Updated 09:59 AM EST, Fri, Jan 15, 2021

Flappy Bird News: Creator Says Game Is 'Gone Forever,' Was Too 'Addictive'

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Was Flappy Bird simply too addictive for us to handle? According to the mobile game's creator, that's exactly why he pulled the incredibly popular app from Apple and Android stores, and has no plans to release the game ever again. 

Creator of the game Dong Nguyen revealed that the game was meant to calm people down, not drive them into a frenzy.

"Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed," Dong Nguyen told Forbes. "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."

Flappy Bird was first released on May 24, 2013, but only recently became a phenomenon. Players were tasked to tap the screen to make a bird fly through the air and avoid obstacles. The game earned a reputation for being incredibly difficult, and some even questioned if it should technically be considered a video game at all. Now that the game is no longer available, enterprising fans are selling phones with the game installed on it for thousands, which may back up Nguyen's claim that the game is indeed too addictive.

Nguyen also clarified several rumors concerning Flappy Bird and the choice to no longer offer it to fans. Some rumors claimed that Nintendo had threatened the developer with legal action due to the similarity between the pipes found in Flappy Bird and the Super Mario series, but Nguyen stated that the similarities were an accident and Nintendo never contacted him. When asked about the amount of ad revenue the game generates per day (rumored to be around $50,000) the 29-year-old game developer said "I don't know the exact figure, but I do know it's a lot."

When asked if he planned on taking any of his other games available on Android and iOS devices out of circulation, Nguyen stated that he doesn't plan on it, but if he found that users were becoming addicted to the games then he would not hesitate to take them away as well. Nguyen appears uncomfortable with the success of Flappy Bird and claimed guilt was the biggest factor in removing it. "My life has not been as comfortable as I was before," Nguyen said. "I couldn't sleep."

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