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Flappy Bird Developer Bombarded with Death Threats After Pulling Down Game from Online Stores
When was the last time you heard about a game going so viral that fans are posting highly objectionable threats to the game's developer since it was taken down from every online store? Well, if you haven't until now, you have got yourself a case now with the latest mobile gaming sensation Flappy bird.
Vietnamese Developer Nguyen Ha Dong's brainchild Flappy Bird was recently pulled down from both Android and iOS app stores after the developer complained about the kind of effect all the craze and excitement surrounding his game was having on his personal life.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," Dong previously wrote on his official Twitter page. He later backed his earlier tweet by stating: "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."
A day later, true to his promise, Dong, almost exactly 22 hours after the announcement, removed the game from both Apple's App Store and Google Play.
However, while the decision to take the game down from the online stores may have helped Dong personally, but it didn't go down well with all the die-hard casual gamers who had downloaded the title on their devices, or were looking to download it in the near future.
Likewise, death threats and other similar objectionable posts were made in protest of the sudden pulling of the game. And with the game going viral at such short notice, it seems like the abuses won't stop until the game has been re-instated again and made available once again for download.
A few of the threatening tweets hurled toward the developer included on person writing: "YOU BEST NOT BE DELETING FLAPPY BIRD BECAUSE I WILL MURDER YOU IF U DO."
While another user, angered similarly, simply added: "I will kill you mother f*****."
But that's not all. Apparently, the game is so addictive to let go that one user wrote: "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."
Prior to all this fiasco over the sudden pulling down of the game, Dong had told The Verge that the game was making him on average $US50,000 a day from in-game advertising.