Pathogen Simulator Plague Inc Download Sales Soar Following Ebola Outbreak

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 2:45 PM
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The world might collectively be crapping its proverbial pants at the recent Ebola epidemic striking various regions, but it doesn’t appear to have done Ndemic Creations’ Plague Inc or Plague Inc Evolved any harm, boosting its sales figures by more than 50 per cent and pushing it up into the upper reaches of the download charts.

Ndemic Creations’ viral simulator tasks the player with crafting a deadly virus in an effort to wipe out as much of the human race as possible, customising its characteristics and levelling it up in order to make it resistant to antibiotics or becoming an airborne disease, equipping your pathogen with all sorts of lethal organ attacks.

The disease-based strategy title is currently available via Steam and on mobile devices, and is in its own rights a pretty addictive management title, albeit one in which you’ll find yourself feeling slightly odd as you watch the death count tick up and cross your fingers hoping the population of Greenland begins bleeding through its eyeballs.

Sales of Plague Inc have risen by nearly 150,000 units per week during the past fortnight, shooting the weekly player count from 900,000 all the way up to an impressive 4 million. That’s 4 million people simultaneously trying to eradicate the human race. Plague Inc is currently sitting at the number one spot in the UK for paid-for apps, and it doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing.

"I think this is the first time a real world situation has been the reason why people are getting the game," said Ndemic Creations founder James Vaughan.

"Players are often interested in real-world issues, and frequently discuss diseases and the science behind them. Recently, we have seen that tens of thousands of Plague Inc players are talking about Ebola on game forums and social media."

It’s a bizarre turn of events, but Vaughan is already in talks to transfer a portion of the profits from Plague Inc to a number of charities working at containing the deadly disease.

Are you one of millions getting involved with Plague Inc’s pathogen simulation? Do you find the concept slightly bizarre following a real-world crisis? Let us know what you think!

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05:52 Oct-29-2014

Love the game installed it on phone and its awesome. Just one con is that battery consumption is way higher compared to asphalt 8.

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16:01 Oct-28-2014

Ebola outbreak, millions dead and the goal of the game Plague Inc is to infect as many as possible. People love this. Hatred game is looked down upon, why?

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16:00 Oct-28-2014

I recently installed Plague Inc on my phone. This game is so damn addicting, just love it! :D

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15:56 Oct-28-2014

So.. Ebola Simulator?

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15:33 Oct-28-2014

oh the find ebola entertaining thats why! i hate the fact that people make jokes about it. its not like i am afraid its going to destroy humanity but people are dying by the thousands in africa and kids in stream chats start shouting "EBOLA EBOLA" when someone coughs or make memes on 9GAG. its disgusting. not to mention that nobody gave a sh!t to stop this desease while it was only in africa for years and now that it hit 10 white people the a vaccine is almost ready... just stop it.

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18:03 Oct-28-2014

well said loukas

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20:01 Oct-28-2014

They've made jokes about every other disease. Ebola is just a trend, nothing special.

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20:43 Oct-28-2014

well these kinds of trends are lame. you cant make a joke out of something that has killled millions of real living people..

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21:53 Oct-28-2014

not millions. just above 5000 confirmed in this current outbreak. to be fair, maybe 15,000 total with non-documented deaths to be safe. car crashes kill 32000+ a year in the us alone. +1 rank for media sensationalism.

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21:55 Oct-28-2014

the common cold kills an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 a year according to the WHO. just to be clear on the scope if things.

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22:00 Oct-28-2014

ps. video games were derived from military training improvements, see term "computer graphics". war kills how many people a year? that didn't stop activision from make call of duty, and stabbing people with Kabars. just some more perspectiv

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22:18 Oct-28-2014

i am not complaining about the plague inc game. i am complaining about people thinking that ebola jokes are fun. and i didnt say it was the No 1 cause of death. i saw noone making jokes about war deaths or flu deaths or anything like that.

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23:51 Oct-28-2014

true enough.

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17:05 Oct-29-2014

somebody downvoted me for saying well said loukas, so i'll say it again, well said loukas

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18:45 Oct-29-2014

You monster! :-D

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19:23 Oct-29-2014

:D wish i could upvote you again

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15:05 Oct-28-2014

I just hope this simulation doesn't make anyone want to try and make their own virus to wipe out the human race. :3

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16:07 Oct-28-2014

rather more complicated then clicking "evolve" on your computer but lol anyway.

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18:19 Oct-28-2014

Dont worry people allready done that, there are dozens of bio labs containing ebola mutations that are weaponized and can spread in temperate climate as well without problem

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