Has "Flappy Bird's" meteoric rise to fame been so fast and so overwhelming that the creator is being forced to pull it from the App Store and Google Play? That's what the developer tweeted he would do, on Saturday, mere hours ago.
The app is currently making Dong Nguyen $50,000 per day in advertising revenue. Why, therefore, would he pull it? He hasn't even planned updates to the app, he said previously, so he could simply milk the app for all it was worth, if he so desired.
On Twitter, he said:
I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.
As the question "Why?" circulates, an obvious possibility is legal problems. The art in "Flappy Bird" is more than "inspired" by art in "Super Mario Bros;" some have called it a rip-off.
However, Nguyen tweeted again, very quickly, top dispel that rumor:
It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore.
He also said he would not be willing to sell the rights to "Flappy Bird."
I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird', please don't ask.
Interestingly enough, Nguyen's decision comes shortly after he said a Windows Phone version was coming soon. A cloned Windows Phone version has already appeared in the Windows Phone Store.