Nguyen’s game was killing it. Flappy Bird was downloaded more than 50 million times and was raking in $50,000 a day from ads, according to The Verge. But the little-known Vietnamese indie game developer started to hint that things were about to blow up. There’s some speculation that legal issues were brewing because the game had many similarities to Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, though Nguyen denies this.
But Nguyen’s Twitter feed suggests something more personal may have been going on. Is it possible that Flappy Bird–and subsequently Nguyen–got too famous, too fast?