In a rather interesting turn of events, Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has announced that the chart-topping game will be removed from the App Store in less than 22 hours. In a series of tweets made just minutes ago, Nguyen stated that this move is not due to legal issues, but rather because he “just cannot keep it anymore.” Take a look for yourself…

Nguyen also made clear on Twitter that he wasn’t interested in selling the game to a third party, and that despite this decision, he will keep making games. It’s unclear at this time if the developer will also pull his other games from the App Store, including Super Ball Juggling which currently ranks #5.

Flappy Bird was released last May to little fanfare, but became an overnight success about a month ago and has been topping the App Store free charts since. In a recent interview, Nguyen claimed that the ad-supported game has been making upwards of $50,000 per day in revenues. The concept behind the game is both simple yet challenging: navigate a tiny bird through pipes by tapping your screen at the proper times.

What makes this move interesting is that Flappy Bird had just received an update yesterday with new birds, bug fixes and some user interface improvements. But the sudden decision for Nguyen to pull the arcade game from the App Store may be related to a tweet he made just four days ago, in which he vented his frustration about the media overhyping the title much to his chagrin.

If you have yet to get in on the Flappy Bird craze, the game is still available as a free download on the App Store. If you already have the game on your iPhone or if you decide to download it now, you’ll still be able to play it after it’s been pulled from the App Store.

Does this news surprise you? And by the way, what is your Flappy Bird high score?

  • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

    He did something sneaky n doesn’t want to get caught.

  • Romeo Thái Tử

    So weak

  • Pogixvirus

    I know it from vine (*⌒ヮ⌒*)

  • Kamal Ahmad

    If android and windows phone users (windows phone users have a fake version of flappy bird but it’s the same thing) were to upload their apps on thier laptop, they could reinstall at any time. But we can’t on iOS I think the signature of the app is gone when the app is removed and hence our device wont let us install it.

    • Saria Hajjar

      Download it using iTunes and then you can reinstall it using iFunBox (and without jailbreaking)

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Wow slow news..

  • Arsh Khan

    This will turn out a big mistake in his life if i was him i would have never done so!

  • Kamal Chhabria

    i just became addicted to it with a highscore of 57 😛

  • Andres

    One Hit Wonder

  • Micaiah Martin

    He just updated it…

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    This is pathetic try to raise downloads even more, and all tech sites are dumb enough to make articles about it, so they are just helping him….

  • Thank God Ferrari didn’t share this idiots viewpoint.

  • Merman123

    It’s actually gone.

  • Cambpell

    I think that removing the app from the App Store is going to make his life worse. The media is going to ball all over him. This site is all over him already! I think it was a small mistake to remove the app. I am saying small because sure, it will get him away from the media, but not at first. I may be wrong, but that is what I think.