16-year-old boy dies after playing PUBG for six hours at a stretch
GUWAHATI: A 16-year-old boy from Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, died of cardiac arrest after playing PUBG on his phone for six hours continuously on May 28.
According to a report by The Times of India, the boy, Furkan Quereshi, lost a ‘battle’ in the game, became agitated and started shouting before collapsing on the floor. Following the incident, he was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
His brother said that Furkan was addicted to the game and would sometimes play it for 18 hours a day.
Furkan was a class XII student and son of Harun Rashid Quereshi.
It should be noted that recently, during late May, the World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its official diagnostic manual and included “gaming disorder” as an addiction disorder. “Gaming disorder” has been defined as someone who “loses control around gaming, prioritizes gaming over other interests and daily activities, and continues gaming despite negative effects on work, schooling, family life or social relationships,” according to WHO.