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

Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, admits the game is down as
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.

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



1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

21. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

true, but i would have raked in the moolah!

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

24. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Does anyone actually believe this guy? $50k a day and he took it down so he could sleep at night?

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

3. Mihajlo

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Read comment #22.

4. jaspergrantus

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 14, 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!

5. serrano989

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 02, 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.

17. jiezel91

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 28, 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!

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

7. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013


8. sonnyt

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

9. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

He looks like a flappy bird

10. kane74

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 24, 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.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Bull$h¡†!!! It's not gone forever, I have it! And I will install it "FOREVER"!! Love Android's open-source ♥

12. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 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.

28. jaspergrantus

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

im with you man!

13. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

14. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

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

15. genkidama20

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

20. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

26. goodmorrow

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 12, 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.

27. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 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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