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16-year-old commits suicide after being told to stop playing PUBG

Published: 7/Apr/2019 12:01 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 12:29

by Daniel Cleary

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A 16 year old from the Hyderabad region in Southern India has reportedly committed suicide after being told to stop playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is massively popular in Asia, especially the mobile version of the game which has seen an estimated daily player count of about 30 million players.

This is not the first time that the popular battle royale game has been blamed for the cause of deaths in India, following on from a report where two men lost their lives on a train track in the Hingoli district.

PUBGPUBG Mobile has been massively successful in Asia.

The event apparently unfolded after the boy’s mother scolded him for playing PUBG rather than studying for an English exam, according to Indian news reports and the 16 year old’s father is now calling for the game to be banned.

India’s PUBG problem

The boy’s suicide has caused a national debate on whether the game should be banned, as it already has been in certain regions, such as the Gurajat state in India, where the movement began as police are already heavily enforcing the new law.

Although it is still unbanned in most regions of India many officials in other regions are beginning to push for the game’s ban such as the State of Goa’s minister of information technology labeling PUBG as a “demon in every house”.

BCCIThe Indian national cricket team playing PUBG Mobile while waiting for a flight.

The Indian government is not the only region with concerns for the battle royale giant however, as the Chinese government have also taken measures to limit the usage of PUBG at a young age.

China found an alternative method of preventing young players from playing too much by implementing an age restriction lock that was put in place with PUBG preventing children under the age of 13 from playing.

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Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal

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A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

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PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.