardly a massive amount being paid per ad.

hell, lets make it 1 million devices for ****s and giggles $0.05 per ad. That's 1/50th of the number of downloads its had since going crazy, and still its easy to see how the figures hold up.

McKay said,

That poor man. If he needs to share some of his financial burden I'm here for him.


Exactly. His story doesn't make any sense...

duddit2 said,

50,000,000 downloads, so $50,000 per day divided by 50 million is $0.001 from ads being serves up on each device per day. Lets halve the number to make things more interesting though, so 25,000,000 devices serving up ads on this game per day = $0.002.

hardly a massive amount being paid per ad.

hell, lets make it 1 million devices for ****s and giggles $0.05 per ad. That's 1/50th of the number of downloads its had since going crazy, and still its easy to see how the figures hold up.

Aren't they usually per 1000 though? not 1 for 1. Can someone do the math who is familaure with AdSense impression rates/CPM? or actual data from current AdSense rates... impressions are a HUGH difference from Click-Throughs

Mr.XXIV said,
Me and my partner made almost $20k in 2 weeks from running websites, it is easily possible with his numbers.

You wanna share the $ as i could use the $.

Mr.XXIV said,
Me and my partner made almost $20k in 2 weeks from running websites, it is easily possible with his numbers.

For a moment, I thought you were going to be one of those spam posts, and have some strange URL appended to the end.

jren207 said,

For a moment, I thought you were going to be one of those spam posts, and have some strange URL appended to the end.

I knew someone was gonna say that. Even I thought it sounded like that.

xendrome said,

Aren't they usually per 1000 though? not 1 for 1. Can someone do the math who is familaure with AdSense impression rates/CPM? or actual data from current AdSense rates... impressions are a HUGH difference from Click-Throughs

If that's the case then its making $1 per day per 1000 devices using the app = 50,000,000 devices. halving it to 25 million and its still only $2 per 1000, not familiar with the rates but $2 per 1000 impressions doesn't sound unrealistic (although I maybe way off, please correct me if I'm wrong).
plus would it not depend on the amount of time each device was using the app for, as in how many ads were served up to the user? My guess is that with the recent phenomenon its been played to death by people trying like mad to outdo each other, if so then its even more believable, in fact I'm surprised its not more.

McKay said,

That poor man. If he needs to share some of his financial burden I'm here for him.

Ok until four men knock at your door and say unless you give them $60k per day they will kill the extended family they have just kidnapped......

Sometimes coming into wealth can have huge downsides.