First success, next sad news about sibling killed by brother over high score cheats and thirdly overexposure in the world media — all led the Vietnam-based game developer Dong Nguyen to shut down Falppy Birds game from today.
Flappy Bird, made available in stores since mid-2013, picked up recently and has been making reportedly an awesome $50,000 a day in ad revenue.
In Chicago, a teen reportedly stabbed his brother to death last weekend over their Flappy Bird scores, although it appears the story is unfounded.
" I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014", said his shocking tweet. He clarified, however, that it was not "anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."
"I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask. — Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
And I still make games.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014," said another tweet.
"I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," said another tweet from Nguyen, who had learned the C/C++ program at school.
There are rumours that Super Mario developer Nintendo is suing Nguyen for ripping off the ‘pipes’ from their original game but Ngueyen said his shutdown was not because of the legal issues but his personal simple life is at stake because of the popularity that his game gained in the last one week.
The game Flappy Bird has been trending on Twitter and has topped the free games list on both iOS App Store and Google Play with more than 50 million downloads.
Flappy Bird is a simple design with Mario-esque environments, where players try to tap the fluffy bird safely through rows of pipes. In fact, Nguyen had spoken about a sequel to the game in an interview but now is shying away from the media.
"Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace," he tweeted. But he is sure that he would "still make games."
In India too, the game has become a success that Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, an ardent gamer of FIFA, Batman: Arkham Origins, is anow busy with Flappy Bird.
"Birds are sweet & harmless but Flappy Bird is getting my goat. But at least she is keeping me away from waiting for expectations to fulfil," SRK tweeted, despite his busy schedule shooting for ‘Happy New Year’.