I considered having Hanma repeat that sentence in panel two a third time, but ye GODS is that already a mouthful just said once, let alone twice already.

Up until this point, this story really could pass for canon, but we're fast reaching the point where that really just won't work at all, and that point is where all the playtesters for Hanma's game are decided upon. They were chosen via reader voting as opposed to any sort of in-universe logic, and while I could come up with some convoluted canon-ish reasons they could be chosen, there's a lot of things that they would logically do or question in canon that just won't come up in this.