'Flappy Bird' creator to pull hit game from app stores

By Shawn Knight · 18 replies
Feb 8, 2014
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  1. Flappy Bird's run as the most popular app atop multiple charts will soon be coming to an end. That's because the game's developer, Dong Nguyen, has decided to remove the game from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday.

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    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    Andrew Sorcini ‏@MrBabyMan 2h

    .@dongatory Don't worry #flappybird fans. I'm sure @Zynga will have a ripoff knockoff by yesterday.

  3. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

  4. Sex, Lies and Videotape.

    Or just too much coke.
  5. Ozzyoz

    Ozzyoz TS Rookie

    @NTAPRO they already have various ripoffs and the best one with best graphics so far is Clumsy Bird.

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  6. "One possible explanation is that it’s a bluff that is being used to generate even more downloads"

    ..no doubt about it.
  7. Ozzyoz

    Ozzyoz TS Rookie

    Man it is horrible, that Flappy Bird game looks like it has been done without care to the actual game player in mind. I tested Flappy Bird and also tested Clumsy Bird and clearly Clumsy is the winner because unlike Flappy Clumsy doesn't fall down too fast. The game maker should have slowed fall rate because Flappy Bird falls waay to fast and thats how people end up hitting the bottom pipe. I scored higher on Clumsy Bird than Flappy Bird. I've also noticed that in Flappy Bird, if you are even slightly close to that pipe itself, you will end up losing. Game maker again should have gotten these details right, anyone can test this fact of Flappy Bird hitting the air right next to the Pipe and not the pipe itself but yet losing.
  8. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 350   +112

    Oh man that's perfect :D
  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    He probably earned his goal "$1million in the bank right now!" lol I know if I had ripped off some copyright stuff I would pull it once I earned my lifetime goal xD
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  10. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 103   +77

    OMG. I dont know what is so special about this game but it has everybody talking so I am going to go an download it right now before it is gone forever......I hope they didnt raise the price before I can get to it....oh please tell me this isn't happening....I must have that game on my phone right now or I will miss my chance-of-a-lifetime to be part of the 'flappy birds' community of players because you know once its gone it will NEVER come back again....thats exactly how these things work with such eccentric developers...oh please I hope its not too late......
  11. Sounds like the angry birds took out the flappy bird.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    RIP Flappy Bird.

    I dont understand why someone who is making $50,000 a day just from ads would want to call it quits. Eh, its his choice. I just find it fascinating and shocking.
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    It's been pulled.

    Nice PR stunt. Now everyone will be expecting the next game from the 'creator of Flappy Bird'. No one in their right mind pulls it down if it's generating thousands.
  14. miluthui

    miluthui TS Member Posts: 16

    I'm from Vietnam and there's a rumor here saying he got sued by Nintendo and the General Department Of Taxation here has started to investigate him because he's made too much money without paying a single tax that's why he had to pull the game asap.
  15. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    6-- Yep, that seems far more likely than just "oh the people are abusing it".
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  16. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Now that I believe, to be honest I was about to say theres no way this is not a PR stunt because if my game was making 50k a day I would not pull it.

    I would believe that because that game was a blatant copy of Nintendo NES Mario games.
  17. I played this game because of Techspot but most of those ad clicks happen because as you are trying to flap your wings the ad come up almost full screen. Impossible not to click.
  18. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,350   +292

    I'm guessing he pulled it due to legal pressure (or just the threat of legal pressure), since many of the graphics are blatant mario rip offs... And possibly to avoid a little investigation into a bunch of allegations that he used bots to artificially pump up the app ranking. So much controversy surrounding such a little game.

    I'd have to agree that @miluthui is probably on to something as well, that much money super fast can be a tax nightmare in any country.

    Although, if you think about it, this COULD be an absolutely brilliant marketing ploy. How many people are going to keep playing it, start playing it again if they had it loaded before, or find and sideload it now, since it's suddenly such big news? And, correct me if I'm wrong, but won't he continue to receive the ad revenue unless he closes down his account? (I think it's Adsense he's using) He could theoretically still be pulling in $50+k a day, but have the game pulled to dodge legal action by saying it's no longer available.
  19. miluthui

    miluthui TS Member Posts: 16

    This is the face of Flappy Bird's creator for those who are curious about how he looks like:


    I must say his face kinda looks like the stupid bird in his game :D

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