Inexplicably Popular Flappy Bird Game Will Soon Cease to Exist

Wildly popular game's developer "cannot take this anymore," he says

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UPDATED: Feb.8, 3:52 p.m.

If you’re a Flappy Bird player, we have some bad news for you. Are you sitting down? You might want to sit down for this. The wildly popular and notoriously difficult free mobile game has been removed from the app store. Though for now, people who’ve already downloaded it can still play.

Flappy Bird’s Vietnamese creator, Dong Nguyen, announced Saturday on Twitter that he’d be taking the game—currently the most popular for both Android and Apple—down for good:


Dong didn’t add much further explanation, but he did clarify that the decision is not related to legal issues. “I just cannot keep it anymore,” he said.

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Millions—yes, literally millions—of Flappy Bird fans will be disappointed when the game goes dark, but don't feel too bad if you've never heard of it. The game has flown relatively under the radar compared to its zeitgeist-dominating counterparts like Candy Crush and Angry Birds.

The game is simple, infuriatingly difficult, and apparently, rather addictive. The user must guide a bird through sets of green pipes by tapping the screen, earning one point for each set of pipes cleared.

You should also know that since its release last May, the app has been downloaded 50 million times. It has also accrued nearly 50,000 reviews in the App Store. Oh, and Flappy Bird also pulls in an average of $50,000 per day from in-app advertising revenue, the Verge reports.

If the game sounds like fun to you, well, you’re too late. Oh, Flappy Bird, we hardly knew ye.

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This post was updated to include the removal of Flappy Bird from app stores