PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, commonly known as PUBG, is an online multiplayer battle royale game which is a hit amongst teenagers and no doubt it has made the whole world go crazy since its launch. More than its craze, the game has been in news for its negative effects on people who are addicted to it.
However, there seems to be something positive to report as well. A young shooter of India has made his way to the Olympics because of his PUBG addiction.
Yes, you read it right. We are talking about Divynash Panwar, a 16-year-old shooter from Jaipur who was addicted to PUBG, like many other teenagers.
Worried over his fixation with the game, Divyansh’s father Ashok Panwar got him admitted to the Karni Singh Shooting Range in Delhi to train in shooting in 2017 under coach Deepak Kumar Dubey. A couple of years later, Divyansh has not only terminated his father’s worries but also made India proud.
At the Beijing Rifle and Pistol World Cup on Friday, the young shooter did not need PUBG’s virtual arsenal, his standard Walther was good enough to fetch him the silver medal behind Chinese Hui Zicheng and more crucially, get India a spot in the 10m air rifle for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The teenage rifleman shot a 629.2 in qualification and had a 10.9 on the third-last shot of the final where he finished with 249. His father, Ashok, in an interview with Indian Express, said, “We used to scold him for playing online games and ironically, we saw his final in Beijing online. Like most teenagers, he wasted time playing PUBG rather than focussing on his training or studies and I would often scold him. But I tell you, after winning the medal today, he would have played a round of PUBG.”
While his father is proud of him, Divyansh is ecstatic about his win.
His total score in the final, 249.0, was higher than the gold medal score at the 2018 World Championships in Changwon, and the 629.2 that he notched in the qualifiers which is his highest score in international competition, would have ranked him fifth in the qualification round.
“Like any youngster, I used to really enjoy playing PUBG, now I love shooting and that’s what I do again and again,” he told Indian Express. “To win a medal for India has always been my dream and I am happy to have done that today also. Being the youngest in the final round did not mean extra pressure on me,” he went on to add.
Admitting that it was tough competing with experienced players, Divyash said the experience would help him in his career ahead.