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