Flappy Bird has indeed been the talk of town lately, from the moment it was discovered till it was removed and even after that, news about the horribly fun and yet annoying game have been flooding the internet over the past week. When it was first discovered, it made headlines on how quickly it jumped to the top spot on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, people talked about how addictive or silly the game was, bragged about their high score but alas, all good things must come to an end and the developer of the game, Dong Nguyen, suddenly surprised the world by announcing that he will remove the game.
According to The Verge, the developer was earning about USD$50,000 a day from in-app advertising, so why did he decide to end such huge income in such a short period of time? In an exclusive interview with Forbes, he reveled that the reason behind that was because the game was getting too addictive, and not because he was having legal issues as rumored. Speaking for the first time since the removal of the app, Dong Nguyen said:
“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.”
Check out the rest of the interview on Forbes, Dong Nguyen also mentioned that this will not be the last of him, he will continue creating apps on top of his other top app store games. If you missed out on the whole Flappy Bird saga and the chance to download it, there are plenty of imitations available now and Nguyen said he even liked a few himself.