CYBERSPACE, 2005 (D.O.T.) - A 28-year-old South Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games non-stop for 49 hours.
The man, identified only by his last name, Lee, collapsed after not sleeping, eating almost no food and refusing to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game Starcraft. Lee was quickly moved to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack.
Lee had been fired from his job recently because he kept missing work to play computer games.
Computer games are enormously popular in South Korea, home to professional gamers who earn big money through sponsorships and television stations devoted to broadcasting matches.