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If you have been looking to download the massively popular Flappy Bird game on your smartphone on recommendation from your friends, you might as well keep your expectations in check. According to reports, the Vietnamese developer of mobile game Flappy Bird took the popular game down from both Android and iOS-based app stores after complaining he was suffering from its phenomenal success, and that he couldn't take it anymore.
Originally released on May 24, 2013 with support for the iPhone 5, Flappy Bird was taken down from the online stores after Vietnamese developer Nguyen Ha Dong, on February 8, announced on Twitter that the game was set to be removed from both Apple's App Store and Google Play.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," Dong 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.
If you have been following the game, and anything related to it, closely, it will be a surprising fact to know that Dong, only last week, told The Verge that the game was making him on average $US50,000 a day from in-game advertising.
However, with the final removal of the game, what it now means is that while Dong's decision won't affect those who already downloaded the game, but it does mean that no one else can get it in the future. Also, for users who already have the game, don't expect any further updates to the game in the future.