Plague Inc. maker Ndemic Creations has made a $250,000 donation to Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

“Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using Plague Inc. to help them get through an actual pandemic. We are proud to be able to help support the vital work of the WHO and CEPI as they work towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19”.

James Vaughan, creator of Plague Inc.

The developer also plans to promote the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund directly in the game so that players whishing to donate money to the World Health Organization can do so.

In addition to financially supporting the WHO and CEPI, Ndemic Creations is working with these and other health organizations on a special mode for Plague Inc. In the game, you would normally have to wipe out the humankind with a deadly virus. The new mode, however, will charge players with the task of saving the humankind, not destroying it. The update will teach players about “managing disease progression and boosting healthcare systems as well as controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services.”