This is a strange story for an otherwise normal Saturday, but apparently Dong Nguyen, creator of the international super hit Flappy Bird [Free], has had enough of everything that comes with being an overnight sensation and is going to take the game down from the App Store. He apologizes to Flappy Bird players, and states via Twitter "22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore." Here is the tweet in question.


A few follow up tweets state that Dong is not pulling the game due to any legal issues, and that he won't be selling Flappy Bird to anyone. Finally, he tweets that he'll still continue to make games. While most anyone would kill to have a number one app across the globe, Dong has seemed to shy away from the spotlight, declining most interviews and even asking the media to give him peace earlier this month. It looks like he's finally hit his breaking point. So, you better grab Flappy Bird now if you want it, because if Dong follows through on his tweet then you won't be able to download it anymore by this time tomorrow.

  • AKLT

    Finally. Sense has returned from the abyss.

  • falco

    Well maybe he realised he made enough money with this game.

  • webman2k

    Um, sell it? I'm sure there would be buyers. Put the rights on eBay!

    • Mirkwood

      He said the game is not for sale on twitter

  • Rob Allison

    I would love to have this exposure for my games. I had 2000 downloads today and was over the moon. One day!

    • clompah

      What's your game called?

      • Rob Allison

        14px. It's a platformer. The feedback is great so far, I've just not *quite* made $50k a day πŸ˜€ (no where near!!!)

      • drlemon

        Oh, I love your game! Huge fan, man.

      • Rob Allison

        Oh wow! Thanks! This is what it's all about really! Thanks a lot. Maybe I'll do another update soon πŸ˜‰

      • KevinS

        I love 14px. Been playing it for quite a while! πŸ™‚

      • Rob Allison

        Thanks! πŸ™‚

      • peaThere

        Hey just played your game it's pretty awesome I wish I was b4

      • Lyle Van Cormer

        I'm joining the club and saying I love your game too. Downloaded it within the first week, and it's a blast. Good work!

      • kowwok

        No way! What a great game, awesome job creating such a gem man.

      • _the_escape_artist_

        I love your game! It's awesome. I've had people see me play and be like "What's that? what's it called?" And then they get it. Hehe.

      • Rob Allison

        Haha, that's awesome! Thanks! (I should have probably used a better name!! πŸ˜€ )

    • TheCurrentGamer


    • wermy

      Heh, I'd kill for 2000 downloads in one day. πŸ™‚

    • Delcast

      Lol I know, we're circling the 1k daily downloads. with our game... I wish I was getting so much money that I couldnt handle it..

    • Tyler

      haha right? Pretty sure the most my game has been downloaded in a single day is like 100 units, and I thought that was impressive!

    • Ecko7123

      I will be buying your game now

      • Rob Allison

        Wow, thanks πŸ™‚

  • Kane

    DONG give me the rights πŸ˜‰ i can handle the monies!

  • C. Stubb


  • paulf58

    Why? Doesn't he know he's sitting on a gold mine?

  • Mrwubbs

    Good. Eff this pos game. I can't take it anymore either.

  • defunct32

    It's fun. It keeps me occupied, thanks dong!

  • morgawr

    Boo hoo, my game is a hit and now I'm rolling in dough. Sheesh...

    • Holcman

      Hey, either way, he's gonna get hate. Go make a game sensation man, I know you can handle it better.

    • callmericard0

      Comments like this are why he's pulling the game.

    • LOLCAT

      I don't think the money is what he's having a problem with (as much.) I heard this yesterday from a friend who said that he was taking the game down because two people had killed each over because of it. Just look in the AppStore reviews for literally thousands of horror stories about how the game has ruined peoples lives. (Despite the fact that most of them are amusing, I would imagine that, after reading so many of them, one would start to get worried.) I think Dong made a respectable choice, seeing that Flappy Bird seems to be ruining half of the world's lives.

  • bhornburg

    Thank gawd, I'm so sick of hearing about this 'game'.

  • falco

    If he continue to make crappy games I don't know...

    • falco

      The sound in Flappy bird is horrible and there is no music.

      • defunct32

        You play music from your iDevice.

      • mclifford82

        That's such a cop out. All games let you do this, they have to. It doesn't take any effort. It's not a feature. Ding ding Dong, ring a ding ding ding Dong.

  • paulf58

    People who bitch about it: sorry you suck at video games / jealous of success.

    • falco

      Lol nope

    • falco

      I'm sorry but I like games I'm good enough not a pro I enjoy Flappy bird too.

  • Zivicus

    Interesting choice. Could in a sense make a martyr of Flappy Bird. A huge influx of downloads? Possibly a revolt?

    • TheCurrentGamer

      That's an interesting point. A coincidence the new flappy bird update JUST hit the App Store?

  • ODMay

    So, I'm playing Flappy Bird and all of a sudden this pops up in my notifications.... /: That guy seems so depressed. He should've been aware of this. The AppStore is National not local.

  • Double

    Makes sense, the game was only making around $50,000 in ad revenue a day. SMH

  • Matthew White

    Don't pull it. Just transfer the rights to me.

  • TheCurrentGamer

    Me and my kid brother both love playing this game. The dev is saying something about people are playing the game too much?

    I can't understand this, and am not sure what he means. Hopefully he can get some sleep, and perhaps some PR help and keep this game on the App Store.

    He essentially won the lottery with Flappy Bird, it would be hard to watch him throw away the ticket.

    • TheRedKirby

      He doesn't want the attention or the fame

      • TheCurrentGamer

        He doesn't have to take those things. He could just take the money.

        He is claiming to not want that either. He is saying he is going to take the game down, AND that he won't sell it to anyone.

      • albinosalad

        He doesn't have to get all the attention. If he is making $50k a day then he can hire a PR firm to take care of it.

      • mclifford82

        Yeah, then he just has to deal with the PR firm, lawyers to protect the IP from copy cats, etc. Success doesn't come without its burdens, whether you want them or not.

      • crazy dad

        That or this is good pr to incentivize more people to download now and rake in more money while he can.

  • Cleafus

    Will you be able to download it from the cloud if you already "purchased" it?

    • Adams Immersive

      That's Apple policy--I've never tried it, but I'd say yes. (You would find it under Purchased apps, not in the main store, IIRC.)

    • yetanotherapp

      You can yes

    • Themostunclean

      Unless Apple pulls an app for some violation, it should be available indefinitely. You just won't see any info for it on your purchased list, just the download button.

  • Randy6T9

    No one wants blood money. Good for him.

    • TheCurrentGamer

      Blood money? How? What?

      • pdSlooper

        Blood from the death of FOR REALS GAMING, I imagine. πŸ˜€

  • falco

    If it was $1 and no ads I would care because I think this game is not worth millions

  • David Nguyen

    Something shady is going on. The number 2 app in the app store is another tacky retro app from another app creator. You can't really get lucky in the App Store these says like when the App Store came out like how Trism became a massive success. Someone is artificially padding the numbers and downloads to get to the top ranks for this. I know people can pay companies to do this but I'm not sure what the exact case is here.

    • Chris Gonzales

      Unless you can show proof this is happening, your opinion doesn't mean much.

      • David Nguyen

        True. But then again nobody's opinions really mean anything on comment sites.

      • Scot Damn

        Wow. Answering the accusation of using bots with a question "Does it matter?" is suspicious enough for me. 4 days after the article, he removes the app... This is fantastic! Thanks for the link.

      • Jake7905

        Reminds me of Ralph's response to Tony in the Soprano's, when Tony asked him if he killed Pie O My.

    • Scot Damn

      I agree something is going on under the surface. The removal shouldn't be taken at face value.

      • mclifford82

        It also shouldn't be scrutinized like the JFK assassination either. Goddamn.

    • lavenders2

      Why would some random game maker pay to make his game a hit, then decide he hated his own idea so much that he pulls his game off the appstore, denying him even more money? It would make sense if it was EA or something, but this guy didnt even want the fame or fortune

  • lazrhog

    Even if it is pulled from the AppStore, there will be 10 million or so players still generating income for him

    • TheCurrentGamer

      Interesting point. I didn't know this.

      • xx99

        People who already have the game can keep playing it. The money makes money from ads, not purchases. As longs as it still has ads, he'll keep making money from the views.

  • hvianna

    That's kinda sad, but I'm glad to hear he will continue to make games. I actually like Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block!

    • rewind

      But why should he continue to make games if he won't let them succeed?

  • nini

    Good for him, seems like no amount of cash was worth the attention he was getting given he never wanted it. Some will call him stupid for doing it, I respect the guy highly for not selling out to everything that came his way.

  • Adan


    • GasaixYuno

      Thank god

      • Brown Cow

        High five the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  • London-SV

    Why does he make games and and publish them if he can't handle them being a success?

    • Vanessa Lau

      Some people like to make games for fun and share them with others. I'm guessing the whole fame thing came as a shock since Flappy Bird did become an overnight sensation and it wasn't something that corresponded with his values. He just wanted to share his games with others, not get bombarded by the press everyday.

      • Adsinjapan

        There's making games for fun and everyone to enjoy, then there's making a game with ads that generate cash. Look at Deadly Bullet. A great game made by a guy working in a top AAA game dev firm who wanted to make something fun and polish his skills. It's entirely free.
        Whatever is going on with the flappy bird dev, there's either more to the story or he's getting greedy and he's trying to push up sales or media attention.

    • mclifford82

      Do you know lots of programmers or computer artists that are good with people? Let alone a community as idiotic and fickle as this one can be? Please.

  • exile

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    • SkyrimMaster

      "That's a lotta fish"

  • seinfeld95

    Here's how I see it: if he's received so much attention during the game's existence on the App Store, then is he not considering the backlash following its removal?
    The attention could very well multiply as a result of removing such a successful game, unless of course he's planning on moving to another planet.
    I'm really not following his logic here.

    • rewind

      Yea, instead of getting loads of attention, he's risking getting shot at his front door by extreme Flappy Bird fans...

  • parkerconsulting

    Be careful what you do because you just might be successful. Why is he continuing to make games? What are his plans if his future games become #1, will he pull them as well.

    • seinfeld95

      Exactly. I'm really struggling to understand what the hoo-ha is going on here.

    • mclifford82

      I'd imagine he'd be doing them under a pseudonym or company name (the first option I think is better because it's easy enough to figure out who owns a company and you can't really lie about that).

  • petcar

    Poor guy. Must be horrible making millions of dollars from a days work.

    • Chris Gonzales

      Some people have different values than you. Get over it.

  • ikari_paul

    If i were making $50K a week i would just tell everybody to f*** off :O
    The guy is a cheat though

    This said, he is just trying to keep himself in the news.

    • Chris Gonzales

      Post your evidence. "According to some sites" is meaningless.

      • Scot Damn

        Have you seen the charts/reviews in question? If I were you, I'd check it out before defending. You might save some face.

      • Chris Gonzales

        That's...exactly what I was asking them to do: show me the charts. Without those, this is just some random internet commenter spouting bullshit. Same applies to you.

        Also, lol at "save some face" as if I give a shit.

      • Scot Damn

        Your laziness means it doesn't exist? Nice world you live in. HA!

      • Chris Gonzales

        Whoa you sure showed me!*

        *not the charts though, since they apparently don't exist

  • rewind

    This is wrong and very sad. He must not have pride in his work if he can't accept the glory. I don't understand Dong and never will. He broke App Store records and truly made us question the future if our society. I can no longer sympathize for him.

    Dong, don't take it too hard, but I hate you. And you fully deserve that hatred.

    Now let me cry into my pillow.....

    • Chris Gonzales


      • rewind

        Hey, it's probably the most depressing video game article I've read in a very long time. I just needed to get the sadness out of me and the best way to do that is to express my opinion in the comments section. I wasn't throwing F-bombs around, I was just showing my anger.

        If Dong goes through with this, then I have lost pretty much all respect for the man. However, if he isn't actually taking it down, then he's a marketing genius.

      • Chris Gonzales

        I think you're a little too emotionally invested in this story. It's his app, his life. I don't really see how this affects anyone else in a way that matters.

    • pdSlooper

      "truly question the future of our society?"

      And we're calling the DEV a nutball?

  • chank

    I wonder if the developer is really overwhelmed, or if this is a tactic to get even more people to download the game. Hmmm

  • Pras

    It seems that no-one gets the idea that some people have morality. He's not necessarily only thinking about the money. What if you created something that managed to get over 100,000 reviews of people saying it destroyed their lives. Not everyone might realise what kind of torture it could be becoming a centre of attention so quick..

    • 61050

      honestly, id be thrilled if i found out that my _game_ has ruined peoples lives. then again, i seem to take this weird pleasure in the stupidity of our species. its not like the guy was collaborating with einstein on the manhattan project.

      • Pras

        True enough, but it doesn't have to be manhattan project scale to make someone feel bad or shy away - also the stupidest thing we do is assume others do or should think like we do.

  • Pipipitchu

    Goodbye, Crappy Bird!

  • OneBagTravel

    What a rich dork.

  • pcburcham

    For someone who hates the press he sure spends a lot of time generating press.

  • Nemerlebb

    Can't help but feel there are legal issues behing this decision and he's blaming it on a break down. Like come on! No one spits on more money and fame

  • Ultima12

    I wonder what has him so stressed. Isn't what's happening with Flappy Bird what every developer wants?!

  • Scot Damn

    LMAO!!! There is a god!!

  • Jake7905

    What can't he take anymore? The large amount of money he's making on an inferior product? Or his life of fame on the celebrity D-List? Ridiculous.

  • CaptSaltyJack

    I read somewhere that this guy just used a GameSalad template to create Flappy Bird. Maybe this is why he feels guilty now.

  • tony

    if it's true, its a legal issue. plus he says he will not sell the game. Mario probably came knocking at his door.

  • Arcite

    Know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away,
    Know when to run. πŸ˜€

  • Justin Fic

    Dong Nguyen is the Kurt Cobain of the App Store.

    • Jake7905

      Except for the fact that Cobain put out a great product and was a genuine artist. And he was truly famous.

      • Justin Fic

        So the people we hate are excluded from being in the genuine artists club?

      • witedahlia

        I thought it was funny.

      • Jake7905

        Who said anything about hating? I just have a hard time seeing Flappy Bird and Nevermind as equal accomplishments.

      • mclifford82

        He was referring to him killing off his App, and Kurt Cobain taking his own life. Not once did he equate Flappy Bird's success with an album like Nevermind, or even get close to that.

      • Jake7905

        And obviously it makes sense to compare a man taking his own life with pulling an app off the App Store. Excellent point.

  • Javier Casanova

    Smells like a ploy

  • peaThere

    It's got to be something, someone doesn't just canceled a game because they don't like the money he obviously did something and now is trying to hide it.

  • gmattergames

    Flash in the pan anyway. The clones will be upon us soon.

  • Silverfist

    Some people just want to make games to make games, not be a sudden worldwide game dev celebrity. I'm sure he's happy for the money, but IMO that's not worth getting harassed and insulted by a couple million people 24/7 like I'm sure he is now...

    • pdSlooper

      Some people will never understand this. It's just gotta be some conspiracy! Why, if *I* were in his place... yadda yadda blippity blah...

  • Kisguri

    Now nothing stands in the way of my shameless clone "Murica Eagle" I made yesterday and put on google Play! Seriously though i have been developing for 14 years and would love this kind of exposure and returns, we haven't heard all
    the story I would quess!

  • jeffyg3

    I really disliked the game, but I can't believe I'm downloading it again cuz if I don't, I know I'll never be able to hate it all over again later. I think there's something strangely wrong with me haha

    • mclifford82

      iCloud lets you download old copies even if they're pulled by the dev. As long as Apple themselves doesn't remove it for a violation you should still be able to download what you "paid" for (it's free, but a license is a license)

  • killaroach

    It's just a publicity stunt... People that play and love the game will tell their friends to download it before it's gone for good and this will increase downloads further. There's no way anyone would throw away an app that makes them as much money as the dec claims it does. Furthermore, the idea that the game is a Mario ripoff is a tad ridiculous... Just because the pipes look like Mario's does not make it a ripoff; he could just as easily have had different looking pipes or something else all together and the game would have sold just as much ... It's the idea and mechanics behind the game that make it so popular and I think the dev is due some credit. I'm pretty sure the game will stay intact on the App Store and as far as Nintendo coming knocking on his door- I don't think so. They don't have much legal recourse to using the dev based on the design of the pipes

  • TrencH

    In my opinion the responses to Flappy Bird are more irritating then the game. Some people like it, some don't. My view is that it is not horrible but very mediocre and just not enough going on. It survives through its funny sounding name, the goofy looking bird and the fact that it is a record breaker game. Other then that it's got nothing.

    Having said that it's not horrible. It's reminds me of that song from Psy. It becomes the rage and you hear about it everywhere and almost everyone is listening to it. Maybe people just get irritated seeing it circulate and be talked about it everywhere more then how the game plays.

    As for the end of the game on the Apple store I think some people are private and have trouble doing things in public. To get someone like that and put him in a situation in which everyone knows him based on his game must be rough.

    I hope he can get though it though because the game at this moment is a temporary gold mine. I put the emphasis on temporary because I just don't think the game has the legs to continue that success.

    My advice to him would be to be brave and let the money roll in because I don't think it will last too long and then as the game popularity fades he can get his privacy back. Then he will have a bigger bank account and the money to support what he wants to do and other games he might want to develop.

    Best of luck to him and to those who are don't have to play it or understand it...Choice is good...

    Choose to play another game and to read a article with a different subject. There are plenty of them here.

  • CzechCongo

    Man, there is a lot of craziness and hate up there.

  • InfectiousRed

    Crappy Flappy go nappy.

  • NinjaKitteh

    Long Duck is a marketing genius! Pretending not to like fame and money was brilliant, but threatening to pull the game...truly inspired. He needs to open his own PR firm.

    • Himmat Singh

      Indeed, a stroke of brilliance. And he keeps the media trolled. Hah!

  • London-SV

    I love dong

    • Papa Deuce

      Lots, or just a little?

    • Papa Deuce

      Lots, or just a little?

  • Anthony

    ...and with that Flappy Watch 2014 comes to close.

  • Holcman

    Noooooo I need to beat more high scores! Current score is 304! Aww. Anyways, back to my life!

  • witedahlia

    I never realized there was the potential for so much stress from making a game. I never knew the press would harass you and fans would stalk you. I wonder how the other successful game developers cope with all that media frenzy?

    • mclifford82

      Most obfuscate themselves behind a company name or even a pseudonym (this will become more prevalent after this, guaranteed).

  • asdtfdr

    sure, yeah, he is removing it. download it while you can people, and tell all your friends! this is not a marketing move, no. like he didn't use bots to bring his app to the tops. no, he is genuinely surprised and overwhelmed by the app's success.

  • witedahlia

    Sorry for the double post, but I just went up to the App Store to read the reviews for Flappy. How is it possible that every single review that I saw (and I kept scrolling for awhile) are the length of a novella? Most of them are first person POV cautionary tales filled with details of addiction and advice for recovery, as well as tips for playing the game well. That's just weird.

    • Baracus

      Wow yea I just looked (UK store) and totally see what you mean! That is REALLY bizzare. Never seen it before ever. What is going on here!?

      • rewind

        At first, I thought a few people were just writing long comments on the absurdity of Flappy Bird's success and the dangerous levels of boredom in our society.

      • rewind

        But then, I realized that a good portion of those 500,000 reviews were documentaries. It's weird.

        Someone (presumably Apple since it would be easy for them) should make a running list of the reviews for kids 100 years from now to see when learning about 'The Dawn Of Society' in their history classes.

    • RelientKSoCal

      Something really is quite fishy about those reviews. Several of them don't just call the game addicting but refer to it as "evil" or "hell" or "satan." If he could get bots to download his game, certainly he could have gotten bots to review it also?

      • RelientKSoCal

        I don't know about you, but I certainly don't use the words evil, hell or satan when reviewing a video game. Unless that game is Diablo. Then those words are actually quite appropriate.

    • pdSlooper

      Have you ever seen Amazon reviews for things like "Bic pen for her"? One person makes a parody review and others find it, think it's funny, and follow suit.

      • Randy6T9

        Exactly! It's curious just how many folks can't figure this out, lol.

  • Chris Brady

    And he thinks doing this will stop the questions, the speculation and the interviews. Poor, naive fool.

  • Oats

    That sux

  • gmattergames

    I keep thinking, somewhere, someone is working on a "crappy turd".

  • peaThere

    how does he make money if it's a free game. who pays him the App Store or iTunes just wondering

    • CaptYadierPR

      All the Ads

  • anabolicMike

    Well first off. There are games like this one already but god himself doesn't understand why some shoot to the top and others don't lol. Simple everything maybe meh. Anyway the second thing I wanna say is the most important:

    sell the game you hippie! With the amount of users it's got and the like someone will give ya 7 digits for it! Id kill to have a game with this amount of popularity simply because I want to have the " bought by zenga for 1.2 billion" problem... The same problem OMGPOP had with draw something. Massive cash for it. Course it's pee pee flopped when it got bought but hey! Thems the breaks!

  • Papa Deuce

    You know, judging by his name, he is obviously Asian.... So maybe his culture is much more subdued or private than our is in the USA. I can understand his feelings if he grew up in that culture. Plus, he likely has made, and will make money for some time to come. Thing is, my kids both have played it, and both are already "over" it, and have stopped playing. Games like this have very little long term staying power. They get old and aggravating very quickly.

    • Himmat Singh

      He is Vietnamese.

  • 5hift

    Did he get tired at failing on his own game?

  • ravippe

    I personally hate the game, its pointless, and it's frustrating. Good remove it. Now I can play final fantasy 6. It was an immediate download to trash game lol.

  • efforting

    He may well be a viral marketing genius. Get out while the iron is hot and your at your peek and leave them guessing what you will do next.
    My theory is that someone was simply a testing a way to game the App Store ranking system that was way more successful then they thought it would be and it blew up out of control. He's getting out before the story breaks.

  • Duuude

    Well either his story is true, in which case I can totally understand him.

    OR, he is an absolute Marketing Genius!
    Sales will go through the roof now, we'll see if he pulls it or not ...

  • nimu

    Faith in humanity has been restored

  • Revolvix

    This is a similar situation to the guy that created the video game Fez. The industry does that to some people. There was obviously some sort of pressure from somewhere and he just can't take. Bless the poor chap, success is a dish served cold it would seem sometimes. Similar to peoples live being destroyed from winning the lottery.

  • hkgsulphate

    He had been earning 50K USD daily anyways

  • josh nolan

    Yeah right... Cannot stand rolling in the dough from all of the idiots.... That will be the day

  • daftman

    No, Dong, I'm only up to 12!

  • Blodbad

    Is he retarded? It's not like he has to do anything.

  • Steve Delamater

    i got hate and no money for one of my creations... so fook this guy.. and i made everything, from my own imagination... it was an undertaking

  • salvee

    Marketing ploy

  • spokentruths772

    FINALLY!! Some good news about flappy bird I'm tired of this app and he needs to hurry and take it down from the App Store

  • Fraz@TA

    All he's trying to do is drive the hype for this stupid game even further. There's no way he's going to pull it from the App Store.

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  • Th3R3n3gad3

    RIP Flappy Bird. You will be missed...

    • Adan

      It is sadly still in the appstore. This is one horrible game that just won't die so easily πŸ™

  • Scot Damn

    This game can't die soon enough. Please die..please.

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