February 10, 2014 — Published by: Fereshta Amir
R.I.P. Flappy Bird: creator removes the game
On Friday, we blogged about Flappy Bird's rise to popularity and as of the weekend Flappy Bird is no more. Creator Dong Nguyen took the game offline yesterday, as he just couldn't take it anymore. The game which had the world hooked lets users tap continually on the screen to keep a bird from flapping into a series of obstacles and due to overwhelming downloads, made the Vietnamese inventor $50,000 (£30,467) a day from the adverts that appeared on the game.
We checked last night and the app is removed from both the Google Play store and Apple's App Store, so those who had already downloaded the app will still have access to it. For the ultimate addicts of the game, there are now smartphones with the game installed on them being sold on Ebay for hundreds of pounds.
It sure is interesting to see a solo bedroom developer race past thousands of huge businesses who spend big budgets on building a hit game like Flappy Bird. Dong Nguyen tweeted this morning that he still makes games, so it will be interesting to see what's next...