PUBG Tragedy: 16-Year-Old Boy Dies After Playing 6 Hour
The craze behind the popular mobile-based royal battle title, PUBG Mobile may have fallen by a fraction over the past few months, but the game still has millions of Indians hooked.
PUBG is an internet multi-player combat game created and released by PUBG Corporation, a division of South Korean video game company Bluehole. Since its launch in early 2017, the game has been uploaded more than 360 million times worldwide.
Recently in Gujarat, the extremely famous PUBG game was outlawed due to worries about its effect on the “behavior, conduct and language of those who play it.
The game was also forbidden in Nepal and Iraq after the participants who played it for long periods reported the negative health effect.
After playing PUBG Mobile for six hours in a stretch, a 16-year-old teen died of cardiac arrest.
The deceased was a 12 standard student from the town of Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh, identified as Furkhan Qureshi.
Furkhan started playing the game on May 26, shortly after lunch, according to the family. Furkhan’s family says that at about 7 pm that evening he collapsed on the floor. And agitating and shouting at other players as he did.
According to the report, when the incident took place, Furkan sister Fiza Qureshi sat beside him. “My brother was playing PUBG with some of his friends. Suddenly he started shouting’ do the blast… do the blast.’ Then he threw his earphones and mobile and cried saying,” Ayan I’m not going to play with you. Because of you, I lost the game.
Qureshi was taken to a hospital soon after the incident where he was declared dead.
“The boy was taken to the hospital without a heartbeat. We attempted to raise him, but failed in our effort,” Ashok Jain, a cardiologist who examined Furkhan, told reporters
Jain said his heart seemed to be safe as Furkan’s parents informed us he was a swimmer. “The matches enthusiasm might have triggered a rise in adrenaline causing cardiac arrest. I appeal to kids to remain away from such games as anxiety might trigger cardiac arrest,” he said.
Mohammad Hashim, brother of Furkhan, also said he was addicted to PUBG and played the game for nearly 18 hours a day. “I used to play the same game as well, but I removed it from my mobile after my brother’s death,” he said.
Police have registered a case and further inquiry is ongoing on what triggered the death of the 16-year-old.
The World Health Organization has stated in the latest study that gaming disease is indeed an issue and that dependency can trigger conditions of mental health.
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