Verb. Literally, to fight using stickers (we think the name “Sticker Duel” better fits the sport)

Origins: Undocumented, but claims are that this tradition of emoticon bombardment (sharing) has been around since the early days of QQ messaging. The name was not coined until around early 2015, after the mass advent sticker packs in WeChat.

The stickers hurled in a “dou tu”combat are often of the vulgar, sarcastic, or satirical variety — frequently rage comics hailing from Baozou (暴走漫画). Sometimes these are best loved trophies from past fights — when someone shoots a sticker your way, simply long press to collect and claim your own.

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April Ma

Based in Beijing, April Ma writes on tech trends and covers startups that may (or may not) be the next BATs. Reach her at April.ma@technode.com or Mafangjing (Wechat).