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Chinese gaming billionaire dies after poisoning

                                  Chinese gaming billionaire dies after poisoning

A Chinese tycoon who died on Christmas Day was poisoned, Shanghai police said.

Lin Qi, 39, was the president and CEO of game developer Yoozoo, best known for the strategy game Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming.

The Shanghai police statement pointed to one of Lin's colleagues, identified only by his last name Xu, as the main suspect.

Lin was believed to have a net worth of around 6.8 billion yuan (US $ 1 billion, £ 780 million), according to the Hurun China Rich List.

Many employees and former employees gathered outside of Yoozoo's office on Friday to mourn his death.

The company also released an emotional statement on its official Weibo microblog.

"Goodbye youth," he said, adding "we will be together, we will continue to be kind, we will continue to believe in goodness and we will continue to fight against everything bad."

The post attracted thousands of comments, while the topic has been viewed more than 290 million times on Weibo.

In addition to his game Game of Thrones, Yoozoo is also a co-editor of Supercell's hit game Brawl Stars along with China's Tencent Holdings.

Three-body problem

The company is also known for its connection to the Chinese science fiction novel Three-Body Problem, as it owns the rights to its film adaptation.

But its expansion into the film business was not as successful as the company hoped and the project to adapt the book to six Yoozoo Pictures films never took off.

In September, it granted US streaming platform Netflix the right to adapt the science fiction novel for television.

The book is the first installment in writer Liu Cixin's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy and has received critical acclaim, counting former US President Barack Obama and Facebook editor Mark Zuckerberg among their fans.

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