Video gamer dies af­ter 22 hours of play

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

VIR­GINIA BEACH, Va. — A Vir­ginia man who died at home while play­ing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an on­line livestream­ing com­mu­nity where mem­bers some­times go to ex­tremes to build their au­di­ences, ex­perts say.

Brian Vigneault, 35, had spent about 22 hours play­ing the on­line war game World of Tanks on the stream­ing plat­form Twitch.tv. He told fol­low­ers watch­ing him play the game that he was rais­ing money for the Make-A-Wish Foun­da­tion.

But af­ter he stood up from his com­puter to take a smoke break, he never ap­peared on screen again.

“He was in rough shape,” said Jes­sica Ge­bauer, 29, a friend of Vigneault’s and fel­low streamer who lives in Hum­boldt in Canada’s Saskatchewan prov­ince.

“I watched him un­til about half an hour be­fore he said he’d be right back,” she said. “He just looked re­ally, re­ally tired.”

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