A man was allegedly attacked with a knife by his sister's fiance after the latter drained out his mobile phone battery playing an online game and could not get a charger, Thane police said Saturday. The incident happened on February 7 but a case of attempt to murder was registered by Kolshewadi police in Maharashtra's Thane district, an official said. "Rajnish Rajbar drained out his phone battery playing Player Unknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). When he could not get a charger, he picked up a quarrel in the house and attacked his would-be wife's brother Om Bavdhankar with a knife," the official said. He said the accused has not been arrested as yet and probe into the incident was underway.
This is not the first time such an incident has taken place due to the addiction of the mobile game. In a recent case, a man leaves his pregnant wife and the child for the game.
The game is quite popular among the youth and its popularity can be measured with the growing number of gamers added per day. Recently, the makers of the game Tencent Games announced a tournament titled, PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 which is already underway.
Recently, the game also faced ban in some states and educational institutions, for example, it was banned in Jammu and Kashmir. As per a report published by news website pristinekashmir, the Jammu and and Kashmir Students Association has requested the government to ban the PUBG game immediately owing to poor 10th and 12th class results.
The website has also reported that the chairman of the student body has termed the online multiplayer game as “future spoiler” and has appealed to the Governor for a PUBG ban as soon as possible, thus addressing the concerns of the parents as soon as possible.
Additionally, a college in Chennai had even issued a circular regarding the game and claimed that it is “spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel’’ and has become an addiction for the students.