It seems like high attention and huge success that came to Flappy Bird iOS and Android game has finally taken its toll on its Vietnam-based developer, who has decided to end the existence of his creation.
Dong Nguyen, who created the popular game, took to Twitter on Saturday, at 11:02 a.m. PT to announce his plans to take Flappy Bird down in 22 hours, explaining that he “cannot take this anymore.” This news comes just a day after the game rolled out an update.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” Nguyen said in his post.
And despite it seems quite unsudden and unexpected if the game’s popularity is considered, in recent days its creator had shown signs of having trouble dealing with the high ratings of Flappy Bird app.
On Feb. 4, Nguyen tweeted about how the game’s success caught him off guard: “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.”
He also revealed that the success of his app felt like a curse: “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
Later the talented game creator added that he had no intensions to sell his app and revealed that he wouldn’t give up on developig new games for iOS and Adroid running devices.
“Is this really just a guy who can’t cope with sudden fame and success, or is something else going on here? Is there really a level of internet vitriol that can make someone simply throw away $50,000 a day?” wonders Paul Tassi of Forbes.
“I suppose with the amount of flack Nguyen has taken, it can wear on someone, but why delete Flappy Bird and not his other popular, also simplistic titles? If his other games become even more popular and are subsequently also criticized, will he take those down too?”
The majority of his Twitter messages are replies to some of his fans. Flappu Bird creator simply thanks them for their support or answering their questions.
“I was hard pressed to find actual hate-filled comments responding to any of his tweets, even in his most recent ones about taking the game down. That said, I’m sure he’s seen negative things said about him or the game elsewhere on the internet, and one hurtful comment can offset a hundred uplifting ones,” Tassi writes.
Nguyen firs launched his game last year. “It has been the number-one free app in Apple’s App Store and in the Google Play Store for the past few days. It became an overnight Internet sensation after tweets, videos and reviews went viral,” Mashable reports.
The goal of the game — to navigate a yellow bird through a series of obstacles by tapping on the screen — appears simple, at first, but players often find themselves spending frustratingly long amounts of time trying to fullfil the task of the addictive game.