Teen dies after playing Diablo III for 40 hours

An 18 year old from Taiwan apparently collapsed and died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight, without even stopping to eat. The teen, who is only being identified as Chaung, rented a private room in an internet café in Tainan, and proceeded to spend the next two days slicing up baddies.

After two days, an attendant came into Chaung’s room and found him sleeping on the table, and although he was able to wake him up, Chaung collapsed on the floor and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Apparently he suffered a blood clot from sitting for too long, but at this point that’s only speculation.

Blizzard, in a really classy move (we'd like to take the time to say that we echo their words), released the following statement regarding Chaung’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.

On a related note (as if we needed to report more grim news), the Huffington Post points out that another Taiwanese man died back in February after a 23 hour League of Legends session.

Via: Huffington Post
Source: The Austrailian

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most ive played a game for is bout 20 hours but i eat, take a break drink water or alcohol haha i couldnt sit there for 40 hours its insane. Maybe if it was hot cus gaming computers can heat the room up quite a bit and taiwan aint exactly cold, id say dehydration would of been a factor also being infront of the screen tires you out to cus your body may not be active but your brain is so prolly a combination of all that. These type of kids are insane like the wow gold miners that sit up for xtreme amounts of time, its just what the ppl in those countries are like

Idk... sounds to me like drugs would HAVE to be involved for someone to just neglect themselves over a video game for that long.

I don't think I can go more than 2 hours without taking a break. And I have to sleep daily. But teenagers are also wired differently.

Sitting for 40 hours straight playing the game without drinking or eating as well? I can maybe play around 5 hours straight sitting then I will probably take the dog a walk, get food, talk to people in house etc. I can stay up for maybe 20 hours probably 15 hours of it playing, this was back in the day of COD4 4. That's with 5-8 other people in the party talking that I know doing this at weekends and less during the week as half our year at School raced towards prestige 10.

If I'm going to do suicide via gaming I would at least choose a decent game. I don't think there is any game I could play that much right now, maybe the new medal of Honour because I like BF3 but I can only play that for a few hours.

ahhell said,
He didn't die from playing Diablo 3 for 40 hours. He died from a terminal case of stupidity.

I agree title should be "Teen dies from Stupidity"
I've done 48 hour+ Gaming sessions but if you don't have the braincells to realise you need to walk around and take breaks/eat/go to the toilet then you deserve to get whats coming to you.

40 hours? This guy is softcore. That's nothing, literally - there have been people who remained awake for weeks and months. You can live with no food/water for 40 hours. Wtf is this guys problem?

NyaR said,
40 hours? This guy is softcore. That's nothing, literally - there have been people who remained awake for weeks and months. You can live with no food/water for 40 hours. Wtf is this guys problem?
I'm sure most people don't sit for 40 straight hours. Although some people can handle it, he probably wasn't fit enough to survive.

Why does this always happen in Taiwan? Also can anyone say "previous medical condition" or other factors? Healthy people don't just die from sitting around for a couple of days.

TRC said,
Why does this always happen in Taiwan? Also can anyone say "previous medical condition" or other factors? Healthy people don't just die from sitting around for a couple of days.

Seems like Korea is where you read about stuff like this more. But it's crazy to happen no matter where.

TRC said,
Why does this always happen in Taiwan? Also can anyone say "previous medical condition" or other factors? Healthy people don't just die from sitting around for a couple of days.

Actually they do. It's called pulmonary embolism brought on by deep vein thrombosis and it's more common than you might think, especially on long-haul flights where there is little to no activity for several hours at a time.

To be honest, I don't get how he could sit 40h in front of that game...I think that game is a huge let down in many way and a huge failure that actually is success only because of his legacy not because it's got actually that much better.

How do people sit for more than 3 hours at a time. I'm in agony after sitting for this long.

In any case, I see a lot of Twitch.tv gamers doing stuff like 48-hour marathons - though they normally take breaks.

ir0nw0lf said,
Waiting for the Diablo III haters to /insert random comment about Blizzards' games being so bad they kill people.

No hate needed. It's them awesome drop rates!