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Flappy Bird Creator Kills App

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The maker of the popular game Flappy Bird took the app from online stores, saying that its popularity had ruined his life.

Nguyen Ha Dong, the Vietnamese developer who created the viral Flappy Bird, tweeted on Saturday he would ax the game within a day and "I cannot take this anymore." 

By Sunday, the game was gone from iTunes and Google Play, according to InformationWeek. The free game was downloaded more than 50 million times.

Nguyen told the Verge that the game, which relied on ad revenue, was making $50,000 a day in mobile ads. Others also said that Nguyen had been accused by some for copying parts of games, including Nintendo sending Nguyen a cease-and-desist letter. Flappy Bird had some similarities to Super Mario Bros, but Nintendo said it had no intention of suing Nguyen.

Despite the reports, Nguyen said that he hasn't stolen anything nor did his killing off of his creation stem from legal problems. Previously he said that the game was successful, but "...it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

Can't a developer change his mind?

Flappy Bird's rise was quick and 50 million downloads means a heck of a lot more technical questions and requests. We think Nguyen was going crazy answering emails and requests and probably needed a break.

Perhaps he'll hire a few more people and open up shop again in the future.

 
 

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