Video gamer dies after 22 hours of play
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.”