PUBG 'addiction' blamed for bad exam results, prompting calls to ban it - Dexerto

PUBG ‘addiction’ blamed for bad exam results, prompting calls to ban it

Published: 16/Jan/2019 17:20 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 17:36

by Calum Patterson


A student association has called for PUBG Mobile to be banned, blaming it for poor exam results and comparing its addictive nature to hard drugs.

As one of the most popular mobile games around the world, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Android and iOS is especially popular in India, where it has become a major concern for the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association.

The student body said that “the game should have been banned immediately after the poor performance” of students in recent exams, but say they have seen “no action” taken.

They even go as far to say that the addiction to PUBG mobile is “more concerning” than drug addiction, calling it a “future spoiler.”

“We see youngsters on their mobile phones 24 hours a day, playing the game and doing nothing. We request the governor administration to immediately ban the game.”

It’s not the first time that PUBG mobile has been the target of scrutiny from educators either. In March 2018, a report from Kotaku found that lots of teachers are concerned about the use of phones to play these games during class – both PUBG and rival game Fortnite.

PUBG Mobile is incredibly popular in India.

However, Gadgets360 say that calls for PUBG mobile to banned entirely are “extreme”, pointing out that there are other possible causes, including unlimited access to smartphones generally.

They also point out that Android users can use Google Play’s in-built ‘wellness’ tools to limit how much screen time users spend on their phones, playing games or other activities.


Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal


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.

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.