HANOI — The creator of the hit mobile game “Flappy Bird” has removed it from the App Store and Google Play, saying it ruined his life.
The game, uploaded in 2013, surged to the top in downloads earlier this year. Its success, based on being simple but maddeningly difficult, made creator Nguyen Ha Dong, 29, a minor celebrity. The game was downloaded more than 50 million times on the App Store alone. Dong said “Flappy Bird” was making $50,000 a day in ad revenue.
But blogger Carter Thomas said its sudden popularity may have been due to the use of fake accounts run by computers to create downloads and reviews. Thomas said he couldn’t prove his suspicion.
Dong wrote on Twitter that the sensation caused by the game ‘‘ruins my simple life.’’ He did not address Thomas’s allegation but denied suggestions the game breached another game maker’s copyright.