‘Flappy Bird’ has been the topic of everyone’s conversation for the past few weeks; it was trending on Twitter (NYSE: TWTR), the number one game on Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) App Store and Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Play Store, and was downloaded an astonishing 50 million times. The game that pulled in an average of $50,000 a day from advertising proceeds has been officially deleted from the app stores.
Dong Nguyen, the 29-year-old creator of ‘Flappy Bird’, deleted the game from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store this week. On February 8th he tweeted that he would be taking down the game because he couldn’t take it anymore, but in a more recent interview with Forbes he stated that he deleted the game because it was too addictive.
After the games deletion Nguyen received an overwhelming amount of negative responses that included death threats. There was even a used iPhone with ‘Flappy Bird’ installed on it being auctioned on eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) for $100,000.
Though Nguyen stated that he took the game down because of his own decision, there have still been rumors circulating about whether or not it really was his own decision. ‘Flappy Birds’ green pipes had an undeniable similarity to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. Game, but the rumor of a Nintendo lawsuit has been dispersed as the spokesperson from Nintendo denied the speculation.
There are a few other rumors that have yet been denied; one is that Nguyen was using bots to ensure high ratings and more individual downloads, another is that Apple made Nguyen involuntarily delete ‘Flappy Birds’ because of the Nintendo similarity.