Chinese Man Dies After 40-Hour Long Online Gaming Session

January 17, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

I guess hearing the cause of death as “excess gaming” might become the norm within a few years. Already we are hearing cases of fatality after a person has spend long hours in front of the screen.

Last year in July, a teenager in Taiwan died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight at an internet cafe. He was so engrossed in playing that he didn’t eat, and was found slumped over his desk.

He managed to get up, walk a few steps after which he collapsed and died. A similar incident has happened again, this time in China. A 21-year old man from Guangxi, China, died last month after playing continuously for hours on end. This happened during the Christmas season, and it took place again in an Internet cafe.


The man, named Xiao Jun, played an unnamed MMO for 40 hours straight. He did take short breaks to eat and visit the loo,but unfortunately that wasn’t enough.

He arrived at the cafe at 2am on Christmas day after his shift at a Karaoke bar. He didn’t get enough rest, and the stress of work and keeping awake took its toll on his body.

The intriguing thing to note is that such kinds of deaths occur mostly in cafes, with people going over long periods of gaming sessions (more than a day) without any kind of nourishment. Well, the question here is, shouldn’t cafes be a little more responsible and check on their customers?

A set of rules would help monitor the situation. Vietnam, in 2011, imposed a law whereby all online games are banned between 10pm and 8am everyday. China allows parents to monitor their child’s gaming habits, although that rule isn’t effective with adults.

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