If you pay attention to the most popular mobile games from iTunes and Google Play, you’re certainly familiar with Flappy Bird. But you might not know that downloads of the game were making its creator, Dong Nguyen, an estimated $50,000 a day, which makes it all the more remarkable that he deleted the game from both iPhone and Android app stores, citing an overabundance of pressure and attention relating to the game’s popularity.
It’s hard to get a firm grasp on exactly why Dong Nguyen put a stop to Flappy Bird‘s availability. He’s obviously a very private person, so all we have in the way of firsthand info are some tweets he made on the matter (you can check out his Twitter account here). If this is all some kind of publicity gimmick to get even more attention, it’s brilliant. But if it’s not, Nguyen may regret pulling the game and causing this uproar.
Users who already downloaded Flappy Bird before the game was pulled can still play it, but those that didn’t are out of luck unless they want to spend up to $15K on eBay.