BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Marathon video game sessions have become quite popular lately and are now a habit on streaming websites. However, the online gamer community was shaken by the death of Brian Vigneault during a 24-hour-long World of Tanks session to raise money for charity.
The Twitch streamer aged 35 had already been active for 22 hours in the one-day marathon when he stood up and went on a smoking break from which he never returned. The other gamers and those who watched Vigneault play wondered if he had fallen asleep, since it was 4:30 a.m.
Even though the prospect of him falling asleep was plausible, the other gamers knew that Vigneault, who went by the username Poshybrid, was quite a veteran of playing World of Tanks for long periods of time to raise money for charity.
A few hours after Vigneault’s disappearance, a moderator messaged him on the chat app Discord. A Virginia Beach detective was the one that responded. They had found Vigneault dead at his home in Virginia Beach. Afterwards, they stated they had investigated his death and reported no criminal motivation.
For those who are not familiar with the video streaming website, on Twitch.tv people can play video games for a live audience on the internet. It can hold professional video game tournaments, as well as regular live streaming. The atmosphere is friendly and spectators can participate by commenting and asking questions.
Vigneault has been a World of Tanks player for the past five years and he raised about $11,000 during his career. He used to play between five and seven nights a week until early morning. Extremely long sessions are not as widespread as regular sessions, but there are a few who hold records for playing games for many hours straight. The record is held by 138 hours of playing Just Dance 2015.
It happens quite seldom of a gamer to die during a marathon event. However, other cases reported of a man who collapsed after 19 hours of World of Warcraft in 2015, a teenager who died after 40 hours of Diablo 3 in 2012, and a man whose heart failed after 50 hours of StarCraft in 2005.
Vigneault’s sudden death shocked many of his gamer fellows and fans. His gaming clan, Fame, posted a message in memoriam on their Facebook page. They said that their World of Tanks game would never be the same.
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