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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 14:56
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 14:56
Jan 16, 2022, 14:56
 
I have the physical board game that I can play any time.
I'm a smoldering volcano of virility. At least, that's what I tell myself.
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 15:22
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 15:22
Jan 16, 2022, 15:22
 
Why buy it when you live it?
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 15:24
Rilcon
 
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 15:24
Jan 16, 2022, 15:24
 Rilcon
 
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 15:41
WarPig
 
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 15:41
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 16:17
El Pit
 
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 16:17
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 16:37
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 16:37
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 18:20
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 18:20
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 18:34
Jim
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 18:34
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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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 18:58
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Jan 16, 2022, 18:58
 
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, 19:14
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 19:14
Jan 16, 2022, 19:14
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:58:
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.

That would make for a really funny horror comedy. Let's write a script and sell it to Hollywood for 10 mil!

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Jan 16, 2022, 19:16
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Jan 16, 2022, 19:16
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:58:
Jim wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:34:
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.
They'll be sending out invitations to "Get Bitten" parties while claiming it's no worse than the flu and that only old people get zombified.
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 20:14
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 20:14
Jan 16, 2022, 20:14
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 15:22:
Why buy it when you live it?
Meh, picked it up 5 or so years ago.
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Jan 16, 2022, 20:52
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Jan 16, 2022, 20:52
 
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RedEye9 wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 19:16:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:58:
Jim wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 18:34:
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.
They'll be sending out invitations to "Get Bitten" parties while claiming it's no worse than the flu and that only old people get zombified.

And all the zombies end up wearing red baseball hats. For... reasons.
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 21:58
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam Jan 16, 2022, 21:58
Jan 16, 2022, 21:58
 
Most likely this hasn't anything to do with the game's theme; odds are it's a licensing issue.

Asmodee Games (the publishers of the computer game) probably had a license with Z-Man games (the publishers of the board game on which the computer incarnation is based) and the license ran out. Possibly Z-Man Games wanted more money than Asmodee Games was willing to pay, or perhaps Z-Man Games has entered into another deal with some other video-game publisher, or worried that the computer game sales were cannibalizing their board game sales, or whatever. But it's much more likely a business decision, and not because of anybody trying to 'cancel' games about a pandemic because of Covid-19.


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Jan 16, 2022, 22:31
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Jan 16, 2022, 22:31
 
its not because of Covid-19 or Plague Inc would also be removed I belive it even has a covid 19 play method build right in
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:08
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:08
 
This is not surprising...making a game about a subject matter which has killed over 5mil people worldwide is in bad taste.....regardless if it's theme is to eradicate it. Something like this is just 'too soon', at least not while we are still neck deep in the damn thing
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:17
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:17
 
El Pit wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 16:17:
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.

Not possible. If anything we got lucky with COVID.

Highly suggest everyone listens to How To Survive a Pandemic by Micheal Greger. It is an eye opening compilation of public statements made by WHO and CDC officials.

They're predicting billions of deaths, before a vaccine is created.

Between factory farming, wet markets and exotic meat, it's "a question of when, not if"

I'm honestly surprised that we are all still here after listening to it lol - scary AF

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Jan 16, 2022, 23:29
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:29
 
Last year, Asmodee acquired some sort of digital board game platform. In addition, They just got bought by Embracer Group, so it's probably some plan to release their digital games on their own platform or something.
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Re: Pandemic Eradicated from Steam
Jan 16, 2022, 23:31
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Jan 16, 2022, 23:31
 
bigspender wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 23:17:
El Pit wrote on Jan 16, 2022, 16:17:
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.

Not possible. If anything we got lucky with COVID.

Highly suggest everyone listens to How To Survive a Pandemic by Micheal Greger. It is an eye opening compilation of public statements made by WHO and CDC officials.

They're predicting billions of deaths, before a vaccine is created.

Between factory farming, wet markets and exotic meat, it's "a question of when, not if"

I'm honestly surprised that we are all still here after listening to it lol - scary AF

Mass culling from time to time are not only good, they're necessary. The Black Death, for example, is what allowed us to move out of serfdom and create an upwardly mobile society, mass education, etc. As the old saying goes, in every cloud there's a silver lining. There's just way too many people on this rock and it's getting worse by the minute.
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