What Happened to Flappy Birds: Why Creator Removed Game From iTunes & Google Play

Flappy Birds creator, Dong Nguyen has pulled the game from sale on the iTunes and Google Play store.

Flappy Birds creator, Dong Nguyen, has pulled the game from sale on the iTunes and Google Play store. Taking to Twitter, Nguyen posted several tweets saying:

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."

"It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."

"...ruins my simple life... I hate it"

The cause behind this is that Dong has been on the receiving end of various abuses from gamers about the game.

"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."

Similarities to the FEZ 2 cancellation incident can be observed here. While Nguyen hasn't gone as far as to quit the industry all together like Phil Fish did, pulling the game down completely has the same effect as the cancellation of FEZ 2.

With all due respect, if you don't want to be in the public eye, don't make video games.

The moment you decide to make a game and ask the public to pay attention to it, you are also putting yourself out there as its creator; you have to accept the good and the bad points that come with that.

Yes, personal attacks and abuse are totally unacceptable but they are part and parcel of success. It's not like anyone is forcing you to read hateful tweets and Facebook posts. If you don't want hate across social media, don't have social media.

I myself worked in a call centre for a number of years. I was paid to help people over the phone. I received daily personal abuse in my job and I was forced to endure it because that is what I was paid to do. No one is forcing these developers to read hateful messages. I know as a content creator myself, while it is hard not to read it, sometimes you just have to make the effort not too.

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Published Feb. 10th 2014
  • DawnPHenry
  • chantelle_2157
    put back on app store now
  • Reagan_3368
    Why Did It Get Removed? Heres The Answer. The Creator Of Flappybird got too much messages saying that they couldnt get past there high score so he decided to take it off everyone trying to make one the exact same as flappy bird
  • Ewan_8910
    Why remove it you should just ignore the horrid comments
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    This will sound crazy, but I think the creator made the right move removing Flappy Bird.

    Yes, he was making oodles of money. Yes, it would have been seemingly easy to ignore the criticism and keep on making that money. But I think that if he's willing to give up the cash, and apparently he is, then he's got every right to ask for privacy and to be left in peace. If he were leaving up the game and making money on it, it would be a trade off for exposing himself to public discussion.

    Just my two cents.
  • Si_W
    Disagree entirely, no one needs to take abuse and shouldn't have to withdraw from social media just because a load of people decide to post mindless abuse. Twitter is the worst social media platform ever, I've never used it myself and never will.

    Working in a call centre will bring abuse whether calls are inbound or outbound, but again that's not really justified. I used to work at the Child Support Agency and the level of abuse was pretty high. I was fine with it, but others weren't. Still no justification for it though.
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    I tend to agree with this. Just because he's in the public eye doesn't mean he has to tolerate abuse or hate. He certainly doesn't deserve it.

    I definitely don't want to start sending the message that in order to be a developer, people must prepare for awful personal abuse and hate mail 24/7. I want developers to be respected and for gamers to be civil so we can continue to have awesome games.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    I agree with the premise here in general: people should not be harassed and ridiculed as a matter of course, but this isn't an issue that just applies to game devs.

    Actors. Writers. Politicians. Community Managers. Bloggers. Beauty pageant winners. Spelling bee winners. Athletes... Almost anyone and everyone who has been exposed to some amount of publicity, whether international or limited to their social circle, however small, will get both positive and negative feedback. It's a function of people having opinions, and a certain percentage of the population lacking tact or the desire/ability to express feedback in a way that is constructive.

    I can't see a way to avoid that outcome that isn't removing oneself from the spotlight.
  • Cosmic Engine
    Featured Contributor
    Oh I'm not saying that any form of abuse is justified or acceptable. My point is that whether good or indeed bad, that is the way some of the internet is. While I respect that may indie dev's are not in it for fame and riches, one feels a thicker skin is required sometimes.

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