Creator of “Flappy Bird,” Popular Mobile Game, Receives Death Threats After Pulling Game

flappybirdThough I consider myself fairly tech savvy I’ll be honest – before it was pulled from Google Play and the Apple App Store, I had never heard of the apparently very popular game called “Flappy Bird.”

It seems I was one of the few people on this planet who hadn’t.

Well, needless to say, the game is no more – and people have lost their minds.

The game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, decided to pull it from the various stores where people could download it, which then prompted people to freak out and issue several death threats.

The website Boy Genius Report listed several of these threats:

YOU BEST NOT BE DELETING FLAPPY BIRD BECAUSE I WILL MURDER YOU IF U DO.

If you delete flappy bird I will literally kill myself. It’s my drug and I am so addicted!! PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO MEEE PLEASEE.

I’ll find you and i’ll kill you.

NO ONLY 1 HOUR I WILL KILL YOU IF U TAKE IT DOWN.

I will kill you mother f**ker.

Again, this is a game you play on your mobile phone. 

But after reading why the developer pulled the game, I actually agreed with him.

Nguyen said:

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed.  But it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Basically, he created the game to be something people played for a few minutes when they had some spare time.  He didn’t create the game so people would spend countless hours playing it.

And just to let you know how popular this game was, as a free download, some tech experts estimate that Flappy Bird generated about $50,000 in ad revenue per day. 

Nguyen also said that he didn’t like how the app had impacted his personal life.  I can respect anyone who can walk away from an estimated $50,000 per day because they didn’t want their personal life to be dominated by greed and they didn’t like how people had become obsessed with playing the game.

How many of us could walk away from $50,000 per day?  Again, that might be a high estimate, but it’s probably safe to say he was making a lot of money from this game.

Then when you factor in the main reason why he pulled the game, I completely respect his decision.  I’ve been an advocate for quite a long time that too many people waste time on pointless things instead applying themselves to things that matter.  And while pulling this game obviously won’t stop people from simply shifting their attention to some other kind of mobile game, I guess at least Nguyen has decided that he won’t let more people waste time being “addicted” to Flappy Bird.

For too many people, “small guilty pleasures” have consumed their lives.  It seems that was partially the reason why Nguyen pulled the game.  Though some are speculating that it’s meant to create buzz for a highly anticipated sequel.

That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me, but where there’s controversy – there will be conspiracy theorists.

But I just found it absolutely ridiculous that people would actually send death threats (whether or not they actually meant them) because the developer of a mobile game decided to pull it from being able to be downloaded because people were too addicted to the game and it was negatively impacting his personal life.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • James

    Tennessee Law makers are considering a Bill to FORCE him to put the game back up !

    • Lokari

      Please, please, tell me you’re kidding.
      You must be. And yet, it’s disturbingly believable. Goodness knows politicians have done dumber things.