Taiwanese Man Dies After 40-hour Diablo III Marathon

The 18-year-old Taiwanese man named Chuang was found dead at an internet cafe. He had apparently been playing Diablo III for 40 hours without any food or sleep and had collapsed after the ordeal.

Chuang had checked himself into a private room in the café on the 13. An employee of the café found the man resting. When found him, Chuang managed to take a few steps before collapsing. He was pronounced dead soon after.

Blizzard released the following statement in regards to the man'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."

The police believe that "that long hours in a sedentary position created cardiovascular problems for Chuang", although an autopsy is being performed to determine the actual cause of death.

Catherine Cai is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Tom's Guide, Tom's Hardware, VG 24/7, RipTen, and The Game Fanatics. She has also worked as a lead producer for video game projects, a manager and lighting director for the stage, and a software engineer. Currently, she works as a Production Engineering Manager for Shopify.

  • kimyeang88
    wow.......... play game without food? don't feel hungry at all?......... He is not human lol
  • xerroz
    Diablo 3 is so bad it kills people
  • boyabunda
    How can he play that boring game that long? lol
  • s3anister
    I wasn't at all surprised by this news, just saddened.

    Diablo 3 is not fun enough to play for 40 hours straight; this man died a meaningless death.
  • tomfreak
    so this is the real hardcore mode? :o
  • kinggraves
    Only 40 hours?

  • freggo
    I don't think there is ANYTHING on earth I want to do for 40h straight.

    Yeah, I know what you are thinking... and that is included :-)
  • Why is always some Asian guy that dies from playing a computer game?
  • sp0nger
    maybe he was trying to make money off that blizzard trading system
  • Pailin
    pussy, CS:S players go 3-5 days straight without a break before dieing xD

    Seriously though, is a really sad situation

    My condolences go out to the guy's family

    And guys that want to play HardCore - your body is Your fined tuned weapon in the Battles ahead

    Look at Pro Gamers like Fatal1ty - they does lots physical training and eat healthy diets to make sure they get Every advantage possible in their game!

    Play Right to Win ;)