Plague, Inc. was removed from the Chinese App Store as it was deemed an “Illegal Content” by the Cyberspace Administration of China. The ban came as China is currently in a serious health crisis due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The game makes player bring out “The end of human history by evolving a deadly, global plague while adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself” with many choosing China as ground zero, given its population but this never saw the good side of the Chinese government .
“We have some very sad news to share with our China based players. We’ve just been informed that Plague Inc. ‘includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China’ and has been removed from the China App Store,” writes Ndemic Creations in an update posted to its blog. “This situation is completely out of our control.”
The owner of the application says the reason for the ban isn’t yet known but could be attributed to the coronavirus outbreak in China while asserting that the game’s content shouldn’t be seen as insensitive but educational.
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“Plague Inc.’s educational importance has been repeatedly recognised by organisations like the CDC,” the blog post reads, “and we are currently working with major global health organisations to determine how we can best support their efforts to contain and control COVID-19.”
The developer assures its Chinese player-base that it will continue its efforts to have the game restored also promising to share further information about its contribution to the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.