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China’s Streaming Boom! Everything is getting streamed here in China. From girls sucking bananas, to putting on fishnets, to sexy dances, to eating live mice, it is safe to say that China’s streaming boom is getting out of control.
The flurry of hearts, likes, and comments is reminiscent of Periscope. What’s different is that some users are giving virtual gifts – which cost real money – as a gesture of appreciation to the live stream host. The broadcaster can then cash out the gifts to make money from their live streaming antics.
It’s creating a wave of web celebrities.
Weibo is not the first to be doing this in China. Several new video apps have popped up in China this year catering to a nascent but growing demand to watch fellow netizens do everything from eating to playing video games to shilling cosmetics.
The country’s snowballing live streaming is also creating new web celebrities. Zhang Qige, a 23-year-old woman who plays games while chatting on her webcam, claims to have made US$150,000 in the past year from her online capers.
Some make it even bigger, such as Papi Jiang, a 29-year-old drama student turned comedian seen here in one of her skits:
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Living in China for so long, we would like to share some of the comparisons that we have found between China and the west, and shed some light on the situation.
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