They've got game: How video gaming creates social networks

Ms Denise Teo started her Twitch channel in August 2020 in a bid to make new friends and play video games such as Apex Legends. PHOTO: DENISE TEO JIA QI
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SINGAPORE - Sitting behind a microphone in her fluorescent pink room, Ms Denise Teo waves to hundreds of invisible viewers on her computer, all gathered virtually to watch her play a video game.

Here on interactive live-streaming platform Twitch, the 24-year-old is known by her alias Supercatkei. She acknowledges almost every one of the viewers - who appear only as their usernames and an influx of emoticons or messages in the chat box - and thanks repeat subscribers

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