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Vietnam's hit game developer pulls plug on Flappy Bird

Published on Feb 10, 2014 4:03 PM

HANOI (AFP) - The Vietnamese developer behind the smash-hit free game Flappy Bird has pulled his creation from online stores after announcing that its runaway success had ruined his "simple life".

Technology experts say the addictive and notoriously difficult game rose from obscurity at its release last May to become one of the most downloaded free mobile games on Apple's App Store and Google's Play store.

"Flappy Bird is a success of mine. But it also ruins my simple life. So now I hate it," the game's creator Nguyen Ha Dong tweeted.

"I am sorry Flappy Bird users, 22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down. I cannot take this anymore," he wrote Saturday from his @dongatory handle - which has seen its follower count grow by tens of thousands in the last few days.

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