Apple has informed the makers of Plague.Inc, Ndemic Creations that the game has been taken down from the App Store in China. Apple says the game was removed because “includes content that is illegal in China as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China.”
Ndemic responded to the ban and said “It’s not clear to us if this removal is linked to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that China is facing,” reads a statement from Ndemic.” The real-time strategy game saw an uptick in downloads last month and is currently not available for download.
In all likelihood, the removal of the Plague.inc has something to do with the coronavirus outbreak. The notorious epidemic originated in China and since then has spread across the entire world. Ndemic has pointed out that the Plague’s educational importance has been lauded by organizations like the CDC. Furthermore, Ndemic also claims to be working with major global health organizations and helping them with efforts to contain and control COVID-19.
Ndemic claims that it is taking necessary steps to get the game back on the app store. It stresses the educational impact the game has been making ever since it was released.
We are working very hard to try and find a way to get the game back in the hands of Chinese players – we don’t want to give up on you – however, as a tiny independent games studio in the UK, the odds are stacked against us. Our immediate priority is to try and make contact with the Cyberspace Administration of China to understand their concerns and work with them to find a resolution.
This is not the first time China has gotten apps removed from the App Store. Chinese authorities are known to ban/get app stores to remove apps that don’t fall in line with their idealogy. Plague.inc game has been around since 2012 and no one bats an eyelid until now. On the brighter side, the game is still available for download on App Stores outside China.
Do you feel removing Plague Inc. game from App Store is justified? Let us know in the comments below.[via PocketGamer]