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An 18 year old teenager died at an Internet cafe in Taiwan after reportedly playing the videogame “Diablo 3” for 40 hours straight.

Background

The 18-year-old, who was only identified by his first name, Chuang, had booked a private room at the Tainan cafe in southern Taiwan. Chuang then proceeded to play the videogame for 40 hours straight without eating.

An attendant went into the room where Chuang had been playing and found the teen resting on the table. The attendant was able to wake Chuang, who stood up, took a few steps and then collapsed onto the ground. He was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.

It seemed the teenager had suffered a blood clot due to sitting for such a long period of time.

Aftermath

Blizzard, the developer of “Diablo 3,” released the following statement, obtained by the Mirror and other news outlets, regarding the teen’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 recognise 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 ".

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