Plague Inc. developer reminds players it is just a game amid coronavirus outbreak

China’s Wuhan Coronavirus Spreads To Japan During The Lunar New YearChinese tourists wearing masks use smartphones in the Ginza shopping district on January 24, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. | Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, the creators of a wildly popular game about viral outbreaks issued a statement last week reminding people that, while realistic, their game is just a game.

“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,” reads a statement on the company’s website.

The game, in which players must try to infect the entire world with a deadly virus, experienced a surge in popularity last week as people learned more about the severity of the new coronavirus outbreak in China.

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Author: Mary Beth Griggs