In a bizarre incident, a 17-year old teenage boy from Punjab spent a whopping Rs 16 lakh on popular battle royale game PUBG making in-app purchases.
The 17-year-old spent money from his parents’ account to buy in-game cosmetic items, artillery, passes for tournaments, and virtual ammunition while playing Pubg. According to the parents, the money was set aside as savings for the Kharar-based boy’s father’s medical expenses.
It is said that the father of the minor is a government employee and has a medical history. The father, who did not wish to be named, told that 17-year-old lived with his mother, while he was posted elsewhere. He used his mother’s mobile phone to make all transactions and would delete the message regarding amount debited from the account.
The boy’s parents revealed that they learned about the transactions upon receiving bank details. The boy would delete messages of transactions from their smartphones. He often shuffled money between two accounts to avoid zeroing down the balance.
Parents came to know about the transactions only after they reviewed the bank statements. Teenager’s father told he has an ailment and that the huge sum of money was saved for his treatment. Over and above the money his father saved for medical expenses, the teenager also emptied his mother’s provident fund and his own account.
The boy not only did make transactions from three different accounts, belonging to his father, mother, and him. He would also shuffle money between the three accounts to avoid parents from suspecting any changes in the account balance. After the parents received details from the bank, they found that on several occasions, he shuffled amount from one bank. This was done 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.
After the startling incident, the father has made the boy 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 father told to a daily premiere publication.
Meanwhile, a report by Sensor Tower has highlighted that PUBG Mobile from Tencent saw over $226 million (roughly Rs. 1,668 crores) user spending in May. Pubg has seen a massive global revenue gain in the first half of this year, bringing its lifetime collections to $3 billion (roughly Rs. 22,457 crores).