China Watch Blog has picked up this news that a man in his 30s has died after a three-day gaming binge at an internet cafe outside Beijing, during which he did not sleep and barely ate.
The Standard reported the incident which highlights the nation’s ongoing battle to stamp out web addiction, which affects tens of millions, researchers say.
The man, who was not identified, slipped into a coma this week in the cafe on the outskirts of the capital. He was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he died shortly after, the Beijing Times said.
He spent more than 10,000 yuan over the past month on internet gaming, and had barely moved from his computer for a three- day period, the paper said.
Police confiscated several computers as part of their investigation but ruled out murder.
Officers have also not detained the operators of the small cafe, which has only about six terminals.
The number of teenage internet addicts in China has soared to 33 million, spurring a new industry of unlicensed web “boot camps.”
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