A 32 year old man in Taiwan reportedly died suddenly due to prolonged computer gaming. Doctors confirmed that the deceased, identified as Hsieh, suffered cardiac failure, after a 3-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe in Kaohsiung city. It was unclear what Hsieh was playing at the time of his death, with the report describing it only as 'combat computer games'.
The man was found slumped motionless in his chair in the cafe. The Taipei Times reported that other initially thought he was sleeping, but when an employee realized he was not breathing he was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The employee said, "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."
This case came after a 38 year old man was found dead at an Internet cafe in New Taipei City on January 1 following 5 days straight 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."