Flappy Bird, a maddeningly addictive mobile game that’s dominated conversations for the past week, will be pulled from app stores in less than 24 hours. The game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, jumped onto Twitter to announce the news, saying he “cannot take this anymore.” Ever since rising in popularity, the game has been at the center of heated controversy. Most people have reflected on Flappy Bird’s existence in the gaming world, while others have accused Nguyen of stealing art for his benefit. It was recently revealed that the title had been raking in around $50,000 per day.
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
While Flappy Bird has been around for months, the game only recently hit headlines, and people haven’t stopped talking about it since. As of this writing, the game is still available, sitting atop the mobile mountain—but it won’t be for long. According to Nguyen, the instant success has brought him nothing but pain and anguish. Earlier this week, he pleaded with the Internet to give him peace, saying, “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want.” That overwhelming pressure and notoriety, it seems, was just too much.
Nguyen said he’s not taking the game down due to legal issues, and is refusing to sell it. Judging by what’s transpired over the past few days, it seems as though Nguyen is genuinely upset by the constant debate and criticism, and would prefer to hide away from his sudden Internet celebrity the best way he can: by taking the game down forever. The game is currently free in the iTunes Store and Google Play, so play it while you can, because it’s about to disappear into the mobile ether for good.
As promised, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has officially pulled his hit game from the iTunes app store. We still see it in parts of iTunes (online, for example, though it is no longer a…