Chinese Gaming Tycoon Dies ‘After Poisoning’, Police Says

Lin Qi, 39, was the chairman and chief executive of games developer Yoozoo, best known for the Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming strategy game.

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Police authorities in Shanghai have said that gaming tycoon Lin Qi, 39, best known for his Game of Thrones-themed game, was poisoned. He died on Christmas day.

In a statement, the city’s police officials named Xu as the main suspect in the killing of Qi. Thanks to his outstanding success in the gaming industry, he boasted a massive net worth of $1.3 billion. On Friday, many employees and ex-colleagues of the business tycoon protested outside the company building.


Additionally, Qi was the star of the gaming industry and had also ventured into the film production business. In 2009, he founded Yoozoo and made the company a success when global gaming saw a dramatic change in mobile games. Moreover, the company officials also posted an emotional message on its website.

The post has attracted overwhelming support from civil society, and the topic has been viewed by more than 290 million people on the company’s microblog. Most of the tributes on the internet featured calligraphy as the gaming tycoon was an avid calligrapher as well.

Even though the details are unknown now, local media reports quoting police stated that it was likely to be a murder by poison. The company had earlier said in a statement that its founder had been admitted to the hospital following medical difficulties.

But on Friday, when it stated that Qi has died, things took a turn. Media reports suggest the police’s prime suspect, Xu Yao, the company’s film production arm, is in custody. Moreover, the local media also reported that he was poised using a traditional Chinese fragmented tea, but it remains unclear.

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