Pandemic Eradicated from Steam

A post on Reddit reveals that Pandemic: The Board Game has been delisted on Steam, and is no longer available for purchase. This strategy game was released in 2018, so it was certainly not an effort to exploit COVID-19 at the time. It does seems possible the removal is still related to the coronavirus outbreak, but the notice on the Steam Listing is inscrutable: "At the request of the publisher, Pandemic: The Board Game is no longer available for sale on Steam." Those who already own it should still be able to play the game going forward. PC Gamer includes word on the one way to still get this:
Though no official announcement has been made, one player contacted Asmodee support and was told via email that, "We have worked hard over 4 years on Pandemic and withdrawing it from the stores has not been an easy choice. This decision was made with a heavy heart for a multitude of reasons that we cannot disclose." The email also claimed that Pandemic would be leaving the Xbox store on January 31, and Switch by the end of July.

Pandemic is no longer mentioned anywhere on Asmodee Digital's website. A look at the Wayback Machine shows that its page was removed in November or December of 2021. However, one digital version of Pandemic remains—on browser-based tabletop gaming platform Board Game Arena, which Asmodee bought last year. You can play Pandemic there for free right now, and with online multiplayer, something the Steam version didn't have.
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:58
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Jim wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:34:
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:20:
You mean where there are no anti-vax/conspiracy idiots in the world and the first world actually works on inoculating the rest of the planet to help stop all this shit? Yeah, that would be a nice escape wouldn't it?
I suspect the pandemic is going to change how viruses and zombies are portrayed in future Games and videos.

I can't wait for a movie/show to come out with zombies or Monster_X, and people are literally getting ripped apart or eaten by the creatures, and they just keep shouting: "These aren't real, it's a liberal hoax!" or refusing to stay in the shelter, and keep running outside to 'exercise their freedom!' and get eaten, etc.
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:34
Jim
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:34
Jim
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:20:
You mean where there are no anti-vax/conspiracy idiots in the world and the first world actually works on inoculating the rest of the planet to help stop all this shit? Yeah, that would be a nice escape wouldn't it?
I suspect the pandemic is going to change how viruses and zombies are portrayed in future Games and videos.
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:20
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:20
 
Rilcon wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 15:24:
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 15:22:
Why buy it when you live it?
The game is probably less idiotic and fatalistic, probably a nice escapist fantasy.

You mean where there are no anti-vax/conspiracy idiots in the world and the first world actually works on inoculating the rest of the planet to help stop all this shit? Yeah, that would be a nice escape wouldn't it?

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Jan 16, 2022, 17:41
Jim
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Jan 16, 2022, 17:41
Jim
 
I bet they have been getting a lot of shi from people that want to talk about covid simulators and such
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Jan 16, 2022, 16:37
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Jan 16, 2022, 16:37
 
Its kind of weird because the game doesn't even have online play. So its not like there are servers shutting down. You could easily just keep selling the game without issue

My thought is that they're probably paying a yearly licensing cost for the property name. And the salse of the the game are not enough to cover the license cost anymore so they have to deslist it for that reason
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Jan 16, 2022, 16:17
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Jan 16, 2022, 16:17
 El Pit
 
Now, let's eradicate it (the pandemic, not Steam) from Earth and we should be fine. Or maybe not fine but at least a bit better.
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:41
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:41
 WarPig
 
Whew, that's a relief, I feel so much better now. It's like when they got rid of all the war games and other shooters... right?
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:24
Rilcon
 
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:24
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Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 15:22:
Why buy it when you live it?
The game is probably less idiotic and fatalistic, probably a nice escapist fantasy.
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:22
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Jan 16, 2022, 15:22
 
Why buy it when you live it?
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Jan 16, 2022, 14:56
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Jan 16, 2022, 14:56
 
I have the physical board game that I can play any time.
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