The creator of chart-topping smart phone game Flappy Bird has decided to withdraw the game from app stores tomorrow.
The free game has been hugely popular on iOS and Android, but its Vietnamese developer, Dong Nguyen, is struggling to cope with its success.
He tweeted today: “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.”
Flappy Bird launched in May 2013 for iOS, but inexplicably shot to the top of Apple’s free game rankings early in 2014, around the same time the game was released for Android.
According to reports, the game has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Even Apple has celebrated the game’s rise, with its official App Store Twitter account tweeting its score of 99 earlier in the week.
Nguyen’s decision to remove the app comes after a series of tweets explaining his frustration with the game.
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it,” he tweeted earlier today.
Earlier in the week he wrote “Press people are overrating the success of my games. It is something I never want. Please give me peace.”
Nguyen said the move had nothing to do with any accusations about the app’s similarity to an existing mobile game, Piou Piou vs. Cactus, adding: “It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don’t sell ‘Flappy Bird’, please don’t ask. And I still make games.”