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Flappy Bird Creator Says Game Was ‘Addictive,’ Is Now ‘Gone Forever’

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The creator of the viral mobile game Flappy Bird is speaking out about his sudden decision to pull the game from online stores. Dong Ngyuen, 29, of Hanoi, Vietnam, said the game had become too negative an impact on players, and had thrown his own life off balance.

Forbes scored the first interview with Ngyuen since his decision to delete the game:

“Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed,” says Dong Nguyen[...] “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.”

The article also noted that Ngyuen refused to be photographed or videotaped for the interview, and smoked frequently throughout. Ngyuen also stated that he had not slept well since rocketing to fame, but had caught up in recent days.

“Thank you very much for playing my game,” he offered to disappointed fans.

Flappy Bird is a simple game that captured players with its frustrating difficultly. Players tap the screen of a smartphone or tablet to keep a bird aloft as it navigates between pipes. Hitting any surface ends the game. The longer it goes, the more difficult it becomes.

The game went live to little fanfare in May 2013. But by last month, it was the top game in the iOS App Store in the US, UK, and China. It was released on Android on January 30th. Tech site The Verge estimated the game was generating $50,000 a day with in-game advertising.

But on February 8th, Dong tweeted, “I cannot take this anymore,” and said he would take down the games. IPhones with Flappy Bird pre-loaded are now being sold on eBay for hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

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