Emergency services were called to the cafe, based in Kaohsiung, after an employee discovered a customer was slumped over his desk motionless, reports FOX News.
The man who died from gaming, known only by his surname Hsieh, was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead from cardiac failure. Police believe that Hsieh likely died several hours before discovery, due to how stiff his corpse had become.
Gamers sitting in the cafe continued as if nothing happened when paramedics arrived, according to police spokesperson Jennifer Wu.
“The CCTV footage from the internet cafe showed that Hsieh had a small struggle before he collapsed motionless,” Wu told CNN.
Cold temperatures and exhaustion from the extensive hours playing games are likely to have contributed to Hsieh’s cardiac arrest, a police statement read.
Wu added that Hsieh had been “unemployed for a long time, and internet cafes were the only place he could go to.”
“His family said he would disappear for two to three days on end.”
According to the Taipei Times, Hsieh was a “regular customer” who often played for consecutive days.
“When tired, he would sleep face down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair,” the staff member was quoted as saying.
“That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning.”
Hsieh is the man who died from gamingin a Taiwan internet cafe this year.
On Jan.1 a 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet café in New Taipei City after a five-day video game marathon.
According to MSN, in both cases other patrons appeared nonchalant about the deaths, continuing playing even when tables were cordoned off for investigators to gather evidence.
A 3 to 5 day binge is nothing. 33-year-old man from China died after a staggering 27 days of continuous online game play
Holed up in an even shadier establishment without a business license or any natural lighting, the Chaoyang man (whose name is still unreleased) had reportedly shelled out over 10,000 Chinese Yuan ($1,519.30) during the time before his, let’s be honest, timely death. 650 hours of consecutive gaming.
Over this period, he barely drank or slept and what little he ingested was in the form of instant ramen noodles. In other words, he lived through what most of us would call a normal college experience.
You have to hand it to this guy for his level of endurance, if nothing else. Lesser men wouldn’t last a week under similar circumstances. I know I couldn’t eat Ramen for more than a few days straight.
He died of heart failure, malnutrition, etc. Pretty much exactly what you would expect.
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