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Flappy Bird Creator Breaks Silence
By: Jessica Cherok
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Last month many were shocked to learn that the wildly popular mobile app, Flappy Bird, had been removed from the iPhone and Andriod app stores. For the most part, the app’s creator, Dong Nguyen, was silent on the decision, saying only that the app had ruined his life. Now, Nguyen has broken his silence in an interview with Rolling Stone.

By the beginning of 2014, Flappy Bird was bringing in an estimated $50,000 a day. But the game had much more humble beginnings. Nguyen was a programmer in Vietnam, who had created the game over a weekend. According to him, he never expected the fanatical success of the game, or all of the consequences that came from its success.

At first, Nguyen tells Rolling Stone, he enjoyed the success of Flappy Bird. “Seeing the game on top, I felt amazing.” But as the game grew in popularity, Nguyen says people became more interested in him, which was something he hadn’t expected and was reluctant about. Paparazzi began swarming his home, where he lives with his parents, and he felt his privacy slipping away.

Worse, says Nguyen, some people were criticizing him for how addictive the game was. People blamed him for how much their children played or for losing their jobs. Between the critics and the paparazzi, Nguyen said he had enough. In February Nguyen announced via Twitter he was deleting the game.

Are things better for Nguyen now that Flappy Bird is out of his life? Apparently so. “I can’t go back to my life before, but I’m good now.”

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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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