If you can’t get enough of Flappy Bird news, the app’s creator has come clean on the reasons behind the app’s sudden removal. Speaking out for the first time since he pulled his sleeper hit of a game from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play store, Vietnam-born Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen said in an exclusive interview with Forbes that he made the decision to kill the game because it has become “an addictive product”.

I wish I could kill half as much addictive product of my own! Some have suspected that Flappy Bird got yanked out of the App Store over intellectual property complaints from Nintendo, but the Japanese games took the unusual step of going on the record yesterday to confirm that Mario had no hand in killing Nguyen’s game

Nguyen told Forbes:

Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed. 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.

He went on to say that the game’s wild popularity earned him “a lot” – according to The Verge, more than $50,000 per day in ad revenue.

The sudden Flappy Bird madness – “my life has not been as comfortable as I was before” – prompted him to kill the game.

“I couldn’t sleep,” he said.

Following the app’s removal, folks took to Twitter to send him suicide notes and dead threats“I don’t think it’s a mistake,” he said. “I have thought it through.”

Nguyen will continue to develop games. “After the success of Flappy Bird, I feel more confident, and I have freedom to do what I want to do,” he said.

His other App Store games like Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block seem to be doing pretty well following Flappy Bird‘s removal.

If you can’t get over Flappy Bird‘s removal, I suggest checking out a few nice alternatives highlighted at the bottom of this article.

  • felixtaf

    There are more addictive and best games out there.. Are the developers killed them???
    There is something else going on/gone behind the scenes. We may never know!

    • Jason Baroni

      It must be the Nintendo thing going on background… we may never know

      • VITICO

        has to be..

      • John Sklikas

        39 classes just about adverts maybe (yep he had code for Javascript, Google and iAds and I know because I class dumped it). I think Apple only allows iAds and he created a fake webView on top so that he gets a ton of ads. Here’s your answer. He made his money, took the revenue from iAd, before Apple held all the iAd money and the app for improper code use. Once he receives his money, he will have it back, just with iAd, I see this coming.

      • pegger1

        Nintendo could have very well been involved and told him to kill the game and not speak of it and they wouldn’t sue him.
        Then at the same time Nintendo denies being involved, so they don’t look like they’re going after a little guy.

        You really think Nintendo would be OK with him using their graphics, sounds and whatever else code he used?

      • John Sklikas

        Hm we’ll never know I guess…

      • Jason Baroni

        Everybody lies, including Nintendo. If I were them, on colapse, I would lie too! it would be fun

  • Jason Baroni

    Candy Crush Saga should have been murdered after all.

  • Framboogle

    I guess sometimes sanity is more important than money.

  • personary

    So any game of his that becomes addictive he’ll yank? Sounds like one developer I actually don’t want to support. That’s saying a lot since I’m a developer and understand the importance of gaining support from your users. It’s not a good feeling to like a game so much that you tell everyone about it only to see it isn’t there anymore. No new updates, no bug fixes, nothing. Start liking another game of his and want your friends to play it? Watch out. He’ll remove it… I don’t understand how he can say he has more confidence moving forward, yet he never wanted his game to be addicting. Seems like there’s a lot more to this as others have stated. If he’s truly afraid of contributing to what he believes to be an addiction then he’d stop developing games completely.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Its a fad, it will die out eventually like farmville angry birds, temple run, candy crush.

  • Tony

    Unreal, better take down his other apps too while he’s at it. Those could be addictive too! Crazy train!

  • Dan

    poor guy. 50k a day. I couldn’t sleep either

    • pegger1

      It’s very difficult to sleep…. on a pile of money. I wouldn’t know though.

    • Sandy Cook

      Me either. But my lack of sleep would be due to the cocaine and hookers

  • Youngthegiant

    Psshhh I was never addictided!
    ( twitching & scratching chest )

  • Daniel S. Fleming

    Why doesnt anybody know about the FREE game SMASH BANDITS it has great graphics and never gets old

  • Perhaps he doesn’t want his product taking people’s attention away from their creator (God)…very faithful.

  • Frozen Bee .GFKS

    I still dont get why you keep writing about this stupid game like you dont have nothing better to write about….not sure if stupid or just cucumber season came earlier…

  • You do realize if you made a how to for getting this game using alternative methods would generate even more publicity for this overrated game! Also, you could save some lives possibly too!
    Not sure if those individuals really deserve saving thorough…

  • Stephen Nguyen

    Im vietnamese and i dont understand why did he do it!? So what’s about the other if it were addictive product, he would kill it again!?

  • Rowan09

    I was about to delete the game after 5 minutes of play, until I saw my friends score was higher than mine.

    • Nate McKelvie

      And that’s what the craze was really all about. I had never even tried the game Til my 13 year old nephew posted a score on fb so I immediately downloaded it and played for like 45 min Til I beat the score he posted then deleted the stupid game, found later my nephew had much higher scores than that lol, but this game is just not my cup of tea, but like you stated I only even played because I wanted to have a better score than someone else

      • Rowan09

        I agree and that’s why the game is addictive until you beat the persons score.

  • hkgsulphate

    wtf its addictive? they ever played games by Kariosoft ?

  • kimidasuki

    This guy, Dong Nguyen lives in Vietnam, which is a communist nation. If you live in a communist land such as China, Vietnam, and you suddenly have a large income, government will knock at your door. I’m a Vietnamese and have read in state media that IRS (of Vietnam) has already targeted him. That’s why he said he wanted “peace”. This guy is just scared of the lawsuits. He was about to get ripped a new one, and he saw it coming, so he backed out as fast as he could. $50k a day xD. Obviously more to his story.

  • Thunder Cats

    Vietnamese people loved to lie and this creator is full of sh!t. It’s all about $$$$$ and because the app got so much buzz that it caught Nintendo’s attention. With any corporations, they will go after you only when you’re a threat or generate enough buzz. Otherwise they will leave you alone. The $$$$ of this app is enough for Nintendo to come down with lawsuit. Any blind man can see this sh!T is 90% rip off from Mario Bro.