PUBG player reportedly lost Rs 16 lakh from bank accounts of parents in Punjab, forced to work at a scooter repair store.
A teenage boy in Punjab lost almost Rs 16 lakh on the famous battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, best known as PUBG, from bank accounts of his parents. The staggering sum of money was spent over a month buying in-app items including artillery, tournament passes and virtual ammunition. The parents say the enormous sum has been set aside as savings for the medical expenses of the teenager 's father.
The 17-year-old boy from Khagar told his parents he 'd be using the mobile phone to study online. Instead he was excessively playing PUBG Mobile on his father's smartphone, according to a The Tribune report. Bank account details and card details are mainly saved on the smartphone for later use by parents when making online transactions. The boy knew that his father's bank account is connected to the smartphone, which he used to buy different PUBG Mobile products excessively over a month span.
He would make transactions on PUBG Mobile, and delete the messages from the bank, according to the boy's father, because of which the debits remained unknown to them. Families only became aware of the transactions after checking bank statements. Teenager's father told The Tribune that he had an ailment and that his care saved the huge amount of money. The teenager also drained his mother's provident fund and his own savings, over and above the money his father saved for health bills.
In addition to making transfers from three separate accounts belonging to his father , mother, and him, the boy would also shuffle money between the three accounts to keep parents from suspecting any adjustments to the account balance. "Upon getting information from the bank, I noticed that he transferred sums from one bank to another on multiple occasions to escape null balance. He used his mother's phone for quite a while and she wasn't quite careful to note that," the father told the newspaper.
The father has made the boy work at a scooter repair shop since the shocking incident. "I can't just let him sit idle at home and can't even send him a cell phone to research. He 's working in a scooter repair shop and he knows how hard it's to raise money. I'm helpless now that my son's life has been saved."
According to Sensor Tower, PUBG Mobile outshone other games to have raked in the highest revenue during the months of May and June. Much of the key source of this revenue is the transactions made on the Unknown Cash (UC) app which is used to buy items such as weapons, fresh ammunition, and passes to tournaments.
The hit battle royale game has also been cited as one of the reasons teenagers have died by suicide over a long time. Due to its ill effects on children's physical and psychological health, PUBG recently got banned by Pakistan.