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Taiwanese gamer dies after 40 hours of Diablo III

The Lord of Terror has claimed another victim, after an 18-year old Taiwanese man collapsed and died following a 40 hour Diablo III marathon.

The man - identified only as Chuang - arrived at an online cafe at lunchtime on Friday, booked a private room, and settled in for some seriously long-term gaming. He was left alone for nearly two days, and reportedly did not stop to eat or sleep during that time. On Sunday morning, a cafe employee entered the room to check on Chuang and found him resting on a table. The gamer woke up, took a few steps and then collapsed, according to local media reports. He was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Concept art from Diablo III

Concept art from Diablo III

In an unusual move, Diablo III publisher Blizzard broke its traditional silence on these matters, making a public statement on Chuang's death.

We're saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don't feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.

While we recognize that it's ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person's day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment.

Cause of death is yet to be determined, with an autopsy currently being carried out. Authorities surmise that after spending so many hours in a seated position, Chuang suffered cardiovascular problems, or potentially a fatal blood clot.

This is the second Taiwanese death linked to video games in the past year - in February, a man was found dead in his chair at an internet cafe, reaching for his keyboard after a 23-hour League of Legends session ended with a heart attack.

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4 Responses to “Taiwanese gamer dies after 40 hours of Diablo III”

  1. [...] Diablo III can aldı var reklamstore_region_id = 206849; Oyun oynamak güzel bir şey ancak oyun oynarken dünyadan bağlarınızı koparmamanız da şart, her şeyi tadında bırakmak gerek. Maalesef Tayvan’da 18 yaşında bir genç kendini Diablo III’e çok fazla kaptırmış ve 40 saat aralıksız bir Diablo III maratonundan sonra yaşamını yitirmiş. [...]

  2. [...] Oyun oynamak güzel bir şey ancak oyun oynarken dünyadan bağlarınızı koparmamanız da şart, her şeyi tadında bırakmak gerek. Maalesef Tayvan’da 18 yaşında bir genç kendini Diablo III’e çok fazla kaptırmış ve 40 saat aralıksız bir Diablo III maratonundan sonra yaşamını yitirmiş. [...]

  3. John says:

    1st why play 40 hours without any break?
    2nd as a fan of D2 I am bored of D3 after 2 hours of playing…
    Gaming maratons are just stupid. Body needs rest and sleep. Even 2 years old child knows that.
    Anyway poor guy.

  4. [...] can move to your heart, lungs or brain, and kill you (this is suspected in the recent case of the Taiwanese gamer who died after a 40 hour binge on Diablo [...]

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