"It’s a Saturday night, and the Rev. Matt Souza begins his weekly sermon by pondering the pros and cons of a medieval fantasy-themed video game called Old School RuneScape.
Souza is sitting behind a spotless white desk in a white-walled room, wearing a white headset and speaking into a black microphone bigger than his head. He’s facing a jungle of technical equipment — four black monitors, miniature cameras perched everywhere like inquisitive birds and long black cords that bristle like insect antennae. Inches from his fingertips sits a well-worn Bible.
Souza appears completely alone. But — via the live-streaming platform Twitch — he’s talking to roughly 100 people scattered across the United States and around the world, most of them also sitting behind monitors.
Souza, 27, is preaching to his congregation: members of GodSquad Church, what appears to be the world’s first online-only church for video gamers."
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