The makers of the smash-hit video game Plague Inc. have seen players flock to their game since the coronavirus outbreak, as reported in The Big Issue earlier this month, so now they are contributing to the global fight to stop it.
The game tasks players with playing the role of a virus and dealing with the attempts from countries around the world to prevent its spread – a setup that is familiar to us all as we negotiate the coronavirus outbreak.
Everyone is impacted by COVID-19. On behalf of all Plague Inc. players, we have just donated a quarter of a million dollars to @CEPIvaccines and @WHO to help fight it.https://t.co/kAZtjwn89bpic.twitter.com/DinQpvRqCk
— Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) March 23, 2020
Plague Inc. is developed by Ndemic Creations who are passing on the profits from sales of the game with a $250,000 (£213,012) donation to the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and their hunt for a vaccine.
Ndemic’s founder James Vaughan said: “Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using Plague Inc. to help them get through an actual pandemic.
“We are proud to be able to help support the vital work of the WHO and CEPI as they work towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19.”