Online gaming addiction: How much is too much?

Online Gaming, Video Games, Phone Games, Mobile Games, Addiction, De addiction centres, India, China
India’s gaming industry is still in a nascent stage and is expected to grow to USD 5 billion by 2022. Illustration - Prathap Ravishankar | Story graphics - Eunice Dhivya

On the morning of September 9, residents of Kakati village in Karnataka's Belagavi district woke up to murmurs about a cold-blooded murder of a 61-year-old retired policeman.

Early in the morning, a neighbour heard screams coming from the house of Shekarappa Kumbar and called the police. But by the time the cops reached, Shekarappa was dead -- his legs dismembered, head decapitated.

According to the police, it was his unemployed son, Raghuveer, who killed Shekarappa following a huge showdown over the 21-year-old's 'PUBG addiction' the previous night.

After his father chided him for spending too much time on mobile phone playing games, an angry Raghuveer went out and threw stones at a neighbour's house. The irked neighbour called the police, who in turn, summoned the father and son to the police station. There, Shekarappa told the cops that his son was addicted to mobile games such as PUBG (short for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds) and Final Combat. The cops counselled the young man and let him go.

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