Flappy Bird Discontinued

Dong's Flappy Bird

A level of the game Flappy Bird.

Over the years, different smartphone games have skyrocketed in popularity.  Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Clash of Clans, Words With Friends, the list goes on.  One of these popular games was “Flappy Bird”, a game created by Dong Nguyen.  The free game for iOS and Android was wildly popular, earning $50,000 in ad revenue every day.  Since its release in late May of 2013, Flappy Bird had been downloaded over 50 million times.  However, just recently, this game was removed from app stores, after Nguyen warned that the game’s end was near.

It is yet unclear as to why Nguyen chose to discontinue the game.  The pixelated art style of the game, as well as the game, was strongly influenced by Super Mario Bros., casing many people to beat on Nguyen for copying the classic game.  Many people began to think that the game’s discontinuation was due to legal issues.  Nguyen, however, insists that this is not the case.  On Saturday, Nguyen tweeted that the game would be discontinued in Sunday, claiming that he was overwhelmed by the game’s success.  This discontinuation of the game came as a huge shock for fans of the game, and people are already selling smartphones on ebay with Flappy Bird pre-installed on it.

Late last month, Flappy Bird secured the No. 1 spot on the App Store and Google Play Store.  Unfortunately, all of this attention seemed to put too much attention on the young Nguyen.  While Nguyen said he was done with the Flappy Bird phase of his life, he claimed that he would continue to create games.  He is reportedly working on a take of the jetpack endless runner, popularized by such classic games as Jetpack Joyride.