A gaming-mad wife has launched divorce proceedings against her hubby because he will not let her play video games online.
The unnamed “Arab woman” in her 20s from the emirate of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sought help after her husband allegedly turned violent over her gaming habit, according to police spokesman Captain Wafa Khalil Al Hosani, director of the Ajman Police Social Centre.
Reports said that the wife particularly enjoys playing the online multiplayer game ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)’, a popular multiplayer battle royale game played online that sees players pitted against each other.
Al Hosani said: “The woman justified her demand for divorce by saying that she was being deprived of her right to choose her means of entertainment as she derived pleasure and comfort from the game.
“It was well within limits, she said, adding that she had not activated the chat option where she would be exposed to strangers and was playing the game only with her friends and relatives.”
The woman explained that her husband feared she was becoming addicted to the game and was neglecting her duties at home.
However, when questioned, the man told police that his only concern was keeping the family together and added that he never expected that his wife would ask for a divorce over the matter.
Al Hosani said that the police have received many complaints of children being addicted to the game.
In one case, the concerned mum of a 13-year-old boy visited the social centre claiming that he was also addicted to PUBG.
Al Hosani added: “He was not doing his school work nor eating his food properly. When the family tried to block access to the game, he isolated himself and had to be moved to hospital for treatment.”
Meanwhile, a Federal National Council member has called on UAE to ban the popular online game, which has already been outlawed in Iraq and the Indian state of Gujarat over its violent content, and a debate will take place next week to decide whether the Arabian Peninsula nation should take the same action.
‘PUBG’, which has been around since 2013 in beta format, was officially released in 2017 and is said to have a dedicated fanbase who receive regular updates.