As promised by game creator Dong Nguyen, the popular game Flappy Bird is no longer available for download over at Google Play and even at Apple’s App Store. Nguyen first hinted that he was taking down the app on a Twitter post he made yesterday stating that “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.”
There have been a lot of speculations as for the reason why the game was being taken down by the developer himself when it is doing quite well, with reported earnings of $50,000 a day from ads alone. Some people claim that it is because of copyright issues while others say that the game is being sold to a bigger studio.
The real reason behind this is that the developer is uncomfortable of all the attention he is getting now. In one of the Twitter posts he made he hinted that “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.” He also said “Not because of them but because how people use my game. They are overusing it.”
Whatever the reason is here are some facts about this game
- Nguyen has already made at least one or two million dollars from this title already.
- The announcement has increased the number of downloads and despite being removed from Google Play it will still continue to generate revenue
- Nguyen has other game titles at the App Store that rank high in the charts with no indication that those titles will be deleted.
Those who have previously downloaded Flappy Bird on their Android devices will still be able to play the game even if it is no longer available at Google Play and Nguyen will still be earning from the ad revenue generated by the game.
It appears that the announcement made yesterday on the game being pulled out may have even increased its number of downloads. Those who haven’t tried out the game rushed out to download the free game. Fans are even giving it a high rating presumable to save the game but to no avail.
Those who haven’t downloaded the game but want to try it out may have to search for the .apk installation file of Flappy Bird which should be available in several popular forums. There is however a risk in getting a file this way as it might contain malware.
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