Popular smartphone battle royale game, PUBG Mobile was recently banned by the Indian government. The game has since been removed from both the Play Store and the App Store. Now, in a sad turn of events, a 21 year old has reportedly committed suicide after not being able to play the game.
Reports coming out of West Bengal, where the victim hails from, say that the ITI student was found hanging in his apartment in Purba Lalpur. India TV reports that the victim went into his room after having breakfast on Friday morning. However, when his mother tried to call him for lunch later that day, there was no answer and his room was locked from inside. “After repeated bangings when he did not open the door, I called the neighbors. They broke into the room and found him hanging from the ceiling fan.”
While the police have filed a case of unnatural death, his mother claims that he was frustrated due to his inability to play the game any more. “He would play it at night. I think he died by suicide as he was not being able to play PUBG,” she said.
This is not the first case of PUBG Mobile related deaths. There have been many cases of PUBG players committing suicide or harming members of their families, along with multiple cases of players spending an inordinate amount of money buying cosmetic upgrades within the game.
For the unaware, PUBG Mobile, along with 117 other apps, was recently banned by the Indian government on the grounds that it was “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order: Govt of India.” Following the ban, Indian developer nCore games has announced a new game ‘FAU-G’ which is expected to be released late next month. Meanwhile, as of this writing, PUBG Mobile remains playable for people who have the game installed on their phones.
This is really going too far. I mean, who in their right state of mind would commit suicide just because he’s unable to play a mobile game.
This is such a low act! Throwing away your precious life like that, just because you can’t play a silly game is stupid! PUBG truely did ruin our nation’s young population.
Not in India, in the world a person who wants to end his life(suicide) doesn’t come to that decision by only one fact[pubg ban] there could be other reasons also, try to find those decisions and don’t completely claim that he committed suicide for pubg ban????,