At the height Flappy Bird’s popularity earlier this year, the parents of the game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, were worried about their son’s well-being, he said, as the scrutiny, criticism and pressure mounted on the young developer, according to a report today from Rolling Stone.
Now, since removing the game from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store in February, Nguyen said he feels “relief” in removing those pressures that so quickly mounted atop something he just created for fun.
“I can't go back to my life before, but I'm good now," Nguyen said.
Flappy Bird’s meteoric rise to the No. 1 application slot in both mobile marketplaces earned Nguyen $50,000 per day in advertisement revenue.
But with the good, Nguyen said, came a whole heap of bad.
Aside from the pestering local paparazzi stalking him at his parents home, where the 28-year-old lived, people had told him how the mind-numbingly difficult yet addictive game had wreaked havoc on their lives.
“At first I thought they were just joking," Nguyen said, "but I realize they really hurt themselves.”
Though he’s not working on a new version of Flappy Bird, Nguyen said he has considered re-releasing the game, but only if it came with a “warning” to “please take a break.”