PUBG has emerged as one of the most popular games in India but some young gamers have taken their obsession too far.
Ever since the multiplayer game released on smartphones, PUBG (PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) has become a rage in the gaming community. There's a cafe themed around the viral game in Jaipur. Even the members of the Indian cricket team are hooked on to it.
On Tuesday, Google released its annual list of Android’s best applications and games of 2018 and PUBG Mobile took home the award in the 'Best game', 'Most Competitive Title' and 'Fan Favorite' categories. With PUBG Mobile reaching 100 million downloads in September, it comes as no surprise that kids and adults are hooked onto the game for hours.
Such is the craze around the game that some schools in Bengaluru have begun to warn parents about the ill-effects of playing the game for hours at a stretch after cases of addiction were reported to the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Deccan Herald reports.
According to the report, the Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Private Schools Karnataka (KAMS) will also issue advisory to parents to keep a tab on the hours spent by their kids on the multiplayer game.
“We will ask our member schools to write to parents about this. We have, in the past, had discussions with the education department on imposing restricts on the number of hours a child spends playing such games," KAMS was quoted by Deccan Herald.
The news comes only days after reports of kids addicted to another massively popular game, Fornite, came to light, and who are opting for videogame-rehab to stay off the game.
PUBG is developed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and is available in the free-to-play variant. The game was released back in March 2018.