‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Finally Speaks, Says He Pulled the Game Because it Had Become “An Addictive Product”

flappyThere are many out there who just can’t stand hearing about Flappy Bird anymore, and there are many who just can’t seem to get enough of this strange phenomenon. Personally, I find the whole thing fascinating, though I’m getting a bit tired of it myself. However, the latest turn of events in the Flappy Bird saga is that Dong Nguyen, the fabled creator of the game, has finally broken his silence since pulling the game from digital stores over the weekend. In an interview with Forbes, Dong Nguyen states that he originally created Flappy Bird as a game “to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," but that it “happened to become an addictive product." Because of that, Nguyen thought it was best to pull the game from sale, and he tells Forbes “It’s gone forever."

The interview touches on several other aspects of Nguyen’s recent rise to fame, like his inability to sleep, his sudden meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister Vu Duc Dam, and the financial success of Flappy Bird. He wouldn’t confirm the $50,000 a day that The Verge reported, but he did say that “it’s a lot." Dong’s other games Super Ball Juggling (Free) and Shuriken Block (Free) have also seen great success, though not at the level of Flappy Bird. He says he has no plans to take those other games down, unless he thinks they become too addictive like Flappy Bird. He also plans to continue making games, stating “After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do." As to whether Nguyen thinks pulling down Flappy Bird was the right thing to do, he says “I don’t think it’s a mistake. I have thought it through."