Coronavirus resurfaced in a new strand in Wu Han, China. Days later, the coronavirus made its way to Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Philippines, and even in the United States. The deadly nature of the virus and fast outbreak alerted top governments and is beginning to enforce quarantines and flight bans. Wu Han is already under quarantine following several confirmed deaths due to the virus.
Shortly after the horrifying news, memes started spreading like a disease on the internet. Gamers took the opportunity to create coronavirus Plague Inc memes. Plague Inc is a real-time strategy simulated game developed by Ndemic Creations. Players can develop a pathogen with the ultimate goal of ending the world in a deadly plague.
Plague Inc x Coronavirus memes gave a short burst to the game’s popularity. A few days before the virus outbreak, Plague Inc: Evolved’s Steam daily player count rose from an average of 450 players to 6,225 players – a 13.83x increase. Steamcharts.com data shows steady growth and is expected to hit Steam’s top 100 games by player count in the coming days.