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Punjab teenager spends Rs 16 lakh on PUBG in-app purchases, father teaches him a lesson

He is made to work at a scooter repair shop to ‘learn how hard it is to earn money’

Srinagar: In a bizarre turn of events, a 17-year-old boy from Punjab spent an amount of rupees 16 lakh on popular battle royale game PUBG making in-app purchases.

According to a report by a Chandigarh based news paper The Tribune, the Khrar based teenager has spent the money from his parents’ account to buy artillery, passes for tournaments and virtual ammunition, to master the game in a month.

The boy had used all the money that his parents had set aside as savings for medical expenses of his father.

The parents were unaware of the situation as the boy told his parents that he was using the smartphone for studying online during the lockdown, the report added.

According to the parents, online transactions for the boy had become easier as the bank details and card details were saved on the smartphone that he was using. Most of the in-game transactions were made in a month’s period.

In order to hide it from the family, the boy according to the reports, used to delete all the transaction messages from the bank. He also used to shuffle money between two accounts to avoid zeroing down the balance.

Besides his father’s money, the boy ended up emptying his mother’s provident fund and his own bank account as well.

“After we received details from the bank, I found that on several occasions, he shuffled amount from one bank to another to avoid nil balance. He was using his mother’s phone for quite some time and she was not much vigilant to notice this,” the father of the boy told The Tribune.

However, the furious father in order to teach a lesson to his son, made him to work at a scooter repair shop. “I just can’t let him sit idle at home and cannot give him a mobile phone even for studying. He is working at a scooter repair shop so that he realises how hard it is to earn money. I am hopeless now as the money was saved for my son’s future,” the newspaper quoted his father as having said.

PUBG’s main source of revenue is in-app purchases where users pay for Unknown Cash (UC) to buy a wide variety of items. The battle royale game has faced flak for its addictive nature, mainly in teenagers.

 

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