It has been confirmed that a 32-year old man has died after playing 72 hours of non-stop games at an internet cafe Taiwan without taking a single break during his long gaming session.
The man known as Hsieh was found motionless in he chair according to a report by the Taipei Times. The incident happened last week, but the press only caught wind of the story on Friday. Many gamers who were around Hsieh in the internet cafe thought he was just sleeping after his massive gaming binge, but one of the employees of the internet cafe noticed that he was not breathing. Once Hsieh was taken to the hospital he was pronounced dead.
An employee at the cafe told reporters, “Hsieh was a regular customer here and always played for consecutive days. When tired, he would sleep face-down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair. That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning”. Hunei Police Precinct Chief Wend Chung-neng said: “We advise people to get up and move around after every two hours of computer gaming. More patrols will be conducted to remind residents about the dangers of prolonged sitting and game-playing”.
Medics said that Hsieh dies from cardiac failure. The is not the first time that a gamer has died in an internet cafe during a long gaming session and not the first in Taiwan either. On New Years Day a man died in an internet cafe in New Taipei City after a 5-day gaming binge.