It’s pretty rare that an app developer takes their app down because it’s getting too many downloads and making too much money. However that’s exactly what the now famous Flappy Bird founder, Dong Nguyen did. At the point that his app was making $50,000/day, Nguyen removed the app from the store and tweeted the following:
So that was back in February and the reason Dong gave at the time is that he didn’t like the complexity that having so much money coming in added to his life. Before Flappy Bird, Nguyen had designed a number of other “indy” games for the iPhone, none having anything close to the traction that Flappy Birds saw. Here’s a few of the other titles by .GEARS, Nguyen’s company:
Yesterday, the Flappy Bird founder went on CNBC’s Closing Bell and announced something people around the world have been waiting for – the return of Flappy Bird. However don’t expect it anytime soon, Nguyen is working on another game and seems actually a bit frustrated that people are so excited about Flappy Bird’s re-release, here’s what he said on Twitter yesterday:
While Dong is now focused on building a different game, he did say that the new Flappy Bird would include multiplayer and be a little less addicting. It’s amazing that in 2014 a game resemblant of a game from the 80’s could be considered too profitable and addicting but hey, it’s a brave new world we’re living in and yes, mobile really is changing everything.
So, if you’ve been waiting for the Flappy Bird comeback, prepare to wait a bit longer. The cool thing about Dong is that he is probably one of the few people in the world who would shut down a project because it was too successful, he’s in this to build great games that people love, once you add massive amounts of cash the world changes, and Nguyen likes his world just the way it is, at least for now.