If you haven’t heard of the ridiculously popular game Flappy Bird, then you probably don’t own a smartphone or tablet. The game has exploded online in the past week and shot to top spot in both iOS and Android app stores, putting even Facebook’s Paper app to shame. The app is reported to have earned USD50,000 per day from advertisements alone.
One would think that the developer, Dong Nguyen, would be ecstatic about his sudden windfall, but nope, the situation is quite the opposite. He has been shunning the media and is supposedly very unhappy with his accidental fame to the point of taking down Flappy Bird:
I am sorry Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
This is probably in response to some very crazy passionate Flappy Bird players who tweeted death threats, suicide threats and all sorts of curses under the sun. This obviously resulted in even more death threats and cries for Dong not to take down the app:
@dongatory YOU BEST NOT BE DELETING FLAPPY BIRD BECAUSE I WILL MURDER YOU IF U DO
— Bethany Mota (@betherss__) February 9, 2014
@dongatory DONT YOU DARE IT'S MY FAV GAME IF U DO ILL HUNT U DOWN AND KILL U
— hannah✌ (@_idkhannah_) February 9, 2014
And therefore, being unable to keep up with the pressure, Dong Nguyen killed himself with a gun, 'as confirmed by Authorities'.
An entertainment site, Huzlers, ‘reported’ that Dong Nguyen was ‘found dead in his home’ in San Francisco. But Dong Nguyen lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. Their claims of ‘confirmed by Authorities’ has no proof whatsoever – and note that they used the word ‘Authorities’ as a special noun (with a capital ‘A’), which means that they “meant to say” that a “person called Mr. Authorities” confirmed it, not the actual authorities.
Also, Huzlers added a disclaimer at the bottom of their website:
Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satire news to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.
So keep calm, folks. Dong isn’t dead, and will continue to make games.
Will we see a Flappy Bird 2 soon? Nah, probably not.