Flappy Bird Creator Won’t Sell, Don’t Ask


Unless you’ve been living under a rock of considerable size, that’s underwater somewhere; you’ve heard of Flappy Bird. The simple, yet immensely challenging game was an overnight success. So much so that the developer, Dong Nguyen, has had to completely change his life to support it,

I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.

Nguyen has been pushed to the breaking point, and in less than one day’s time, he’s removing Flappy Bird from the App Store,

I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.

It was recently reported that the dev is making over $50K a day in ad revenue. It’s impossible to say that supporting the community isn’t worth his time. He’s also said he has no plans to sell the app,

I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask.

This is a bizarre situation at the very least. Maybe Nguyen has made enough money to “call it a day” and return to a simpler life, as he puts it.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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  • dirkradke

    He leads a simple life and he is a computer programmer? By definition you could call this a life that practically requires gadgets and gizmos and other technology. I’m questioning what he calls a “simple” life. Maybe he needs to go back to being Amish or something or start wearing bearskins? Of course a lot of what he is saying is similar to people who win the lottery and obtain an infusion of cash they are not ready to handle. Whatever the issue is I hope he is able to move on. His game looked like a decent idea that isn’t fully fleshed out. Even IGN acknowledged it has potential and they seem very hard to please sometimes.

  • BULL

    BULL. He’s a liar. Don’t act all innocent. If you want simple life, DONATE all your money then ! Just an attention seeker.