HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play, saying it ruined his life.
The game, which was uploaded in 2013 and surged to the top in downloads earlier this year, was removed early Monday.
The success of the game that based its appeal on being simple and also maddeningly difficult made its creator Nguyen Ha Dong, 29, a minor celebrity.
The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on App Store alone. In an interview with the Verge website, Dong said Flappy Bird was making $50,000 a day in advertising revenue
Dong, from Hanoi, wrote on Twitter on Saturday that the Internet sensation caused by the game “ruins my simple life” and he now hated it.
“I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore,” he wrote.
On Twitter he didn't address an allegation that the sudden popularity of Flappy Bird might have been due to the use of fake accounts run by computers to create downloads and reviews but denied suggestions he was withdrawing the game because it breached another game maker's copyright.
“It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore,” he wrote.