Furkhan Qureshi, a 16-year-old boy in Madhya Pradesh died of cardiac arrest after playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds known as PUBG for six hours straight.
The boy from India had been playing PUBG for over 6 hours when it caused an adrenaline surge that resulted in a cardiac arrest, he was immediately taken to the hospital. His sister that was with him in the room when he was playing the game mentioned that he was agitated and yelling at one of his teammates that caused him to lose the game, promising that he won’t be playing with him any longer, Furkhan then started complaining that he had had a headache which shortly after he collapsed on his bed.
The doctor that examined him has mentioned that the cause of death was cardiac arrest, which resulted due to sudden strong shock.
The father of the deceased had tried to stop his kid from playing PUBG for long hours, stating that it has a negative impact on him but Fukhran didn’t take his father’s words into consideration.
This situation adds another negative perceptive on online gaming, especially seeing as PUBG has been banned in multiple countries due to its negative effect on the mental health of teenagers.
PUBG had also been forced to do a different version of the game to meet the requirement of China, which prohibits blood or the showcase of death in a game.
This tragedy occurred only weeks after the World Health Organization had classified video game addiction as an official mental disorder, in the hopes that people will be more aware of its negative side effects and are able to prevent it.