Flappy Bird Was Taken Down Because it Was an “Addictive Product” Creator Says

on February 11, 2014 5:58 AM

Creator of Flappy Bird Dong Nguyen took the immensely popular game off the app store because it had become an “addictive product,” he said today in an exclusive interview with Forbes. As such, he doesn’t intend to put the game back up.

Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed.

But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.

Nguyen stated that his primary motivator for removing the game was anxiety and a sense of guilt about the people he felt he was harming with his game.

My life has not been as comfortable as I was before. I couldn’t sleep

Nguyen dismissed rumours that his game had been taken down due to legal action from Nintendo.

While this is the end of his involvement of Flappy Bird, Nguyen is not finished with game development in its entirety. His other mobile games such as Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block remain in the store, a testament to what  Nguyen calls their “harmless” nature.

To his fans,  Nguyen was positive and thankful.

Thank you very much for playing my game