An 18 year old man from Taiwan has died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours without taking a single break, not even for food.

The man, known only by his surname of Chuang, booked himself a private room in an Internet cafe at lunchtime on Friday and spent nearly two days in there without stopping to eat or sleep. He was left alone the entire time until an employee came in to check on him Sunday morning and found him resting with his head on the table. Chuang woke up, took a few steps, and then collapsed, he was taken to hospital, but died shortly after arriving.

Blizzard released the following statement:

“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 recognize 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.”

The cause of death is still to be determined, but authorities suspect that a fatal blood clot was to blame as a result of Chuang sitting for such a long period of time.


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