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Plague Inc. sees 50 per cent download spike due to Ebola fears

"This is the first time a real world situation has been the reason why people are getting the game"

After more than two years on sale in the notoriously competitive mobile market, Ndemic Creations' Plague Inc. is riding high in the charts once again.

Normally, this would be a cause for celebration, but Ndemic founder James Vaughan has pointed to a rather distressing cause for Plague Inc's 50 per cent spike in downloads over the past week: the Ebola outbreak that has claimed thousands of lives so far, and is the subject of concern in countries all over the world.

According to new data sourced by The Daily Mail, Plague Inc.'s downloads rose by more than 147,000 in the period between October 10 and 16. During the same period, the game's weekly player count was up by more than 900,000 to reach 4 million.

In the last two months, it has climbed the iOS paid download charts (US) from a spot outside the top 20 to become a consistent fixture in the top 5.

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

"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."

Vaughan is currently in talks with several charities to arrange transferring a portion of the game's profits to help contain the disease.

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Latest comments (2)

Dan Tubb Investment manager, Edge5 years ago
As it happens Im something of a master on this game having completed it all on Mega Brutal, and done all the time trials in under a year.

As such my advice to anyone seriously concerned about Ebola is to move to Greenland, and your probably be fine.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Dan Tubb on 28th October 2014 10:09am

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Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation 5 years ago
I thought it was a piss-take when I first heard about Ebola hitting Africa, only because a couple of months beforehand, I started a virus in Africa and it spread in the same amount of time as the current one. I'm just waiting to switch on the TV one day and hear "Breaking News: Scientists have confirmed that the Ebola strain is now being called 'Meh'."
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