Remember a decade ago when the Daily Mail would cite video games as the root of all evil? Well, now its time they ate their words.
Using an in game donation option, British developer Ndemic Creations’ hugely successful game Plague INC has now raised over £50,000 for Ebola Relief.
For those that haven’t played it, the game -ironically- sees you take control of a brand new fictional virus, and tasks you with spreading the plague around the world as quickly as possible. Unsurprisingly given the subject matter, the game saw a massive surge in users since the spread of Ebola, inspiring the (probably) guilt ridden developers to include an in-game link to raise awareness about the awful real world epidemic.
Next to the link was an in game donation button, and the creators couldn’t be happier at how many people chose to click it:
“The campaign has been an enormous success and really shows how communities of video game players can come together and be a force for good — making a substantial, positive difference to an urgent, real world issue,” Creator James Vaughn told WIRED.
“Thank you so much to everyone who generously donated. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved together — we have made a real difference by supporting charities all over the world.”
Its great to see a game actively make the world a better place. Hats off to you and your team James – lets make this world a better place..one virtual plague at a time.