San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – Making $50,000 a day for an app wasn’t enough to persuade Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen to keep his blockbuster game Flappy Bird available for download. Speaking to the Washington Post, Nguyen declared that he removed Flappy Bird from because it was getting too addictive for players.
“The main reason of removing ‘Flappy Bird’ is the negative effect to my players. I have a serious reason to take down the game and I would like to apologize people for that,” Nguyen said in an email.
The developer was quick to acknowledge and thank the people who downloaded and supported the game. He added that he has no plans to make the game available again.
On Twitter, Nguyen expressed that he wants to keep his life simple.
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it,” Nguyen tweeted.
Nguyen wants to his games to just be games and “not billion-dollar production.”
“There were a lot of inspirations, mostly from games I played in my childhood. I like pixel art and it makes a game feel more a game to me than modern vector art,” Nguyen added.
It took several months before Flappy Bird was even noticed by users. Last January the game shot up the charts.