Goodbye Flappy Bird: dev says he'll remove the game from Google Play and iOS App Store

Come tomorrow, Flappy Bird will no longer be available to download via Google Play and iOS App Store. That’s what Dong Nguyen, the game’s developer, said on Twitter about an hour ago.

According to Nguyen, who lives in Vietnam and didn’t expect Flappy Bird to become so successful, he “will take Flappy Bird down” tomorrow, because he “cannot take this anymore.” Earlier this week, Dong Nguyen tweeted that “press people” were “overrating the success” of his games, and all he wanted was for people to “give him peace.”

Flappy Bird was downloaded more than 50 million times on iOS and Android, currently generating about $50,000 per day from ads. The game is free, has vintage 8-bit graphics, and only requires players to tap the screen to keep the flappy bird alive (that, as you may know, can get quite challenging - and most of the time also really frustrating).

Since the developer says he’s removing Flappy Bird from Google Play and iOS App Store, we’ll probably not see the game landing on Windows Phone at all. Even so, Flappy Bird fans already have alternatives / clones to download, not just on Windows Phone, but also on Android and iOS.

Dong Nguyen says that he’ll still make games. A selection of his games (all designed in the same retro style as Flappy Bird) is available at his website, dotGears Studios. Available titles include Smashing Kitty, Shuriken Block, and Ninjas Assault.


sources: Twitter, dotGears Studios

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51 Comments

1. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

this may be the dumbest thing done by a mankind

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I can understand this, its probably the same as people who win the lottery (which he did). The guy probably has all sorts of vultures coming over pretending to be friendly to get a piece of the pie. Family members who didn't give a damn, friends who barely cared, neighbors and even unknown douchebags all coming in for handouts they know he has. How do you turn them down without them guilt tripping you to death? Poor obscenely rich guy...

11. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

He's a humble man, and wants to live in peace. I understand him, too.

26. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I've read some Vietnamese article saying the tax department in Vietnam is staring at his money, too. Believe me, the government there ain't cool. The rules over taxes aren't clear. They're gonna bring him a lot of troubles especially if he continues with this game. Peace is best, but probably he's already lost part of it.

27. likemorethan1

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

i'm vietnamese, and what you said is true. Our Goverment ain't cool. I MEANT IT

51. ilani

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

That actually makes sense now! What doesn't make sense, is he could have just reprogrammed it to be ad-free. wouldn't that solve his tax problems? must be something else....

33. intos

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

even the deleporer has pissed off with this stupid bird

13. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Two sides to every story, I get that. Leave the game up and book yourself a one-way ticket to the Bahamas, for crying out loud.

49. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

No, the government don't allow him to leave the country. And, IRS is chasing after him. (from #26 and #27)

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You saan of beach, marcher fracture.

39. xpr3ss10n

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Perhaps the only second to how dumb this game is

41. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Can he just give me the right to the game instead. Because I'm such a nice guy who is willing to take that terribly heavy burden of making 50,000 a day.

50. sbfalex

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

before you call others stupid maybe you should take a crash course of basic english to help your disability in english proficiency and not embarrass yourself ever again publicly

2. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

He's gotten enough money, I guess. $50000 a day is already a heck lot in the US, but in Vietnam... Hmm. He's good for the rest of his life. :D (Edit: but well... it's kinda annoying when people around you know that you make $50,000 a day. Many people are like parasites. They're gonna juice you off. I guess that's why he can't take it anymore.) I also want to add that the ads in Flappy Bird are no longer there. For now the game is ad free on my Mega and my sister's Note 3. The ads were still there like 3 hours ago.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Opps they're back. I wonder why ads were off for like 2-3 hours. xD

3. outlawog

Posts: 47; Member since: Nov 27, 2013

looool what?

5. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Didn't get it... could someone tell me why he wants to remove it?

6. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

It is in the article.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It's a trap .

46. beochot

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

Well , it is really shameful to acknowledge that.But we are here in vietnam .He is being pressed by a lot of newspaper and on the net. Somes even saying that his game is trash or Somes even states he copies blah blah blah because of jealousy.You can see it by seeing the vote on the game (worldwide 4 stars but in vietnam only 1 star)

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Looks like WP fans never missed out on anything... Lol.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1760; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

They did. It's already happened. It's more like they will not be missing out on anything. ;)

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No... What they don't know won't hurt them.. Never missed anything... ..................... Now, Instagram, Snapchat, or Vine? That would've been bad... But, as far as games go, WP fans have a lot to enjoy, and the synergy between WP getting games when iDroid gets them is drastically coming closer, and improving... This is really no big deal... ..................... Now, I will admit that it's sad that Candy Crush is missing on WP... A lot of WP fans are seriously missing out on that... Females most likely... But, apps and games are by far improving since 2013, and they don't show any sign of slowing down......

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lol so this was your excuse for not getting Flappy Bird? You're getting good at twisting the truth like Steve Jobs and Obama did.

43. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'm not making any excuses for not getting the app.. Where are you getting that from? And, why would I have to make an excuse for anything?? Im not Microkia.. Lol! WTF are you talking about? All I'm saying is that its no big deal.. Would I like to have seen this game come to WP? Of course I would, but life goes on... Seriously, why do you continue to make whatever point it is that you are trying to make?.. What are you hoping to accomplish? You've already reached max immaturity.. Your job is complete... ................ Making an excuse for WP not getting a app..... You're sad.

48. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I like that 'Steve Jobs and Obama'.

8. DKMDROID

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Guessing alot of bigger companies are asking to sign him and possibly have him sell his game and the rights off to them either that or people just wanna know him for his money

14. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I was reading about this earlier. He doesn't like any of the attention he's getting and he wants to be left alone. Maybe he should sell the rights to the game.

15. Tony4Life

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2014

I'd be happy to take over maintenance of the app and send him a residual check for an amount he's comfortable with or donate a portion to the charity of his choice. It sounds like people want to keep the app and see it supported and improved over time. It would be a shame to see this game go if it makes to many people happy playing it..

16. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Or he wants to force people into not uninstalling the app because that way they couldn't get it back and well he'll still be getting 50k/day

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