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Google invests in Chinese esports company Chushou

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(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google has joined an investment in Chinese live-stream mobile game platform Chushou that brings the startup’s total funding to $120 million, as the U.S. firm eyes new inroads to China where its search engine is blocked.

Founded in 2015, Chushou is an online e-sports platform where users can live stream their mobile phone games.

The service has roughly 8 million streamers and 250,000 live streams a day, said the companies in a statement on Friday.

Google will help the Chinese firm expand its services to target more overseas viewers, it said.

Live stream gaming platforms are a popular form of e-sports in China, part of a growing industry that involves competitive game play viewed by spectators.

Google’s YouTube launched a specialized service for live stream gamers in 2015, capturing a large chunk of the global market.

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