Shanghai police say a Chinese game developer who died on Christmas Day has been poisoned.
Lin Qi, 39, was the chairman and chief executive of game developer Yoozoo, best known for Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming. A statement from Shanghai police said one of Lin’s colleagues, identified only by his surname Xu, was the prime suspect. According to local media reports, the detainee may be Xu Yao, who heads Yoozoo’s film production department.
According to the Hurun China Rich List, Lin’s fortune is about 6.8 billion yuan (about $950 million). The businessman was a star of China’s lucrative gaming market and also got his start in the film production industry. He founded Yoozoo in 2009 and successfully ran the company at a time when the mobile gaming industry was undergoing significant changes.
Lin was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell, but his condition is stable. He then took a turn for the worse and passed away. There were also rumours in the local media that Lin was poisoned by aged puerh tea.