Dong Nguyen, creator of mobile sensation Flappy Bird, has pulled the game from online stores saying the game’s popularity had “ruined my simple life”.
It is said that Vietnamese Mr Nguyen is making $50,000 a day from the in-game advertising and he has denied the game had been pulled due to any legal challenge. Some on the internet may find this hard to believe, but Nintendo don’t hold a copyright for big green pipes.
Since the removal of the game a number of clones have zoomed up the iTunes charts. “Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer” is at the time of writing the second most popular free download, “Flappy Plane” is the fifth and “Flappy Bee” takes eleventh place. Unlike the original game, all of the clones offer in-app purchases.
Jim took a look at Flappy Bird in our regular Mobile Watch feature, I myself downloaded the game, played it four times then deleted it.
UPDATE: “While we usually do not comment on the rumors and speculations, we have already denied the speculation [regarding Flappy Bird]” said Nintendo.