In a pair of interviews published today by the Wall Street Journal
, Flappy Bird
developer Dong Nguyen claims he removed
his smash mobile hit from app stores because it was too popular, causing him to suffer public harassment and feelings of guilt.
"It was just too addictive," Nguyen reportedly
told a Vietnam-based Wall Street Journal correspondent. "So I decided to take it down."
Nguyen also reportedly told the Journal that he was having difficulty walking in his neighborhood without being "pestered" and that he had taken a leave of absence from both his day job and the Internet in general.
"I couldn’t sleep," Nguyen reportedly
told a correspondent from Forbes, when asked about why he removed his game at the peak of its popularity. "I don’t think it’s a mistake...I have thought it through."
Gamasutra has -- very politely -- reached out to Nguyen for further comment.