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'Flappy Bird' game taken down from app stores, creator explains why

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Popular addictive mobile gameFlappy Bird” is no longer available for download. The app’s creator had the game taken down from Apple iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android) on Sunday (Feb. 9). “Flappy Bird” is the cause of frustration among many users and apparently no picnic for the game creator either.

As Kotaku reports, Vietnamese game creator, Dong Nguyen took to social media to announce his intentions to remove the “Flappy Bird” app from Google Play and iTunes. “I cannot take this anymore,” Nguyen tweeted Saturday. The free to download indie colossal hit game was raking in a reported $50,000 daily in ad revenue. Nguyen longs for more peaceful days and claims the success of the game is overrated by the media. “I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen insists that the decision behind pulling the app has nothing to do with legal issues. He’s likely referring to recent criticism of “Flappy Bird’s” obvious resemblance to an existing app called “Piou Piou”. According to Pocket Gamer, the creator of “Piou Piou” isn't pursuing legal action although he admits that "Flappy Bird" is noticeably similar. "The games are very similar. And even if I did not invent the gameplay concept, the graphics are very close, and, of course, the concept," French developer, Kek told Pocket Gamer.

The object of the game is to keep a clumsy little bird in flight by repeatedly tapping your screen. Navigate safely between the obstacle of green pipes and your score goes up. It’s “Game Over” for you if the bird crashes into a pipe. "Flappy Bird" made its debut in the gaming app market in May 2013 and broke into mainstream popularity recently with over 10 million downloads to date, in Android alone.


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