Flappy Bird creator pulled game because it became an “addictive product”

Tuesday, 11th February 2014 11:21 GMT By Dave Cook

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has responded to the press for the first time since he pulled his runaway app from Apple’s marketplace. He has explained that he nuked the game after he saw how addictive it was becoming.

We covered the Flappy Bird removal yesterday, which in turn triggered a wave of death threats aimed at Nguyen and saw iPhones with the game pre-installed selling on eBay for an insane amount of money.

Now, in an interview with Forbes, Nguyen explained his decision to pull Flappy Bird. “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” he began. “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.”

“My life has not been as comfortable as I was before,” he added. “I couldn’t sleep. I don’t think it’s a mistake. I have thought it through.”

What’s your take on this whole Flappy Bird issue? Let us know below.

Via Eurogamer.



  1. TheWulf

    I have so, so much respect for this guy, now.

    Upon seeing that it was taking advantage of the addictive qualities of the weak-willed masses, he had two choices in front of him. He could have taken advantage of this to create an empire based upon exploitation, like so many have, or he could choose to pull out of the running. He could have released a version loaded with IAP upon realising the popularity of it (as has befallen a few of the better iOS games out there, like Whale Trail), but he didn’t.

    I think this speaks volumes of his sincerity. Yeah, someone might get addicted, but he wants nothing to do with that. That’s on their head, and he’s not going to encourage it. I wish humanity was more like that in general. Not everyone is self aware enough, or intelligent enough to realise their addictions, and even if they are, not everyone is strong of will enough to fight that.

    I guess you could say that it’s human nature to want to exploit that, couldn’t you?

    He didn’t.

    I could point out so many naturist philosophers he’s proven wrong with that simple action, and this kind of thing does give me more faith in humanity, just in general. This and the Snowden leaks… well, I might actually have a shred of pride for being a part of this species, whereas so often I’m filled with shame and guilt for that very reason.

    I guess there are a few good humans left.

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