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Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, admits the game is down as "it was just too addictive"

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Dong Nguyen, the independent developer behind Flappy Bird, gave his first public interview after his creation became a viral hit. He disclosed the reasons why Flappy Bird is no more and denied the existence of any legal issues with Nintendo. The 29-year-old Vietnamese said that the real reason for the removal of his notoriously-irritating game was its addictiveness. Flappy Bird "was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed" and not "an addictive product", which turned out to be a real problem. Nguyen admits that in order to cope with the issue, he decided to take the game down. "It's gone forever," he states.

Despite making almost $50,000 a day from the in-game ads, Nguyen claimed he did not feel comfortable and just couldn't cope with the popularity he has gained thanks to his Frankenstein's monster. Nguyen admits that he couldn't sleep well until he took Flappy Bird down. In order to regain his comfort, Mr. Nguyen revealed that he had also stayed off the internet for the last few days.

"I don't think it's a mistake. I have thought it through." - Dong Nguyen said. "After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do."

Dong Nguyen has several other titles, available on the major mobile platforms, and claimed that he won't stop making games. However, if they become as addictive as Flappy Bird , the indie Vietnamese developer stated that he won't "hesitate to also take them down".

Meanwhile, some iOS devices with Flappy Bird installed on them sell for ludicrously large amounts of money on eBay. In addition, numerous clones of the annoying, yet addictive game continue to swarm the app stores and try to replicate the succes of the Flappy Bird phenomenon.

So, what would you do if you were in Dong Nguyen's shoes? Let us know!

source: Forbes via The Wall Street Journal

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:38 4

1. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1475; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


What he said made sense but the same time it's kind of dumb... But it's his game, so he can really do what he wants with it

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 19:24 1

19. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I respect him a lot for doing this. It is his own creation and I think he should have the final say on its continued distribution. I wish him luck in his endeavors.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 04:57

21. Mittal (Posts: 449; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


true, but i would have raked in the moolah!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 06:54

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


He still is. Even though the game is no longer available to download, he still gets a slice of the ad revenue being generated by people playing the game. He'll still be getting paid for many more months to come.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 08:17

24. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Does anyone actually believe this guy?

$50k a day and he took it down so he could sleep at night?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:16

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


See comment #22. He'll be making his money AND he'll get to sleep at night.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:39 1

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3337; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I think he made the right choise. I mean if he just couldn't take it anymire. As for the fans, they can always download a clone version.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:47 7

3. Mihajlo (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


This is not the real reason, there is something that he is not going to tell us about this game, Who in name of GOD would remove something that is source of money in these days. Does nor make any sense to me. If he didn't want money, there is many people that need help, he could help him. At the end of the day i think he is selfish.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 06:55

23. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2732; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Read comment #22.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:57 3

4. jaspergrantus (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


If I could be make an awesome Game like that, and earn as much as $50,000 a day, I WOULD BE THE RICHEST KID ON THE PLANET!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:57 4

5. serrano989 (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I am positive this is a statement he is only feeding the press, but is probably far from the truth behind closed doors. If he makes another popular game he is going to take it down as well, haha please.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:39 3

17. jiezel91 (Posts: 66; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


So true. He has a DAMN ODD philosophy.

Why would you even think of being a game developer if you don't want people to go nuts on the games that you develop? Oh please!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 09:58 6

6. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


That is just a lame reason given by him for taking the game down.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:03 8

7. Tuxedo (Posts: 179; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


BS...

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:21 3

8. sonnyt (Posts: 2; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


Money, unfortunately, is the very essence of almost everyone's lives, without it modern society don't and can't exist. Even billionaires need more. I woke up in the wake of dawn so just to get to work on time, for a few dollars. If he's that genuine, he should take over tobacco companies and shut them down.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:21 3

9. hellonerds (Posts: 265; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


He looks like a flappy bird

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:23 1

10. kane74 (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Jan 2014)


I just think this guy must have received pressures from some individuals or companies who weren't happy about his game making that huge amount of cash.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:41 1

11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Bull$h¡†!!! It's not gone forever, I have it! And I will install it "FOREVER"!!

Love Android's open-source ♥

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:14 2

12. LikeMyself (Posts: 302; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


I'm uninstalling. He is messing with us and think he'll be more popular and have people begging for this simple game! WTF.

posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:35

28. jaspergrantus (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


im with you man!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:58 4

13. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


So he'll keep making games, but if they become successful and make him money then he'll wipe his hands clean again? Seems like a strange business model.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 15:08 1

14. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Thieves these days getting bolder and bolder. Well, can't be helped .. people are stupid after all.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 16:54 1

15. genkidama20 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Definitely something fishy going on. If it was about earning too much money, he could've sold the program to someone else or just released it as an ad-free app. Or, if it was about addiction, he could put limits on how much a person could play in a certain time frame. Obviously, it's neither of those. I'm thinking it's a serious death threat or law suit that's he's trying to avoid. Maybe even a girlfriend issue. Women problems usually turn guys into irrational idiots.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:21 1

16. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There were rumors he got letters from Nintendo about the pipes and background likeness to Super Mario. He also has the Vietnamese gov't looking into his taxes. Not sure what his end game is most people would kill to make 50k a day just in AD revenue from a silly game.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 18:48

18. promise7 (Posts: 479; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Was it necessary to keep reiterating he's Vietnamese in this article? It doesn't make any difference if he is foreign or domestic developer, he's a developer/programmer period.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 02:56

20. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Oh it's not gone forever... :DDDDDDDD

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:21

26. goodmorrow (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


His answer is BS. I didn't play the game but I know one thing. The Vietnamese government wants a cut. I'm sure he was threaten. In a country like Vietnam you have to pay off officials.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 21:10

27. imparanoic (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)


this is classic hipster flavor of the month casual gaming hype, no one will play it in 6 months time, the psy of gaming, maybe Nintendo should hire this Vietnamese whizkid to kickstart their dwindling Nintendo wii u console demand ( against the dominate sony's ps4 and ms xbox one) as well it's probably their target market

unlike real classic gaming which can hold the test of time after 10 years even after 20-25 years and still be good

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