Vietnam-based game developer Nguyen Ha Dong’s popular game Flappy Bird has been taken down at midnight on February 9, 2014. The developer announced 22 hours earlier that he would remove the game from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Even though the popular game is no longer available to download for Apple of Google users, gamers who already have Flappy Bird on their smartphones will be able to continue playing it. The shutdown of the game was announced by Nguyen Ha Dong – the developer behind Flappy Bird – on Twitter on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Dong said, “Twenty-two hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down”. The developer also clarified that the game’s cancellation is in no way related to any legal issues. The developer’s tweet attracted more than 136,000 retweets, as of 0430 GMT on February 10, 2014. Since Dong’s announcement, a lot of people have been questioning his decision, as just a day earlier he had been talking about developing the game for Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
The developer could not be reached for comment and turned his phone off after cancelling an interview with Reuters on February 6, 2014. Dong made Flappy Bird by himself in just a few nights and said that the game has been inspired by Nintendo’s Mario Bros.
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