A 21-year-old woman went blind in one eye after playing a mobile game for 24 hours, Channel NewsAsia reported earlier this month, citing Chinese newspaper The Paper. After spending the entirety of her free Sunday playing Honor of Kings, the woman from Guangdong realized she lost sight in her right eye and was admitted to a hospital where she was diagnosed with central retinal artery occlusion, an eye disease blocking blood flow through the central retinal artery that causes sudden and painless eyesight loss, usually only in a single eye. Doctors are still trying to save the sight of the unnamed woman who was cited as saying that she wasn't able to stop playing the Tencent-made mobile game no matter how hard she tried. Doctors reportedly believe that her condition was caused by severe eye strain, noting that the disease itself is only commonly observed in elderly people.
Media in the Far Eastern country found out that the woman got addicted to Honor of Kings in early 2017 and has admitted to dedicating almost all of her free time to playing the game. The finance professional was usually free on the weekends and would get up at 6 AM just to start playing the game as early as possible. Her final marathon session that left her blind in one eye happened on October 1st and lasted for 24 hours, she said, adding that aside from afternoon naps, her free days were entirely dedicated to Honor of Kings to the point that she would forget to do anything else and wouldn't even eat. The case isn't the first sign that Tencent's Android game may be becoming too popular for its own good – the Chinese tech giant was recently forced to limit the daily playing time of young children and teenagers in the Far Eastern country after local institutions complained that people are completely addicted to the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). Children under 12 are now only allowed to play Honor of Kings up to an hour per day, whereas those under 18 can play it up to two hours on a daily basis.
Honor of Kings is sometimes translated as King of Glory or Arena of Valor and may be coming to the United States and Europe in the near future, as previously implied by the Chinese company. State-sponsored media outlets in China have already condemned the game as a "poison" that's hurting the nation but it's unlikely that the title will be banned by local authorities in the near future. Honor of Kings presently boasts approximately 200 million players in China and will celebrate its second anniversary next month.