It took a Rolling Stone reporter traveling to Vietnam to get the reason for Flappy Bird’s removal out of Dong Nguyen, creator of the app store sensation, but we finally know why the game was lifted from the market, as well as information regarding its potential return.
Nguyen told Rolling Stone that he confused much of the backlash for comedy. “I thought they were just joking,” he said about the messages he received. When he discovered the level of chaos online, his decision was formed accordingly.
The game, which features basic controls and simplistic visuals, somehow managed to catapult his career as a casual programmer to full-time indie developer, and is still earning him a respectable salary despite being removed from the market. And according to Nguyen, he’s received — and is still receiving — plenty of offers from companies interested in purchasing Flappy Bird outright, but he’s considering rereleasing the title and remaining independent. This time, though, it will feature a warning: “please take a break.”
In the end, Nguyen simply refused to be responsible for the addictions of so many people. The journalists, fans, crazies and concerned parents were relentless, and a break was needed. It seems, however, that we haven’t seen the end of Flappy Bird.