Chinese 13-year-old's death linked to World of Warcraft

By Derek Sooman on
In China, the parents of a 13-year-old Tianjin boy are suing the makers of "World of Warcraft" because they claim that the game was responsible for the death of their son! Seemingly, the boy jumped to his death after re-enacting a scene from the game, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. Anti-Internet addiction advocate Zhang Chunliang is backing the parentís suit against Blizzard Entertainment. Chunliang has apparently spoken to 63 parents whose children have allegedly suffered from online gaming addiction, and has a class-action suit in the works.

Blizzard executives werenít available to comment to RedHerring.com about the lawsuit.

The high-profile backlash to Chinaís booming online game market reflects the growing size of the industry. World of Warcraft alone has 1.5 million paying players.

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