When living off gaming may not be a fair gig

Published Fri, Jul 16, 2021 · 05:50 AM

A NEW income stream is emerging from the digital economy, one that is convincing many to give up their day jobs and play games for a living. But it's not e-sports.

Singapore-based platforms are selling gaming access to users in Asean, which allows games to trade in digital assets for fiat money. Could this be a sustainable way for some to earn their keep, or is this capitalising on "desperate labour"? We investigate the so-called player-based economy that is developing in block chain games, in Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend.

Barbara Plinkert, the EU's Ambassador to Singapore, began studying Chinese in high school in Germany, which sparked her interest in "a country very far away and very different from the little world I grew up in". The wholeheartedly European diplomat tells The Raffles Conversation why she favours collaboration over confrontation.

In This Time Is Different, our columnist discusses bitcoin's growing pains, while elsewhere in the Wealth section, a venture capitalist explains why even seasoned investors can get burnt by herd moves and fraud.

It may be a two-door car, but the Land Rover Defender 90 is the spiritual opposite of a sporty coupe: boxy instead of swoopy and lofty instead of low-slung. But that doesn't mean it's no fun to drive. The Steering Column discovers why the Defender 90 is the height of fashion.

In Fit To Lead, Singapore Sports Hub CEO Lionel Yeo shares his journey from 2.4km-phobe to born-again runner.

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