The Vietnamese developer behind the viral Flappy Bird phenomenon has yanked the wildly popular game from the app store despite bringing in a reported $50,000 a day
Flappy Bird, which soared suddenly to the top of most-downloaded lists for both the iPhone and Android platforms over the last few weeks, is almost stupidly simplistic — tap the screen to guide the little bird through a maze of pipes and be careful not to crash.
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The game hooked millions and quickly became the newest viral app since Candy Crush. But it also generated a lot of controversy when people began noticing that the green pipes and flying Flappy Bird look strikingly similar to graphics from Nintendo's Super Mario
So when creator Dong Nguyen announced on Twitter over the weekend that he was pulling the game from the app store, everyone assumed it was because Nintendo had filed a copyright infringement claim.
But the gaming company denied that rumor.
"While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation [last week]," a Nintendo spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal in a statement.
Instead, Nguyen said he was voluntarily taking the game down because he "cannot take this anymore."
Nguyen did not elaborate on what he meant by "cannot take this anymore" but Twitter users speculated that the publicity surrounding Flappy Bird had become too much for him.
Though the game is no longer available to download from the app store, users who already downloaded it can still play on their devices. Because of this, there's been an uptick in eBay postings for iPhones with Flappy Bird. Some items are going for thousands of dollars.
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