Flappy Birds creator Dong Nguyen has received death threats from gamers angry that the title has been removed from Apple’s store.
Nguyen removed Flappy Bird from the store over the weekend, stating, “I cannot take this anymore.” It followed backlash aimed at the title over claims that Nguyen plagiarised elements of the game from Super Mario Bros.
Perhaps ironically, Flappy Bird itself has fallen foul of cloning, with several copycat titles appearing on iTunes since it emerged that Nguyen was netting some $50,000 a day in ad revenue. It seems that the cloning masses wanted a slice of the money pie as well.
Now, Develop has spotted several death threats aimed at Nguyen on Twitter, following the game’s withdrawal.
One colourful example read, “F**k you asshole, I’ll f**king kill you if I have to. Put back Flappy Bird on the market or I’m afraid I’ll have to meet you.”
Another went, “You best not be deleting Flappy Bird because I will murder you if u do”. Another: “You’re a f**king pussy!!! And this game sucks anyway. But you’re still a pussy. Kill yourself.”
As idle as these threats probably are, it’s not hard to see why Nguyen is removing the title. The episode recalls Phil Fish’s alleged departure from the games industry following backlash over Fez patches and comments made by the developer on Twitter.
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