“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.”
“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.”
“I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.”
“And I still make games.”
Nguyen has been the target of a lot of internet hate for creating what many deem a pretty terrible game. In my own teardown of Flappy Bird, I didn’t say I begrudge Nguyen for making such a game, but rather the mindless public who would elevate the title to such popularity. But is criticism alone enough reason to take down the game entirely?
This sort of move makes no rational sense as Nguyen has been reported to be bringing in $50,000 a day from in-app advertising revenue. It would make sense if say, Nintendo was suing him for blatantly ripping off their art, but he claims that isn’t the case.
He also says he’s not interested in selling Flappy Bird, and he still makes other games, many of which are also quite popular on the Android and iOS app stores.
Is this really just a guy who can’t cope with sudden fame and success, or is something else going on here? I suppose with the amount of flack Nguyen has taken, it can wear on someone, but why take Flappy Bird down and not his other popular, also simplistic titles? Is there really a level of internet vitriol that can make someone simply throw away $50,000 a day?
This all seems very strange, and the story is still developing as we speak. I’ll post updates if any further information comes to light. In the meantime, feel free to suggest your own theories about what exactly is going on here.