A few days ago, we saw the removal of Plague Inc. from the App Store in China for some reason. Today, the game got removed from Steam in China, with reason declared as “illegal content”. As the COVID-19 keeps spreading around the world, Chinese authorities try to link the issue with a game.
The developer of the game had already issued a statement, following the removal from the App Store. You can find the developer’s statement below.
“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. This situation is completely out of our control.”
“It’s not clear to us if this removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing. However, Plague Inc.’s educational importance has been repeatedly recognized by organizations like the CDC and we are currently working with major global health organizations to determine how we can best support their efforts to contain and control COVID-19.”
We’re really sad to announce that Plague Inc. has been removed from the China App Store. This is completely out of our control and we are working to find a way to bring the game back to our players in China. Our statement here: https://t.co/oYkHHkMbgw pic.twitter.com/5wQ93NsCKw
— Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) February 27, 2020
We do not know what will happen to the game in the future, but we will observe the developments. Above, you can find the latest Twitter post shared by the developer. We will update you on this matter as more information surfaces. Meanwhile, the game is not on sale in mainland China.