Too Much Of A Good Thing? ‘Flappy Bird’ Developer Pulls Game After Surge Of Success



Anyone who’s ever eaten an entire cake in one sitting knows that yes, it is possible for there to be too much of a good thing. And that goes for inedible things as well: The sudden success of mobile game Flappy Bird appears to have been too overwhelming for its developer, who pulled the mega popular game from app stores yesterday say he just “cannot take this anymore.”

What’s that, you haven’t even heard of Flappy Bird? Though it was first released last May, CNN notes that the game suddenly picked up steam in December and had reached bona fide viral success by January.

In it, players steer a little bird through a maze of metal pipes ( which themselves are reminiscent of Super Mario Bros). And it’s now been downloaded over 50 million times. Sometimes simplicity is the key to success, eh?

But while those who have already downloaded it can keep playing, no new users will be able to get in on the action.

“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down,” the developer tweeted on Saturday. “I cannot take this anymore.”

He’s not saying much else about the reasons for his decision to pull the game, which he created in a few days last year and didn’t promote at all after its release.

“It is not anything related to legal issues,” he said. “I just cannot keep it anymore.”

There’s still hope for those who want to play — if you’ve got deep pockets, that is: reports that phones with Flappy Bird already downloaded on it have already popped up on eBay for as much as $1,499. Ah, priorities.

Developer yanks ‘Flappy Bird’ after game soars to success [CNN]

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    You can just download the apk for flappy bird by just searching on google. Who would pay $1500 for a boring game??

    It sounds like the creator is a little crazy/unstable as normally someone would not pull their game that makes them $50,000 per day in ad revenue. If he wanted to slow its use he could have also just set a $20 price tag on it.
    Im going to say that the creator is a moron.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      Yeah, there’s something wrong here. He could also have sold it or paid someone else a very generous 50% of the profits to take over managing the ads or whatever else he was doing.

    • ResNullum says:

      Oh, so you know more about his situation than was let on the media? You know for certain what’s going on in his life, what the Vietnamese government might do with someone who suddenly comes into an enormous amount of money, what he expected from this app, and how money and notoriety suddenly brings people out of the woodwork who all think they deserve some of it? I’m not going to say you’re a moron, but you’re certainly presumptuous.

      EDIT: Pulling the app does not stop the ad revenue from people who’ve already downloaded it.

      • SingleMaltGeek says:

        But he already has a considerable amount of money. What would be the point in cutting it off now? If it’s for “peace of mind”, paying someone else to manage marketing the app should accomplish that.