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Gasp! Flappy Bird is Gone!
By: Jessica Cherok
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The wildly popular Flappy Bird game has been deleted from the iPhone and Android app stores. But why did a game making up to $50,000 a day end up being removed?

The game’s popularity was remarkable. More than 50 million downloads since its release, and $50,000 from advertising every day. But, according to the game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, the game was deleted because he just couldn’t take it anymore. Apparently the wild popularity of Flappy Bird was ruining Nguyen’s simple life.

Exactly how the game was ruining his life remains a mystery. On Saturday, Nguyen tweeted, stating, “I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.

Other than announcing the decision to remove the game, Nguyen has been largely silent. When asked why he made such a shocking decision, Nguyen repeatedly references how people are “overusing” the game. The game’s addictive qualities have been compared to that of Candy Crush. For more about the additions, check out this hilarious article from BuzzFeed.

For those users who already downloaded the game, you’ll still be able to use it. For the rest of us, we can either breathe a sigh of relief for not falling victim to the addiction, or wait with bated breath to see if the game returns.

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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