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Flappy Bird creator is taking the game down because it 'ruined his life'


THE CREATOR OF gaming phenomenon Flappy Bird has announced that he will be removing it from app stores today, because it ‘ruins his life’.

Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen said the simple game – infamous for its dizzying learning curve and rage-inducing capabilities – had been a success, but that he now hates it.

“I cannot take this anymore,” he wrote on Twitter.

The move comes days after he told The Verge that Flappy Bird made him an average $50,000 every day in ad revenue.

Nguyen tweeted yesterday morning:

Then added in the evening:

Flappy Bird has been downloaded around 50 million times and spawned a world of memes dedicated to its addictive qualities and despair-causing difficulty level.

Nguyen has been reticent so far about his precise reasons for taking the game down. However, he has said that he will continue making games.

The developer previously told TechCrunch that he is the only person working at his company, called .GEARS.

Nguyen currently has two other games, Super Ball Juggling and Shuriken Block, riding high in the iPhone App Store charts.

The developer has said on Twitter that his top score on Flappy Bird is “around 200″.

Full disclosure: my top score is 4.

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