All rights reserved. Lala, 35, livestreams from a hotel room in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Lala is an independent live streamer who has cultivated nearly 75, followers on the app LiveAF, run by 17 Media. She leaves her young daughter, Mong Mong, in their apartment while she goes off to work, sitting alone in various hotel rooms and sending smiles to hopeful fans watching from their phones. As darkness falls over Taipei City, an image of a woman named Lala illuminates the night sky. Her face beams from a foot-tall billboard overlooking Taipei.
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I was told to expect skimpy outfits, but not an overweight man in a pink wig, red lipstick, and a sparkly mermaid tail and bra. But there he was, on stage, blowing kisses at the video camera and sporadically saying "Thank you! I hoped that he was getting serious coin for making such a spectacle of himself. Thankfully he probably was, as he was being broadcast live to thousands of viewers on an internet show, the title of which roughly translates to I Am Your Hawaii Girl, in the Beijing headquarters of REDO Media. The firm claims to be China's biggest live-streaming star agency. Behind the cameras the producers, staring at screens showing the footage unfolding, nodded their heads as virtual gifts such as flower and banana emojis streamed in.
China doesn't need Twitch to make its live-streaming take off.
It matters little what they air. Sometimes it's high-production value entertainment, sometimes just a meal to be eaten. In China, there are internet platforms for viewers seeking out just about any form of live-streamed entertainment they desire. Experts say the phenomenon has grown out of China's growing ecommerce industry and waning social sphere, in which men and women recede into their private lives online. Account icon An icon in the shape of a person's head and shoulders.
Qiaobiluo Dianxia has a following of , on Chinese live streaming platform DouYou. Fans were misled on her appearance since they could donate to streamers without seeing their faces, The Paper via AsiaOne reported on Tuesday, July Qiaobiluo would choose either to show herself only from the neck down—with the camera angled to her chest—or with an anime image over her face.