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Hit mobile title Flappy Bird has been removed from iTunes and the Google Play stores by the game's creator Dong Nguyen.

The game had reportedly been earning Nguyen around $50,000 a day from ad revenue, but over the weekend was dramatically culled from the various app stores.

"I can call 'Flappy Bird' is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," tweeted Nguyen.

He added: "I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore."

The game's removal is believed by some to be because of legal issues surrounding its art assets which heavily resemble Super Mario, but Nguyen insists this isn't the case.

"It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."

He concluded that he "still make games".

In Flappy Bird's absence a number of clones have flooded the app stores, including Fly Birdie - Flappy Bird Flyer, Fluffy vs. Flappy Birds, Flappy Plane, Flappy Bee and Flying Flappy Unicorn Bird: The Frozen Sky Fall.

Source: @dongatory, Eurogamer

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pblive

It's just some publishers/developers taking advantage of a platform. I don't think mobiles are the platform of the future. Nothing is the platform of the future. Diversity is the key.

There are still great original games on mobile that are well worth playing, though.
Posted 14:43 on 10 February 2014
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MJTH

Remember when a lot of people were saying the app store and phone gaming was the future. When there was that period at the end of the last gen (360/PS3/Wii) where sales were waning. And the app store seemed like a place all developers could migrate to (from the indie to the big publisher).

And for a while it looked feasible, with games like infinity blade, angry birds, super hexagon, cut the rope, jet pack joyride etc. Sure they weren't like console games, but they were new and good experiences, with a little habit for free level DLC.

Well look at it now, we've got classic franchises being ruined like dungeon keeper, and hundred of clones of a game that not that good to begin with, but also stole assets from Mario.

Mobile gaming could still be the future of this industry, but if it is, I don't want to be a part of that aspect of the future.
Posted 14:25 on 10 February 2014

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Release Date: 24/05/2013
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