Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen followed through with his promise to remove the game from app stores, and as his 22 hour deadline passed, the game was indeed taken down from Apple’s iOS store and the Android Play market place.
Nguyen claimed that Flappy Bird had “ruined his simple life” by attracting too much attention from a critical games press or unpleasant players. The app was said to be bringing in $50,000 a day in revenue, making Nguyen’s promise to remove it hard to believe, but he has.
He also said he wasn’t going to sell it, and that “he still makes games.” Indeed Nguyen still has several other top app store games including Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block which are currently #4 and #18 on the iOS store respectively.
Still, the move to take down the game only increased interest in both Nguyen and Flappy Bird and the game likely saw a huge spike of downloads after his announcement yesterday.
Nguyen will still be reaping revenue from already downloaded copies, after all.