The link between viruses, viral news stories and business is inevitably an uncomfortable one. It gets darker still when the business is a game in which players spread a virtual disease. As a newly identified virus originating in central China spread on Tuesday, a mobile game called Plague Inc. became the top paid app in the country’s version of Apple’s App Store. The game, made by British studio Ndemic Creations in 2012, also experienced an increase in downloads and player numbers during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Source: Wall Street Journal January 22, 2020 10:52 UTC