Vietnam-based developer Nguyễn Hà Đông had achieved much success with his mobile game, Flappy Bird. In fact, according to The Verge, it was earning $50,000 per day.
The side-scrolling game’s objective was to direct a flying bird, which moves continuously to the right, between each oncoming set of pipes without colliding with them. If it collides with the pipes, the game ends. Though simple, the game proved to be addicting to many.
But, after less than 9 months in Google Play and the Apple App Store, Nguyen announced via Twitter that he would be removing the game.
“I am sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore,” he tweeted on Sunday, adding that it has “nothing to do with legal issues.”
His tweet was retweeted more than 141,000 times.
Nguyen’s decision came from the controversy that spiked about the game. Rumors sparked over teens committing murder over high scores and accusations that the creator tricked the app store into giving it a high ranking.
But, despite his hopes, the frenzy didn’t end when the creator pulled the popular game.
One gamer even posted a picture of herself on Twitter with a gun in her mouth, saying, “@dongatory if you delete flappy bird I’ll kill myself.” She later posted that it was a joke.
Since Sunday, Nguyen has continuously received harrassment and death threats.
@dongatory haha Faggot.
— Ricardo (@Ricardo2k12) February 10, 2014
@dongatory you're a piece of shit.
— mike C (@MCant915) February 10, 2014
“@dongatory: I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. " I WILL MURDER YOU.
— Somie ❣ (@somatalabany) February 9, 2014
@dongatory YOURE A FUCKING PUSSY!!! And this game sucks anyway. But you’re still a pussy. Kill yourself.
— Naor Daniel (@Deraifus) February 9, 2014
.@dongatory you're a clown. kill yourself.
— welp, (@welpcomma) February 9, 2014
Rumors even surfaced that the 28-year old had in fact committed suicide. But this ended when he personally responded that he was fine.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory_) February 10, 2014
Devices with Flappy Bird installed are now selling for as much as $100,000 on eBay.
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