Today, Ndemic Creations, the developers and publisher of Plague Inc., has announced that have made a $250,000 donation between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“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,” said James Vaughan, creator of Plague Inc. “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”.
In order to support both organizations even further, anyone can donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Ndemic Creations will be promoting the response fund in-game so Plague Inc. players can offer some of their financial support to the WHO.
“We are delighted that Ndemic Creations have so generously contributed to our crucial vaccine development work, especially as we tackle the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19,” said Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI. “Games have an important role in raising awareness of the challenges the world is currently facing. Only through a concerted, global response—with the private sector working together with Governments and philanthropies, pooling resources and expertise—can we hope to stop such emerging epidemic threats.”
There's also a new update eventually coming to Plague Inc., which by now has been out for nearly 8 years. Now instead of spreading a virus outbreak, players will have the option of stopping one and saving the world from a virus outbreak. Players will have to balance work on managing the disease along with insuring that worldwide healthcare systems are still functional. Players will be able to use actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing, and the closure of public services. The update will be free, and out as soon as possible.
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