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Well, it apparently wasn’t an idle threat, as Flappy Bird has indeed been pulled from both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play marketplace.
The Vietnamese developer of the ultra-popular and ultra-tricky game warned on Saturday that he planned to pull the game within a day, saying he didn’t want to deal with all the pressures.
“I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down,” Dong Nguyen said in his tweet on Saturday. “I cannot take this anymore.”
Nguyen did not return an email seeking comment (of course, he blamed all the inquiries from the press as part of the reason he was pulling the app).
Already downloaded versions of the free iPhone app appear to be still working, with ads continuing to be served up.
The app and Nguyen have also been hit with complaints that Flappy Bird borrows too heavily from the design and play of other games.
“I can call ‘Flappy Bird’ is a success of mine,” Nguyen said on Twitter. “But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it.”