Game Over for Flappy Bird


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Flappy Bird

Chances are you’ve probably already downloaded the pixilated Flappy Bird or watched your kids play it or saw the app like I did on my iPhone when my kids downloaded it and wondered what it was. I found it on my menu of apps and before I knew it I was addicted. Which is one of the reasons for the creator Dong Nguyen to take Flappy Birds down.

In a hotel in Hanoi, in a Forbes interview Nguyen said the game was supposed to be relaxing but that “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.”

The game was released back in May 2013, but didn’t generate any traction until November 2013. Last week the Verge reported that the App was generating around $50 million on the average daily from in-app ads. And before it was pulled from the store it was downloaded more than 50 million times. That’s more than enough to keep the lights on. 

And if you’re worried that Nguyen won’t be continuing his line of games, Nguyen has said he’ll continue creating apps. He has other games out as well like Super Ball, Juggling and Shuriken Block, which are in the top 20 of the iOS store. Not bad at all for the Vietnam-Based developer along with .Gears.

According to Nguyen it took only three days to develop the game and get it out to the public. Flappy Bird has also been compared to Pipes a game created by Nintendo and Nguyen has denied that there were any rumored threats from the giant about his game being a copy.

There are a lot of us that dream of developing a game that would send us into the stratosphere of money haven. But that’s not for all of us and it brings a lot of pressure for most that are unprepared for this kind of fame. For Nguyen it’s been a fiber network speed to success even though it’s been almost a year since its release. Much like the pixelated Flappy Bird, up and down, trying to make it’s way through and around the pipes. Nguyen apparently had a taste of stress his game brought to him and prefers the uncomplicated life the game brought to him. His decision wasn’t easy and was carefully thought through before taking down the addicting game. He said, “I couldn’t sleep.” Since taking down the game he’s been more comfortable now, at peace, from the internet and catching up on some much needed sleep.

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