The death of a prominent gamer has led to a debate about whether gaming marathons are hazardous to health.
Brian Vigneault was a 35-year-old father of three from Virginia, USA who gamed under the alias Poshybird. In February he took on a 24-hour-long gaming marathon, playing World of Tanks to raise money for charity.
The marathon was streamed to a live audience on the website Twitch, which describes itself as “the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers”.
Twenty two hours in, Vigneault reportedly went outside to take a cigarette break. He didn’t return to the screen – and later died.