PUBG controversial in Egypt after gamer's murder of teacher



Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 07:00 GMT


Thu, 29 Nov 2018 - 07:00 GMT



CAIRO - 29 November 2018: A high school student stabbed his teacher to death Friday in Alexandria after he impersonated his PUBG character on his birthday, according to his confessions to investigators, stirring up serious controversy about gaming.

Seif el-Din, 16, killed his 59-year old teacher in her home after she turned around to bring him a glass of water he asked for. He went to her home every week for private tuition in chemistry.

Member of Parliament Ahmed Badawy, head of the Communications and IT Committee, claimed the game is part of the fourth-generation warfare against the Arab region.

He added that PUBG leaves an adverse impact on children and teenagers because it incites violence, urging the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to remove the application from Google Play.

MP Ahmed Refat, said PUBG is reminiscent of the game Blue Whale, which is believed to have led to a number of deaths among young people in Egypt.

Egyptian media outlets even claimed that the Islamic State (IS) group uses the game to recruit members and talks to the players, as both the game and the group share the same “values and tactics.”

A video surfaced of the game, where IS’s extremely violent song “Clashing of Swords” is heard in the plane that carries 100 players at the beginning of a PUBG session. The players are expected to kill each other until only one survives.

The Interior Ministry posted a video of Seif el-Din standing silently, reporting the crime and urging families to follow their children’s activities online because some content “incites terrorism, crimes and suicide.”

The student left his school bag, school supplies, a large knife in a plastic bag, shoes, a jacket and a note with sentences inciting violence.

He also told the police he has been watching anime films for years, and one of them shows crimes that only occur on “special occasions.” His flash memory contained many episodes of anime, according to the police.

Al-Azhar International Center for Electronic Fatwa released a Wednesday statement, providing a list of advice to avoid playing such games or their implications. The advice includes playing sports, encouraging children, reminding them of the importance of time, and other tips.



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