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Flappy Bird creator receives death threats, following game’s withdrawal

Monday, 10th February 2014 10:50 GMT By Dave Cook

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.

What do you make of the Flappy Bird episode?

Via MCV.

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5 Comments

  1. dsr

    With $50,000 a day I would be laughing all the way to the bank reading those internet tough guy threats.

    Probably yet another publicity stunt from developer. The whole game marketing was based on indirect methods and virus-like tactics.

    And if he is indeed “hurt and broken” as he wants media to believe, those hundreds thousands of dollars will sure help him cope with whatever come next, there are people who deserve our pity more than he does.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Dragon

    Death threats on twitter…
    Please.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. macklwinstead

    until I saw the check for $8923 , I didnt believe …that…my brother woz like they say actualey earning money in their spare time on-line. . there friends cousin started doing this for under sixteen months and just now repaid the morgage on there place and purchased Toyota . Get More Info http://www.work71.ℭOM

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Silent Killer01

    BS get ready for Flappy Bird 2 announcement. Don’t know why people are still reporting this Flappy Bird drama.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Gheritt White

    Death threats on Twitter may seem like laughing stock, right up until you’re inundated with them yourself. They subsequently take on a very different hue.

    Also, this just in: the “community” are cunts.

    #5 11 months ago

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