“The mysterious developer of the world’s most popular free app, who drew global attention this past weekend with his sudden decision to remove it, tells Forbes that Flappy Bird is dead,” Lan Anh Nguyen reports for Forbes. “Permanently.”
“‘Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,’ says Dong Nguyen, in an exclusive interview, his first since he pulled the plug on the app. ‘But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever,'” Nguyen reports. “”
“In killing Flappy Bird for what he maintains are altruistic reasons, Nguyen is walking away from a jackpot. An article in the Verge last week estimated his daily take from in-app advertising at $50,000,” Nguyen reports. “Nguyen declined to confirm that number. ‘I don’t know the exact figure, but I do know it’s a lot.'”
“In mulling whether to pull Flappy Bird, Nguyen said that it was guilt – atop the fact that ‘my life has not been as comfortable as I was before’ – that motivated him,” Nguyen reports. “‘I couldn’t sleep,’ he said. He added that his conscience is relieved; he spent the past few days, Internet-free, catching up on slumber. ‘I don’t think it’s a mistake,’ he says. ‘I have thought it through.'”
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‘Flappy Bird’ creator pulls game from App Store – February 9, 2014