Flappy Bird was all the rage after its debut in May 2013. By February 2014, seemingly everyone had bird fever, with the game having been downloaded over 50,000 times in almost a year. Now creator Dong Nguyen announced he will no longer be updating the app for Apple's latest software update.
The new iOS 11 will no longer allow 32-bit apps from running.
Nguyen could've updated the program to 64-bit, but alas, he chose to say "bye bye birdie."
When news of Nguyen making roughly $50,000 a day leaked to the public, he found himself in the middle of a media frenzy.
He's received disturbing messages from users, which he shared with Rolling Stone. "13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it's addicting like crack," complained one. Nguyen even received emails, one from a mother who stopped talking to her kids and from workers who've lost their jobs over the game.
The pressure was too much for him. He's tweeted his frustration, saying, "I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine, But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it."
I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
Smartphone users managed to keep the game running via backdoor methods for the next three years.
Now, fans of the game are finding themselves torn between updating to the latest iOS system or keeping Flappy afloat on their devices.
“My responsibility of supporting this app was finished since 2014,” Nguyen commented on Facebook. “This is just my announcement for the current event.”
Sure, maybe he just doesn't care about the money. Fine, that's one thing. But why pull the game down when you could be giving it to charity?— F.C. Bassey (@FaZeCBass) February 8, 2014
If the attention really bothers you THAT much, give the game to someone else, give the money to charity and dip. But you just... quit? What?— F.C. Bassey (@FaZeCBass) February 8, 2014
What the hell was the point of putting ads in this game if this is the way you felt about the money they were going to generate?— F.C. Bassey (@FaZeCBass) February 8, 2014