The developer of Flappy Bird, the former most popular free mobile game
on the Apple Inc App Store and Google Inc's Android Play store, took the
game down at midnight on Sunday as he announced he would do 22 hours
The game is no longer available to download for either Apple
or Google users, but its fans still can have fun with the bird if they
already downloaded the game to their devices.
Nguyen Ha Dong, a
Hanoi-based game developer, announced the grounding of the addictive
game in a Tweet at 1900 GMT on Saturday in which he also apologised to
Flappy Bird players.
"Twenty-two hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down," Dong said, adding "it is not anything related to legal issues.
"I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.
(Also see: Flappy Bird creator says will take down the game on Sunday)
His Tweet attracted more than 136,000 Retweets as of 0430 GMT on Monday.
Bird caused a sensation after rising from obscurity to become one of
the most downloaded mobile games on both Apple and Google's online
Users have to steer a bird between green pipes. The Android version has been downloaded up to 50 million times and attracted
more than half a million reviews.
Many people have been
questioning Dong on Twitter about his decision to take down the game as
only a day earlier he had been talking about developing the game for
Microsoft's Windows phones.
(Also see: Flappy Bird mobile game sensation coming to Windows Phone this month)
Dong could not be reached for comment.
He turned his telephone off after cancelling an interview with Reuters
on Thursday and not finalising arrangements for one on Friday.
other successful game makers like Rovio Entertainment, which produced
the hugely popular Angry Birds game and has hundreds of programmers,
Dong made Flappy Bird by himself in a few nights, he said on Twitter
The game, which he said was inspired by Nintendo's Mario
Bros, has been earning on average $50,000 a day from advertising, Dong
said in a media interview.
Two friends of Dong said Nintendo had
sent him a warning letter, but the Japanese game maker said it was not
considering a lawsuit.
"It sounds very much like a rumour and if
it is, we certainly can't comment on that," Nintendo's media
representative told Reuters on Friday.
One gaming company manager said Dong's decision to take down the game was wise.
is taking one step back to avoid legal risk because it's too difficult
to deal with legal issues himself if it happens," said Duy Doan, a
senior manager at VTC Online, one of Vietnam's leading game companies.
said earlier that he was not looking for any investors and would not
sell the game. One expert said investors would not be interested.
Bird is not to the taste of many game investors because it's just
hit-based which will bring very uncertain cash flow and no recurring,"
said Nguyen Hieu Linh, investment manager at the Japanese CyberAgent
"I doubt he needs to fund raise as he's already
earned a certain amount of money and he doesn't need more help to make
this kind of mini game," Linh added.
© Thomson Reuters 2014