Flappy Bird, a popular game for mobile devices, was removed from online stores Sunday after its developer complained the fame had ruined his simple life.
In several tweets, creator Dong Nyugen noted that the game’s removal had nothing to do with a legal dispute, despite Forbes’ claims that he could soon be sued for intellectual property theft. Rather, apparently Nyugen was making $50,000 a day from the game’s advertising revenue, and that proved to be overwhelming.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users," Nyugen tweeted on Saturday. "I cannot take this anymore."
Despite its simple graphics, Flappy Bird was a popular game because of its difficulty. Many users could not continuously tap the screen to keep the bird in flight and avoid hitting obstacles.
When Nyugen finally removed the game from online stores, many users tweeted him with hashtags like #RIPFlappyBird. Other fans expressed their relief that the game was gone, noting that it was the best for cracked phone screens everywhere.