In a bewildering series of events Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen has decided to remove his hugely popular app, despite it raking in $50K a day in ad revenue.
Why is he taking it down, you ask? It's a bit of a mystery, but it sounds like he didn't like the fame and the throngs of criticism that came with it.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," he tweeted.
"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," he wrote in another tweet.
Some hypothesise that the game is being removed due to legal issues as Flappy Bird's assets bear a strong resemblance to those of Mario's, but Nguyen is adamant that this isn't the case. "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore," he said.
When asked by another Twitter user if the removal was due to non-legal criticism over the same issue, Nguyen replied, "Not because of them but because how people use my game. They are overusing it."
I've reached out to Nguyen for some clarification on why he plans to remove a game so many people love that he's also profiting off of, but have yet to hear back. I'll update if I get any more on this.
In the meantime, if you'd like to see what all the fuss is about I'd suggest downloading Flappy Bird while it's still out. It's free and terribly addictive, for better or worse.