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Suspect detained in death of Chinese video-game tycoon

The Lujiazui financial in Shanghai
The Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai.
(Fei Yang / Getty Images)

Police in Shanghai say they have detained a suspect in the case of the death by possible poisoning of the billionaire founder of a Chinese video game company that’s known for a game based on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and that’s developing screen adaptations of the popular science fiction series “The Three-Body Problem.”

Lin Qi, 39, died Christmas Day after being hospitalized, according to his company, Yoozoo Games, also known as Youzu Interactive. A police statement said he was hospitalized Dec. 17 and diagnosed with possible poisoning, but it gave no other details.

The statement said a 39-year-old coworker, identified only by the surname Xu, has been detained in Lin’s death.

An employee in the Shanghai police’s press office said Monday that there was no additional information.

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The business magazine Caixin, citing unidentified industry sources, said the suspect is an employee of Yoozoo’s film division and was working on “The Three-Body Problem.” The trilogy by author Liu Cixin is being developed into a series for Netflix by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners on “Game of Thrones.”

Yoozoo also is known for its game “Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming,” based on the popular TV series.

Lin ranked No. 870 among China’s richest entrepreneurs, with a net worth of 6.8 billion yuan ($1 billion), according to Hurun Report, which follows China’s wealthy.


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