The 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 also the App Store. Now, in a sad turn of events, a 21-year-old is reported to have committed suicide after failing to play the game.
News from West Bengal, where the victim hails from, state the ITI student was seen hanging in his flat in Purba Lalpur. India TV reports that the victim entered his room after having breakfast on Friday morning. Yet, while his mom tried to call him for lunch later that day, there was no response also his room was locked from inside. “After repeated knocks when he didn’t unlock the door, I called the neighbors. They burst into the room and saw him hanging from the ceiling fan. “
While the police have filed an unnatural death case, his mother claims that he was frustrated due to his inability to continue playing. “He would play it at night. I think he killed himself because he couldn’t play PUBG, “She said.
This is not the first case of PUBG related deaths. There have been many instances of PUBG players committing suicide or harming members of their families, along with several instances of players spending an excessive amount of money purchasing in-game cosmetic upgrades.
For those unaware, PUBG Mobile, along with 117 other apps, was recently banned by the Indian government because it was “detrimental to the sovereignty and integrity of India, Defense of India, State Security, and Public Order: Government 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. While, as of this writing, PUBG Mobile remains playable for people who have the game installed on their phones.