Flappy Bird developer removes game from Google Play
Flappy Bird had a wild ride for the last few weeks but this ride has come a halt as the game developer Dong Nguyen has removed the game from various app stores including Google Play.
Nguyen on Saturday had tweeted his intensions to remove the game as he did not want all the attention and just desired his peaceful life back. Well, not everyone is attention hungry and clearly the success of Flappy Bird was becoming too much to handle for Dong Nguyen. Nguyen finally removed the game late-yesterday and Flappy Bird saga came to an end.
Flappy Bird: Ten days in Google Play
Originally released for iOS last year in May, Flappy Bird reached Google Play just a few days ago. It was launched for Android on January 31, 2014 and lasted just ten days before being pulled.
During these ten days, the game accumulated total installs between 10,000,000 and 50,000,000, which is a huge feat. Undoubtedly, the active installs number would be comparably lower given the frustrating nature of the game but still a milestone.
If you somehow missed all the Flappy Bird stories, the game objective was to direct a flying bird, which moves continuously to the right, between each oncoming set of pipes without colliding with them. You also needed to keep the bird flying by flapping its wings, one tap on the screen resulted in one flap and the bird was pushed slightly upward.
The sudden rise of the game and its popularity was not without controversies. The Flappy Bird developer was accused of stealing art from Super Mario as similarities between the two were apparent. Some also alleged that the developer used bots to boost the game rankings in Apple app store.
Dong Nguyen got even more attention after some interviews revealed that Flappy Bird was generating over $50,000 in ad revenue every day.
With constant pressure from all over and media hovering around the vultures over Dong Nguyen, he decided to remove the game from app store and get his life back.