Why Flappy Bird Was Pulled From iOS
The creator of the infuriating yet hugely popular smartphone game, Flappy Bird, has spoken out about why he took the decision to remove it and says he has no plans to bring it back.
Talking to Forbes, Dong Nguyen said he took the game down out of concern for it’s players:
Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.
In taking these steps Nguyen is walking away from an estimated $50,000 a day received from in-app advertising. Nguyen went on to say that he would not be remove any of his other games, unless players faced the same problems of addiction.
In the end it was an overriding sense of guilt that caused the Vietnamese developer to take down his creation, “My life has not been as comfortable as I was before,” he said, “I couldn’t sleep. I don’t think it’s a mistake, I have thought it through.”
Nguyen has however not been deterred from continuing his career in game development saying, “After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do.”
If you haven’t already downloaded the game you will now have to make do with one of the countless clones that have now, inevitably, flooded the appstore.