Chinese Gaming CEO Lin Qi Possibly Killed By Poison

Published: December 31, 2020 9:35 AM /


Lin Qi, the CEO of Chinese gaming company Yoozoo

Police are investigating the death of Lin Qi, a Chinese CEO who died on Christmas Day. It's now believed his death may have been due to poisoning. A man has been detained in Shanghai in connection with the potential poisoning.

Why are police investigating Lin Qi's death?

Another Yoozoo employee by the name of Xu has been detained in Shanghai. Authorities have said that they were alerted to what CNN calls a "suspected poisoning" on December 17th. The police have said that Xu is "suspected of committing a major crime", although they didn't go into specifics as to what crime this may be. However, just days before his death, Lin Qi's company Yoozoo issued a statement (which we're using machine translation to translate) describing "physical discomfort" the CEO was suffering. They said his condition was stable and improving, but two days after that statement was issued, he sadly died.

Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, one of Lin Qi's company Yoozoo's games
Lin Qi's company Yoozoo developed strategy title Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, among other games.

Unfortunately, we don't know any more details about the mysterious Xu, and given the secrecy surrounding Chinese police investigations, it's unlikely more will be revealed any time soon. The motive behind Lin Qi's poisoning - if indeed he was poisoned - is also unclear. He was reportedly worth around $1 billion. Of course, we'll bring you more on this potential poisoning as soon as we get it.

Who was Lin Qi?

Lin Qi founded Yoozoo Games in 2009. The studio is best known for developing mobile and browser games, although some of its titles have made their way to PC via platforms like Steam as well. Yoozoo's best-known titles include free-to-play strategy RPG Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming, which is based on the hit HBO series (which is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire), and free-to-play MMORPG League of Angels. In addition to these games, Lin Qi also branched out into film and TV production. He purchased the rights to the Chinese novel The Three-Body Problem in 2014, intending to create a series for Netflix alongside Game of Thrones writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Have you played any of Yoozoo's games? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a tip, or want to point out something we missed? Leave a Comment or e-mail us at

Joe Allen's profile picture
| Senior Writer

Joe has been writing for TechRaptor for several years, and in those years has learned a lot about the gaming industry and its foibles. He’s originally an… More about Joseph