PUBG Mobile Player Spends Grandfather’s Pension on Microtransactions
Okay, maybe there is something to be said about banning PUBG Mobile in India. From murders being committed, people dying because they have no self-control and now this? A 15-year-old boy spent Rs. 2 Lakh from their grandfather’s pension on in-game microtransactions for PUBG Mobile! He set up a PayTM account with his grandfather’s money to buy in-game items.
Seriously. What is wrong with people these days?! As a point of fact, Rs. 2 Lakh in USD comes out to $2,680! That is a lot of money that didn’t belong to him.
What’s the Story?
A 16-year-old in Mohali reportedly spent Rs. 2 lakh in PUBG Mobile, and it’s not even the first case of this in India! The addiction to PUBG Mobile is really serious if this kind of thing is happening. What’s worse? The teenager in question only started playing PUBG Mobile in January and has already cheated a loved one to pay for microtransactions.
According to the boy’s uncle, a senior at his school showed him how to set up discreet payments via his grandfather’s bank account. The Mohali (a small city in Punjab, India) made 30 payments across two months, which comes out to Rs. 55,000. Using his grandfather’s documents, he “confirmed” his identity, so he could make the in-game microtransactions in PUBG Mobile.
His family only found out via a routine bank check to see how the family members’ funds were doing. There, they learned his bank account was opened for pension deposits. The 15-year-old’s family has filed a complaint against the senior that showed him how to do this. Reportedly, an email was sent to Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal alleging that the teenager was lured by the senior to indulge in this behavior.
The boy even bought a special SIM card to play the game. According to the boy’s uncle, “Earlier, when we used to find some cash missing from our wallets, we did not pay much heed to the boy,” they said to Gadgets.NDTV.com.
Not the Only Case
Remember where we said this isn’t the first case? This article also highlights a 17-year-old boy who reportedly spent Rs. 16 lakh on PUBG Mobile microtransactions. He used his own parent’s bank account to do it, spending money that was supposed to be for medical emergencies. That is over $20,000 in microtransactions and battle pass stuff in PUBG Mobile. It’s absolutely sickening.
It does sound like the game has a serious addiction problem in India. If the government does wind up banning it there, it could seriously hurt PUBG Mobile’s finances. Not cripple it certainly, but it would deal them a blow.
These Stories Get Worse
If the above story isn’t enough to make your skin crawl, how about this? We recently learned that a 10th-year student spent 6 lakh 32 thousand rupees from their father’s bank account, and it’s not classified as cheating or fraud. How much money is that? It’s well over $8,000 on in-game items in PUBG Mobile.
The boy’s father is a loco pilot on the railway in Hazaribagh, while the student in question goes to a very prestigious school. A friend of the student informed the boy’s father that all of his hard-earned money had been spent in PUBG Mobile. This matter came up in an investigation, and the boy was interrogated thoroughly.
Somehow, this student spent nearly $8,000 in three months! This was spent on weapons, cosmetics, and diamonds in-game. He also bought items for his friends in-game by recharging on their accounts, giving away about a quarter lakh rupees. In addition (as if it couldn’t get worse), he gave away 20,000 rupees in cash!
At least 30 pages and four passbooks were filled with the boy’s transactions. He was making legal recharges in PUBG, so it doesn’t fall under the purview of cheating, and so nothing could be done about this. Sure, the kid wasted tons of money and practically bankrupted his father, but it’s not fraud.
That’s the troubling thing here. His father could punish him, but under the word of law, he’s done nothing wrong. Even though what he did was reprehensible, and stole his father’s money, using it in PUBG Mobile. This shows me perhaps, more than ever, that there is a very serious problem with gaming and addiction in the nation of India. Something has to be done. Perhaps banning PUBG Mobile there is the answer. It was recently banned in Pakistan, with the concern of the well-being and health of their youth in mind.
Perhaps it’s time to look at some answers for India, too. If banning the game isn’t the answer, then some very serious regulation has to be put into how microtransactions are confirmed on accounts held in this country. This is the third or fourth time we’ve seen news of a child in India spending most of their families money on something so insignificant.
This is dangerous, and not in any way healthy or condoned. The worst part is that it’s not even considered fraud somehow. Perhaps he had his father’s permission to make some in-game transactions, as a reward or something. But to spend his father’s money so thoughtlessly is repulsive.
What do you think the solution is?