WASHINGTON, February 8, 2014 —The game “Flappy Bird” will not be available for download any longer after Sunday morning, game developer Dong Nguyen surprisingly reported Saturday on his Twitter account.
The game is at the top of the sales charts for both Apple and Android users.
The goal of the game is to move a bird through a maze type screen by tapping on the smartphone screen. If the bird flies into any part of the maze, the game is over.
The game is known for it extremely difficult level of play where scoring any points can be elusive.
Flappy Bird was created in mid-2013, but it only gained recognition over the past weeks.
Nguyen told the technology news source, The Verge, that the game was making $50,000 per day from advertisements. He continued saying that he was not going to make any changes to the game in the foreseeable future because it was successful as it was and did not want to ruin a good thing although he was contemplating creating a sequel to the game.
Despite this interview, on Friday he updated the game, and on Saturday morning he said he would be removing “Flappy Bird” from the app stores the following day.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore,” he Tweeted.
Nguyen went on to say that he is not selling the rights or the game itself. He added to the confusion by tweeting that the game is not being removed for any legal reasons, and adding that he plans to continue developing more games.
“I just cannot keep it anymore,” Nguyen said. “I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”
Is is estimated that Flappy Birds has been downloaded more than 10 million times on Android devices alone.
The full explanation as to why Nguyen is removing an extremely successful product is unclear, although there has been speculation about copyright issues since the maze of the game is created out of tubes that strongly resemble the pipes in the old Nintendo Mario Brothers games.
Others have also questioned if Nguyen increased the games rankings by creating false accounts to download the game.
It remains to be seen if the app actually is removed Sunday morning. It is expected that downloads will increase over the hours before the deadline by any person who has had a curiosity over the game with the belief that it will be unavailable soon.