Teen Dies After Playing Video Games For 22 Days Straight

May 1, 2016 Updated: December 4, 2017

A Russian teen who broke his leg played video games for 22 days straight, and didn’t stop unless he had to eat or sleep.

The 17-year-old, named Rustam, played Defense of the Ancients, according to media reports this week.

“In the last 22 days it is suspected he played the game almost all the time, stopping only to take a nap and grab a snack. Since August 8 he had a broken leg and has spent all his time at home playing computer games,” said a police spokesperson, per the Mirror.

His parents went in to check on the lad as they were unable to hear him reacting to the game as usual.

They found him unresponsive in his room. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Doctors said he likely died of deep vein thrombosis, which is a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg.

“People can suffer from such problems during long flights when they are forced to sit. The boy presumably died from a thrombosis. They are appearing in 50 percent of cases when people have fractures,” medical expert Azat Hafizov was quoted by Mirror as saying.


The broken leg contributed to the blood clot, but authorities said that his video game addiction was probably a greater contributor. Rustam played more than 2,000 hours of the game in the past 18 months or so.

“Problems with video games become bigger if parents do not take enough care of children,” said psychologist Rustam Kalimullin. “It does not have to be that parents drink or take drugs, but simply do not pay enough attention to children. In those cases children escape from problems into virtual worlds.”