Wreckless Violent Gaming Has Only An Easy Start, But No Easy End
New Delhi, India, Monday, March 25, 2019 —
PUBG or ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ is an online multiplayer game where about 100 players fight it out in free for all combat where the sole survivor emerges victorious.
There have been calls to ban the game as it is “addictive” and has been linked to poor results of students in exams.
There have been cases of children forgetting to eat or forget to urinate in the excitement of winning the game. A boy failed in his first year pre-university exam after he wrote only about ‘how to play PUBG game’ in the Economics answer sheet of his university.
20-Year-Old From Telangana Dies After Playing PUBG Continuously For 45 Days
In a tragic incident, a 20-year-old boy from Telangana died after playing the game for long hours. According to local media, the boy, a resident of Jagtial was playing PUBG for 45 days and had developed serious neck pain due to this. The doctors in the Hyderabad hospital reportedly found the nerves surrounding his neck were completely damaged after he played the game for long hours at a stretch.
The student had secured distinction in his Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam last year but his addiction to the game cost his concentration towards studies.
Youth Busy Playing PUBG Gulps Acid By Accident, Left Seriously Injured
According to doctors, the youth whose identity has not been revealed was playing PUBG on his mobile in the courtyard of his house. He drank acid from the bottle which was kept nearly mistaking it to be water.
The family rushed him to Nagpur for treatment but brought him back to his hometown after his condition worsened. Back in Chhindwara he underwent a number of surgeries and has been brought back to life from a near death experience.
Public Statement Issued By PUBG Developers
The company issued a public statement while addressing all the PUBG Mobile Players:
“We appreciate the support and trust given to us by our PUBG MOBILE players,” the statement read. “While we strive to deliver the best possible gaming experience to our fans, we also believe that it is extremely important for us to be a responsible member of the gaming ecosystem. To this end, we constantly work and shall continue to work with different stakeholders, including parents, educators and government bodies, and listening to their feedback on what we can do to enhance the overall PUBG MOBILE experience.”
The developers say they’re working on a number of new features and tweaks to improve the game, in order to let players “enjoy PUBG MOBILE in a rewarding and responsible manner.” To that end, they claim they’ve invited feedback from parents, educators, and others.
NCPCR Urged The Indian Government To Ban PUBG Completely
Battling allegations of addiction and trying to overcome bans imposed on it, PUBG Mobile is inflicting a self-limit on maximum gameplay per day — 6 hours.
According to The Next Web report, PUBG Mobile is sending out health-related messages to players on their smartphones, telling them to take a break from gaming, and not allowing them to play more than 6 hours per day.