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MANILA • Eighteen-year-old Alexandre “AK” Laverez can’t sit still. He has the kinetic energy of a spinning top, always moving.

But when he’s in front of a screen and playing Tekken, his focus is razor-sharp. He has been playing Tekken – a video game where two players duke it out with fantasy karate skills – since he was four, when an uncle handed him a PlayStation controller and showed him the ropes.

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