Flappy Bird creator taking game down, but not because of legal issues

The creator of Flappy Bird said he will pull the game from app stores in the next 22 hours.

Dong Nguyen, the creator of the simple but brutally difficult Flappy Bird, said on Twitter that he will pull the game from the iTunes App Store and Google Play in the next 22 hours.

"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," Nguyen said in a series of tweets. "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask. And I still make games."

By legal issues, Nguyen is referring to accusations that Flappy Bird is a copy of other games with similar concepts and artwork. Flappy Bird looks a lot like Piou Piou, for example, as its developer pointed out on Twitter. And the pipes in the game bear more than a passing resemblance to similar plumbing constructions in the Super Mario Bros. series of games.

Flappy Bird has become a huge hit, and has attracted a great deal of media attention lately. With more than 50 million downloads to date, the free game reportedly brings in more than $50,000 in ad revenue a day. If you want to still try out the game before it's gone, time is quickly running out.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

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shangtsung7
shangtsung7

this is why i despise selfish copyright laws,  this guy just wanted to give people a simple cool little bit of entertainment on the go and instead of being thanked for it he's ridiculed, shunned, attacked with lawsuits, and probably scared out of his wits.  

america people!   land of the free!  or so they say...

blackciti
blackciti

I never heard of this game until about a day before he pulled the plug on it. I didn't even get a chance to download it on my android phone to see exactly how difficult it really is. But based on some of the videos I have seen of people smashing their phones with hammers and cursing the game in all kinds of language I can believe it is quite difficult.

playstationzone
playstationzone

should Ninendo sue over copy right game because I think they should but problem with Nintendo they too soft like always.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

It's a crap game, but if I were in his position I would just keep it up.  It's no more derivative (that's a euphemism for "stolen" btw) than Angry Birds.  I say more power to him.

LatinproX
LatinproX

`Good riddance too rubbish`...LOL

LatinproX
LatinproX

What a load of bullcrap. `Too addictive` for retards, maybe. Obvious hook to save  an epic failure. Dev is delusional if they think all gamers are so moronic.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

Let me try to get this straight, apparently I'm not as smart as "Dong".  But if I was making $50,000 A DAYYYYYYY from a mindless, lame, addictive phone game....I would not take it down until they pried my hands from the steering wheel of my red 2014 Lamborghini Aventador.

toyo75
toyo75

If a video game can elicit so much hatred from a person, that person has too much free time on his hands and needs to get a life.

shashankrsthore
shashankrsthore

The latest version is the version 1.3 if you want to download it you can download it from below.


Original APK : apklatest com/2014/02/flappy-bird-apk-1-3-download/
Modded APK : apklatest com/2014/02/flappy-bird-apk-1-3-download/


It has been tested and it's working.

troller83
troller83

seriously this entire world is getting Behindert (use google translate) ... first Minecraft...now Flappy Bird... what is next ?


Someone writes a program where you use the cursor to chase a block on screen while preventing some random stars to hit the block???


The less is more...this is starting to be like those famous artists...when they use their but to draw paintings and then some rich idiots come and stand in front  of them pictures until they see their mother inside the picture and then they buy it for 3 gazillion dollars....




weakan
weakan

just play Dark Souls...nuff said or 2 that comes out in march, i don't care in what context you can't play it...now you do *espurr psycho eyes O.O*.

heznave
heznave

Mo money, mo problems

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Crappy game gets so much of hype.Typical casual gaming idiots.

gamimgGT
gamimgGT

It's clearly is a rip-off and obviously he was harassed with hate mail and a threaten to use legal actions.  C'on get real people.!

dpadam450
dpadam450

F***** liers. Nintendo was issuing takedowns of youtube videos containing their games. Iwata and Miyamoto are s*** mario is 30 years old, 0 creativity in this company, and an over over priced wii-u console. Graphics not much better than the ps3.

howiex89
howiex89

so bored of all this rubbish surrounding a rubbish game

Deevoshun
Deevoshun

I never played it but this news made me want to go buy it.  I was too late its gone from google play store.  Now for some reason I want this game really bad.  PR at its finest.

Pseehaw
Pseehaw

People - why such hate? I always thought that gaming community have much more tolerance than the rest of the world but i am wrong (Feedbacula proves it). Guy wanna pull game down, so it's his choice. His choice, his freedom, his life. Or you think that hate over internet will raise your importance or Nitendo will hire you as their advocate? Well, i must tell you - it/they wont X-D  PLUR.

megakick
megakick

I bet this game is really hard to recreate without the SUPER MARIO BROS. graphics, NOT!!!

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Assuming he really didn't pull this for legal reasons and it was some nonsense about emotional stress from people on the internet... what a loser.  You're bringing in $50K day.  Who gives a damn what random internet dude thinks about you when you're making money like that?

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

Brilliant PR move.  It made my local morning news broadcast.

Crazyguy105
Crazyguy105

The first time I've seen and heard of a dev that stuck gold and simply can't take the heat.

undeadgoon
undeadgoon

maybe hes taking it down cos it sucks


bsnimunf
bsnimunf

It is certainly not original.  However, even though its very simaler to other games and it has the Mario references i cant see anyone being able to come up with a successful legal case against it. There are a probably a dozen games that use a bird and have the same flap mechanics, as for the Mario stuff they cant stop you using green pipes in your game.

bsnimunf
bsnimunf

Could this just be a publicity stunt?

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

I never heard of this until yesterday, and I still don't know what it is.


It's obviously less important than gaming sites are pretending it is.

MikefStktn
MikefStktn

I also want to speak on behalf of ID software and sue every developer over the last 22 years for using the fps genre by basically just swapping out textures and maps!!! AHHH! 

itmustbepaul
itmustbepaul

He ripped the Mario pipe, ripped the Mario Cheep Cheep, and ripped the Mario coin sound (all you have to do is speed up the point sound in Flappy Bird). The only reason why this guy isn't hearing from Nintendo's gestapo is because he made the app free (but ad-supported). Or maybe he has already heard from them behind the scenes and was forced to hand over that $50,000/day ad revenue and take the app down. as penance. 
Bottom line is that nobody is that allergic to fame that they would give up $50,000 per day in Vietnam. His story doesn't add up.

Klikandclick
Klikandclick

so what's so special about this game that everyone has to keep talking about it?

zimbambo
zimbambo

LMFAO of course it is due to LEGAL REASONS!!!!!!

He cannot take what anymore?the fact that Flappy bird has over taken Angrybirds all over the world?


Barighm
Barighm

@MAGIC-KINECT But you're probably a westerner. People in the dev's part of the world don't think the same way, and the major religions in that area generally preach a passive and simple way of living. It could be a religious thing.

4everdeadpanda
4everdeadpanda

That depends on an individuals definition of life.

merrickx
merrickx

@toyo75  Business ethics are something people get riled over.

10knuckles01
10knuckles01

@weakan  you just inspired me to play Dark Souls again,, bravo good sir :)

weakan
weakan

@howiex89  that says it all, enough is enough! (with flapy bird or anyone saying the bloody name);).

speckledknob
speckledknob

@Pseehaw  Gamers tolerant?  are you out of your mind? all I see in these comment sections are arguments about nothing and moaning about everything.. and then moaning about all the moaning... just look at you and me we're at it right now.. insecurity and lack of vagina and possibly higher than normal male levels of estrogen are what I put it down to (guilty as charged)

AdderD
AdderD

@Pseehaw  

It's Copter with some Mario sprites slapped on - why wouldn't you hate? :P

soleil22
soleil22

@Senor_Kami  easy to criticize when you're not in someone elses shoes.  you don't know anything about this guy, his motives, or anything.  i could assume a lot of things about you simply based on your one-sided, short sighted comment, but the truth is i don't know anything about you.  keep things in perspective and the internet will be a better place. 

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

@itmustbepaul ''I cannot take this anymore.'' But I gladly took the $50,000 a day revenue for as long as I could before lawsuits caught up to me for blatantly ripping off other people!''

merrickx
merrickx

@Klikandclick  It's like Sudoku or crosswords for people with touch-screen devices and are bored of Sudoku and crosswords.

deadkingdg
deadkingdg

@zimbambo The total bashing, obviously. The internet can be especially cruel.