(Riya Saha, Intern Journalist )A 17-year-old boy in Punjab lost nearly a whopping sum of Rs 16 lakh from his parents’ bank accounts on the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, better known as PUBG. The money was spent on buying in-app items, including artillery, passes for tournaments, and virtual ammunition over a month’s duration. The huge amount was set aside as savings for the teenager’s father’s medical expenses.
Under the pretext of studying online, the Khagar based teenager was playing PUBG incessantly. The boy was aware that his father’s bank account was linked with the smartphone, which he used excessively over a month’s period to buy various PUBG Mobile items. The boy cleverly deleted the messages from the bank after every transaction, because of him the debits remained unknown to him. Only after reviewing the bank statements his parents were aware of this.
“After we received details from the bank, I found that on several occasions, he shuffled amount from one bank to another to avoid nil balance. He was using his mother’s phone for quite some time and she was not much vigilant to notice this,” the father said.
After the shocking incident, the father has made the boy work at a scooter repair shop to learn the value of his father’s hard-earned money.
The hit battle royale game has also been cited as one of the reasons teenagers have died by suicide over a long time. PUBG recently got banned by Pakistan.