The creator of Flappy Bird has removed it from app stores, complaining about the pressure that the game’s success has put him under.
Dong Nguyen tweeted about the removal yesterday, indicating that the enormous popularity that Flappy Bird has seen of late has caused a great deal of stress for him. Launched in May 2013, the game’s popularity exploded recently after it became a popular viral success through social media sharing.
It has been reported that Nguyen was making as much as $50,000 per day from advertising shown within the free app. However, the Vietnamese game developer says that the craze “ruins my simple life”.
He also says that he will not be selling the game to anyone else, and will continue to develop further smartphone apps in the future, describing himself as a “passionate indie game maker”.