Written byGarima Bora ·
Last August a picture had gone viral showing a newly-married couple happily playing PUBG.
Now, the bride, Salwa Ahamed told News 18 how the addictive online multiplayer game saved her marriage, which was about to be called off.
Here's what happened.
In August 2018, Salwa and Mohammed Rasheen got married and shared their picture on Facebook showing the two playing PUBG on their phones.
The caption read, "Finally married my PUBG squad mate."
Their picture went viral since then, with many assuming that they met over PUBG.
Salwa, however, clarified that they didn't meet over PUBG but it saved their marriage.
Salwa said she had known Rasheen for four years and the duo had been dating for the most part of it.
Unlike Salwa, Rasheen was a gaming addict.
Later, when Salwa was in the final year of college, Rasheen went to UAE for a job, and things got difficult.
Talking about the long-distance relationship, Salwa said, "Long distance turned out to be a problem for both of us. Time zones played the villain in our lives. Fights got to a point where we were about to call off the wedding."
That is when PUBG came as a savior.
When the UAE blocked all the Voice over IP (VoIP) calls including Skype and WhatsApp, PUBG became the duo's only platform to chat.
"All our ego, and who calls first after a fight just melted away. Instead, our conversations were overrun by who's going to win the game, or 'Should we team up?'" Salwa said.
The game also helped the duo forget the old fights.
Rasheen and Salwa usually play Duo, with Salwa as a cover because Rasheen is more well-versed with the game.
However, Salwa did win many medals for reviving Rasheen during her early games.
Rasheen explained how he liked the game's "physics, and balanced challenges and various strategies involved in winning a chicken dinner."
Now, Salwa and Rasheen have moved abroad and don't play PUBG much.
"It's the process of playing together, that we love, winning chicken dinner is just the added bonus," she said.
Salwa is an IT professional and Rasheen works as an architect in the UAE.
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