Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, admits the game is down as "it was just too addictive"
posted by Peter K. / Feb 11, 2014, 9:33 AM
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
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
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 9:38 AM 4
Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011
true, but i would have raked in the moolah!
posted on Feb 12, 2014, 4:57 AM 0
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Does anyone actually believe this guy? $50k a day and he took it down so he could sleep at night?
posted on Feb 12, 2014, 8:17 AM 0
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.
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 9:47 AM 7
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.
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 9:57 AM 4
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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 Feb 11, 2014, 10:21 AM 3
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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 Feb 11, 2014, 12:14 PM 2
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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 Feb 11, 2014, 4:54 PM 1
Posts: 1773; 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.
posted on Feb 11, 2014, 6:21 PM 1
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
posted on Feb 12, 2014, 9:10 PM 0
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