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Chinese woman allegedly loses sight in one eye after marathon Honor of Kings session

Chinese woman allegedly loses sight in one eye after marathon Honor of Kings session

A Chinese woman has reportedly lost sight in one eye after playing Tencent’s hit mobile MOBA Honor of Kings for an entire day.

The South China Morning Post cites local media reports that the unnamed 21-year old woman went blind in her right eye on on Sunday, October 1st following the marathon session.

She was diagnosed with retinal artery occlusion, a condition that one doctor was quoted as saying was typically associated with elderly people rather than the young.

Marathon gameplay sessions

It’s not completely clear if this was the cause of the woman’s blindness, as doctors have not specifically confirmed that Honor of Kings was at fault.

The report notes however that the woman said it was “probably caused by playing the game for too long without a break”.

Her typical playing habits for the game would often start shortly after getting up at 6am,and last through until 4pm when she would eat and take a nap. After that, play would resume until 1am.

“Sometimes I would be so absorbed in the game that I would forget to eat, and not listen to my parents when they told me it’s time for dinner,” said the woman.

The woman is thought to still be in hospital where doctors are doing what they can to save her vision.

Big in China

Honor of Kings has become a national sensation in China, with more than 55 million daily active users and hundreds of millions of players. Some reports suggest that in Q1 2017 alone the game brought in around $800 million.

Numerous stories of people’s obsession with the game have emerged over the last year, including the story that parents had named their newborn child Honor of Kings.

To help curb the amount of gameplay time young players put into the game, Tencent limited gameplay time to one hour a day for children under 12. Those aged 12 to 18 are restricted to two hours a day.

The restrictions came as the Chinese government-owned People’s Daily labelled the game “poison” and a “drug” for young people.

The game is currently being rolled out in the West as Arena of Valor.


Senior Editor

Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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Ben D Director
Craig... PocketGamer is better than this.

Really? An unnamed woman went to an unnamed hospital with unnamed doctors and was quoted as self-diagnosing the cause of her condition from a game the Chinese government and Alibaba (who owns South China Morning Post and is a direct competitor with Tencent) both don't like?

“Sometimes I would be so absorbed in the game that I would forget to eat, and not listen to my parents when they told me it’s time for dinner,” said the woman."

"The woman said she regretted not having listened to her parents, who often tried to persuade her to stop playing the game in case she “went blind”."

Wow! What the odds her wise parents called it so well? She did go blind! So is she 21 or 12? I'm not sure. Maybe good little gamers should listen to their parents, eat their vegetables!

Get outta here with this anti-gaming communist propaganda bullshit... Report the news, guys. You're really good at that. Stick to that!
Adam Wu Chief Operations Officer
Stay calm, Ben. There is nothing wrong to promote a game with the opposite-side News, besides Arena of Valor is truly addictive, the “went blind” case is totally possible. Not surprise to me at all.
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