After several days without any word from the developer of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen; Forbes managed to get an exclusive interview with him earlier today. In the interview, he revealed that the reason for taking down the game was because it was too addictive and he wasn’t comfortable with the turn of events due to his overnight popularity.
Dong had tweeted on February 9th that he would be taking down the game the next day. And as promised, he actually took down the game from both the Google Play store as well as the Apple iTunes store. However, he failed to give any reasons for the removal. In fact, he didn’t even entertain offers from several parties to buy the game and simply said that he was not interested in selling the game.
Finally, in the interview, he revealed the reason for the removal of the game. According to Dong, Flappy Bird was a simple game made to play when one was relaxed. However, the game gradually became addictive which was not something that he expected.
“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” said Dong Nguyen, in the interview. “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.”
This means that the hit game Flappy Bird is gone forever. The developer has no plans for a sequel and those who were expecting it to hit the app stores back again are going to be disappointed. However, Dong adds that the end of Flappy Bird doesn’t mean the end of his developing career. He plans to release other games on the platform in the future.
“After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do” added Dong.
But fans of Flappy Bird have something to cheer about. After the removal of the game, many clones, with game play and graphics identical to the original version has hit the app stores and some of them have already seen thousands of downloads. For example a game called ClumsyBird has seen over a million installs due to the popularity of the original game.
Currently, he has several other hit games on the play store like the Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block and hence, even though he has decided to kill Flappy Bird, there are chances that he may release something better in the coming months.
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