If you didn’t already download Flappy Bird, you’ve missed your chance. Dong Nguyen, the designer of the massively popular mobile game, has pulled his hit title from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play.
Flappy Bird, a game where you tap the screen to maneuver a flying bird between pipes of varying heights, hit the top of the free download charts in late January, several months after its release in May 2013. Nguyen was supposedly making over $50000 a day in ad revenue from the game. This success brought increased scrutiny from the press, who noted its difficulty, its unlikely success and its visual similarities to Super Mario Bros. Nguyen was also accused of using bots to artificially boost the game’s chart ranking. According to statements made on Nguyen’s Twitter account, the stress from this often negative attention drove him to pull the game from all online marketplaces on February 9.
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
If you haven’t played Flappy Bird and want to see what the fuss was about, you can always hit up eBay, where a 16GB iPhone 5 with Flappy Bird installed is currently sitting at $12600.