When Vernie plays video games in Melbourne, his fans around the world watch. He’s part of a rising trend

A young man wearing headphones and a hoody

Most nights, when Vernie “BlueRukus” Valentos boots up the PlayStation in his home in Western Melbourne, he’s joined by a few dozen online spectators who have gathered to chat and watch him play. They come from all over, teenagers and the middle-aged, and have been doing so for years. For the 28-year-old, they …

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