It’s all kicking off in the world of mobile gaming today, with the news that runaway success Flappy Bird is on the verge of being pulled from the App Store and Google Play Store after its developer took to Twitter to announce the news.
Currently sat at the summit of the iOS App Store’s free app chart, Flappy Bird has proven as addictive as it is infuriating for enough people to make it something of a cult classic amongst mobile gamers, but it seems that its one-man development team never expected his tap-based flying game to be quite so popular. In fact, even though the title is estimated to be raking in around $50,000 each day in advertising revenue, developer Dong Nguyen says he’ll be removing the app from the App Store and Google Play Store in order to try and restore some privacy to his life.
Nguyen has claimed that the press is currently ‘overrating the success’ of both Flappy Bird and other titles that he has released and has asked for those pestering him to leave him alone. Removing Flappy Bird from the app stores is apparently the only way that’s going to happen, with the developer seemingly happy to lose out on the advertising revenue it generates. That fact alone has us wondering just how accurate that $50,000 per day figure actually is. We know we wouldn’t turn our nose up at even a percentage of that.
The news that Flappy Bird will be leaving the mobile gaming world has led many to suggest that legal issues are at the heart of the matter. The game features green tubes that closely resemble those found in Nintendo’s Mario games as well as other familiar audio and visual cues. Nguyen says that there are no legal issues to be spoken of, though. Interestingly, the man behind the biggest success of the year so far has said that he also isn’t willing to sell the title to another developer, which only adds to the intrigue.
Currently Flappy Bird is still available for download, and has just received an update that removes all social features from the game. If you want to see what all the fuss is about then now’s the time to hit the download button – before you don’t have the option anymore.
(Source: Dong Nguyen [Twitter])
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