RIP, Flappy Bird: Developer Pulls Hit Game From App Store

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Following his comments that he would be pulling his wildly popular, $50,000-a-day game Flappy Bird from the App Store, developer Dong Nguyen has actually gone through with it, removing the game from both the App Store and Google Play Store.

Why has Dong Nguyen killed off his literal golden goose? It’s hard to say, although Nguyen’s statements on the matter have generally seemed to indicate that despite the money he’s been making on the app, he’s been embarassed by the minigame’s sudden success. I’m guessing this might have something to do with it as well.

So what’s next for Flappy Bird? Who knows, although I personally hope that this is actually the move of a marketing genius working up excitement before the inevitable release of a sequel. Either way, for now, Nguyen’s calling it a day. RIP, Flappy Bird.

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