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The developer of a mobile game whose popularity suddenly soared in recent weeks has decided he "cannot take this anymore" and decides to yank the app over the weekend, despite earning upwards of $50,000 per day in advertising.
Kotaku reported Saturday that Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen appears to have already tired of his 15 minutes of fame, announcing on Twitter that the overnight sensation will vanish from the 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," Nguyen tweeted on Saturday. Two minutes later, Nguyen added, "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore."
That second tweet was in reference to critics who called out Nguyen for the similarity between the pipes featured in Flappy Bird and those used in Nintendo's popular Super Mario games -- a similarity that has sparked rumors about Nguyen being under legal pressure to yank the game, despite having existed quietly on the App Store since last May.
True to the developer's word, Flappy Bird vanished from the App Store and Google Play on Sunday -- and according to a separate Kotaku report, almost immediately, a cottage industry sprung up on eBay for iPhone owners willing to sell their handsets which already have Flappy Bird installed on them.
As of this writing, one such white, 16GB iPhone 5 listing has racked up 65 bids for a whopping $90,200 -- not a bad profit, assuming the auction doesn't get yanked sometime in the next 11 hours remaining.
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