Game of Thrones video game boss killed on Christmas Day ‘poisoned’, claim police

A Game of Thrones video game tycoon who died on Christmas Day was poisoned, police believe.

Lin Qi, who was believed to have a net worth of around 6.8 billion yuan (£960million), and was a star of China's lucrative computer gaming market.

He founded his company Yoozoo in 2009, and they released Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, a game based on the hit TV show.

Police in Shanghai have detained a suspect over Mr Lin's death, a 39-year-old colleague of the tycoon identified only by his surname Xu.

He was hospitalised on December 17 with a possible poisoning and died eight days later.

Employees and ex-employees gathered outside Yoozoo's office to mourn his death.

The company also issued an emotional statement on its blog.

It read: "Goodbye youth. We will be together, continue to be kind, continue to believe in goodness, and continue to fight against all that is bad."

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The post attracted thousands of comments while the topic has been viewed more than 290 million times.

Mr Lin is ranked number 70 among China's richest entrepreneurs.

The man in custody is believed to head Yoozoo's movie production arm.

Details are scant about what happened but police statements suggest Mr Lin was poisoned. Local media reports say he may have been poisoned via aged pu'er tea, a fermented Chinese drink.

He admitted himself to hospital after feeling unwell and had been in a stable condition but died last Friday.

The company said they have no information to release further to the police statement.

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