Game was downloaded more than 50 million times, earning the developer an estimated $50,000 a day

Flappy Birds creator removed app because it was ‘distracting the children of the world’

Flappy Birds developer Dong Nguyen reveals why he took one of the most talked about apps of all time offline.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Nguyen said that he was bombarded with messages from parents, teachers and players complaining that his game was damaging their lives.

One message was from a woman saying Nguyen was "distracting the children of the world”, another complained that "13 kids at my school broke their phones because of your game, and they still play it cause it’s addicting like crack."

Other messages were from workers saying they had lost their jobs because of playing the game.

Nguyen told the publication that he realised that people were hurting themselves playing the game. That coupled with the constant attention from the media led to the developer deciding to take the game offline.

Flappy Birds was released on the iOS App Store on May 24th and went viral eight months later, where it was downloaded more than 50 million times, earning Nguyen an estimated $50,000 a day.

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