Do streamers play a sort of "surrogate friend/friends" role in peoples lives and is this the main appeal whether people realize it or not?
I never understood the appeal in watching strangers play video games when you could be playing them yourself, but... looking at it from the point of view of it being a simulation of being connected with other people...then the popularity of Twitch, Huya, etc. sense to me. A sad simulation yes, but there is something tangible there that makes people come back.
What do you guys think?