Developer of Flappy Bird yanks app from App Store

On February 11, 2014


We must admit we were a little surprised when we first heard that Flappy Bird developer, Dong Nguyen, was considering removing the app from the App Store.  On Sunday  the move was then made final when the App was removed with the reasoning being that Nguyen couldn’t take the popularity anymore.

The App quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on App Stores around the world. According to The Verge during the height of popularity Flappy Bird was apparently making more than $50,000 per day from in-game advertising.

While we are still a little baffled over the removal of the app, the developer did state that it had nothing to do with legal issues. Nguyen quickly responded to the legal rumors stating that he has simply become distressed by the amount of attention he and his game were getting.

Nguyen has stated that he has no intention of selling the app to anyone else.


In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Nguyen has stated that the reason he pulled the App was because it became an addiction to many users. He said:

Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” says Dong Nguyen, in an exclusive interview, his first since he pulled the plug on the app. “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.”