Shanghai police have detained a man in relation to the suspected poisoning death of video game tycoon and founder of a Yoozoo games company.
Lin Qi, 39, died on Christmas Day, eight days after he was taken to hospital with “acute symptoms of illness.” Yoozoo company announced that he was hospitalized though in stable condition until Friday, December 25 when things took a turn.
There was some speculation among local media that Mr. Lin had been poisoned via aged Pu’er tea, a fermented Chinese drink. The police said the hospital determined Lin had been poisoned.
A 39-year colleague at the company, called Xu was detained as the main suspect in accordance with the law while the relevant investigative work is carried out.
Mr. Lin was the Chairman and Chief executive of games developer Yoozoo, best known for the Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming Strategy game. He founded Yoozoo in 2009 and saw the company through the dynamics of mobile gaming.
The company is also famous for its relation with the Chinese Sci-Fi novel, Three-Body problem as it holds the rights for its film adaptation. In September, it granted Netflix the right to adapt the novel for television.
The tycoon is believed to have a net worth of around 6.8bn yuan (£960m) according to Hurun China Rich List.
On Friday Yoozoo posted a tribute to Lin, signed by staff. “You saw through what was imperfect but still believed in beauty; encountered unkindness but still believed in kindness,” it said. “Together, we will continue to be kind, continue to believe in beauty, and continue to fight against all that is unkind.”