The unfortunate developer of Flappy Bird can’t seem to catch a break right now. After he pulled his creation down from app stores because of the pressure that the runaway success was putting on his life, he’s now apparently receiving death threats due to the game’s removal.
On Sunday, Dong Nguyen, the creator of Flappy Bird, pulled the plug on the iOS and Android apps, saying that the game “ruins my simple life” and that he “cannot take this anymore.” He was referring to the stress and massive media attention on the game in general, since Flappy Bird became a top ranked app.
But now he has a different problem – a number of angry fans hurling abuse at him over the decision to drop the game, and indeed some disturbed individuals have issued death (or suicide) threats, according to the Independent.
The paper reports that one Twitter user said: “YOU BEST NOT BE DELETING FLAPPY BIRD BECAUSE I WILL MURDER YOU IF U DO.”
A further tweet read: "If you delete flappy bird I will literally kill myself. It’s my drug and I am so addicted!! PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO MEEE PLEASEE.”
And another simply said: “I’ll find you and i’ll kill you.”
Excuse the caps and spelling – these tweets are reproduced as they were composed (in other words, very poorly). Of course, some seem to miss the point that even though the game has been taken down from app stores, anyone who previously downloaded it will still be able to play it. Nguyen isn’t stripping it from their handsets and leaving them with gaming cold turkey.
Unfortunately, this is the usual case of the Internet proudly displaying the worst of people. There would seem to be a hell of a lot of jealously regarding the fact that a very simple game could make its owner a reported $50,000 (£30,000) per day in ad revenue.