While China is trying to control the Coronavirus outbreak, the rest of the world is trying different methods to get some information on the threat. Plague Inc., a mobile strategy game that shows how a pathogen evolves and infects the world has gone viral after the Coronavirus outbreak.
In Plague Inc., players try to destroy the world by creating and evolving a deadly pathogen. The game uses an epidemic model with quite realistic variables to spread the virus.
Ndemic Creations created the video game title eight years ago as an educational tool. Various Medical organizations around the world have recognized Plague Inc., as the most practical and informative tool to study an outbreak.
Surprisingly, the popularity of the game is reaching new heights since the Coronavirus threat. Plague Inc. has become the sixth-most downloaded paid-for game in the world while being the second-most downloaded paid-for iOS game in China.
It is not the first time that Plague Inc. has shown a sales spike during a virus outbreak. A similar trend was observed during the Ebola Outbreak in 2014.
A Request From Ndemic Creations As The Plague Inc.’s Sales Spikes
As the sales of the game are touching clouds, Ndemic Creations is urging people not to rely on the game for any information on the Coronavirus outbreak.
The company said that the game is “realistic and informative,” but it still does not “sensationalize serious real-world issues.” Also, the game is not a “scientific model” and Coronavirus outbreak is a “very real situation.” So, people should keep their attention on official sources to get real insights on the Coronavirus threat.
“Please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities,” said the studios.
Via – Digital Trends