Chief executive of Yoozoo Games, Lin Qi poisoned death, Mr Xu arrested

Billionaire Chinese video game poisoned, colleague arrested

In China, a suspect has been arrested over the fatal poisoning of a billionaire maker of video games.

On Christmas Day, eight days after he was hospitalized, Lin Qi, the 39-year-old chief executive of Yoozoo Games, which created a famous title based on the Game of Thrones series, died.

Yoozoo Games said that Lin was suffering from "acute symptoms of illness" and originally said that before his death was announced, he was in a stable condition and improving.

A 39-year-old colleague of Lin, identified only as Mr Xu, has been detained by police in Shanghai.

Shanghai headquarters of the Yoozoo
Shanghai headquarters of the Yoozoo

They said in a statement that "in accordance with the law while the relevant investigative work is carried out" the suspect was detained.

Chinese media reports have reported that Lin, who has an approximate net worth of $1.7 billion, died on December 17 after drinking poisoned pu'er fermented tea. Prior to his death, he did not recover consciousness.

Following news of Lin's death, Yoozoo shares fell as much as 18 percent on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

We hope that [such] actions will not alter our world's well-wishes or alter our destination,"We hope that [such] behaviour will not change our well-wishes for the world or change our destination," After the death of its chief executive, it said it was 'operating as usual'.

Yoozoo is best known for a popular Chinese role-playing game based on the television and book franchise, Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming.

Lin worked as a producer before his death on a new Netflix series based on Liu Cixin's Chinese science fiction book series, The Three-Body Crisis.

Poisoned: Yoozoo creator Lin Qi.
Poisoned: Yoozoo creator Lin Qi.

He created the series alongside the makers of the TV show Game of Thrones, David Benioff and DB Weiss.

The film and television division of Yoozoo acquired the rights to produce a six-film series based on the book trilogy, lauded by Barack Obama and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

It scrapped its own adaptation of the novels, however, and granted Netflix the rights earlier this year to produce its own series based on the trilogy.

Last week, Yoozoo posted a tribute on Chinese social media to its chief executive, writing: "You saw into what was imperfect but still believed in beauty; witnessed unkindness but still believed in kindness. Together, we will continue to be kind, continue to believe in beauty, and try to strive against all that is unkind."