A 32-year-old man in Taiwan has died after a three-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe in the island’s south at the weekend. The man, identified by his family name Hsieh, was found slumped motionless in his chair in the cafe in Kaohsiung city.
Initially, others in the cafe thought he was sleeping, but when an employee made further contacts with him, he realized that he was not breathing and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Doctors confirmed that he had suffered cardiac failure, and ruled it a “sudden death” from prolonged computer gaming, Taipei Times reported.
“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,” the employee was quoted as saying. It was not clear what Hsieh was playing at the time of his death, with the report describing it only as “combat computer games”.
The case came after a 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City on January 1 following five straight days of video game binging.
Police said in both cases other patrons appeared nonchalant about the deaths, continuing playing even when tables were cordoned off for investigators to gather evidence.