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Flappy Bird creator to remove game

Flappy Bird has become one of the most downloaded mobile games.

Flappy Bird caused a sensation after rising out of obscurity becoming one of the most downloaded mobile games.  Picture: Facebook.com.

HANOI - The developer of Flappy Bird, currently the most popular free mobile game on Apple App Store and Google's Android Play store, has announced that he is taking the game down at midnight on Sunday.

Nguyen Ha Dong, a Hanoi-based game developer, announced the grounding of the addictive game in a Tweet on Saturday in which he also apologised to Flappy Bird players.

"22 hours from now, I will take Flappy Bird down," Dong said adding: "It is not anything related to legal issues."

"I cannot take this anymore," he wrote.

Flappy Bird has caused a sensation after rising out of obscurity to become one of the most downloaded mobile games on both Apple and Google's online stores.

Users have to steer a bird between green pipes. The Android version has been downloaded up to 50 million times, and attracted more than half a million reviews.

Many people have been questioning Dong on Twitter about his decision to take down the game as only a day earlier he had been talking about developing the game for Microsoft's Windows phones.

Dong could not be reached for comment.

Unlike other successful game makers such as Rovio Entertainment, which produced the hugely popular Angry Birds game and has hundreds of programmers, Dong made Flappy Bird by himself in a few nights, he said on Twitter earlier.

The game, which he said was inspired by Nintendo's Mario Bros, has been earning on average $50,000 a day from advertising, Dong said.