Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Streaming network Twitch is now locked out of China

Amazon-owned gaming-focused livestreaming site Twitch has become the latest in a long line of foreign internet services to be blocked in China Amazon-owned gaming-focused livestreaming site Twitch has become the latest in a long line of foreign internet services to be blocked in China
Sandy Mccarthy | 22 September, 2018, 23:40

Subsequently, the streaming service rapidly increased in popularity - becoming the third-most popular free app on the App Store. As China is one of the largest gaming markets in the world, being shut out from operating there is a big blow indeed.

What just happened? Another major website has been banned in China.

Video streaming platform Twitch has suddenly hit a wall in China, as the Twitch website is now inaccessible in the country and the Twitch iOS app has been removed from Apple's regional App Store. The surge was largely due to the inclusion of e-sports in Asian Games, which was not telecast by the state-run broadcaster CCTV.

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There's been a range of speculation over the rationale behind China's Twitch ban. According to a report by CNN, the ban has been confirmed by a spokesperson at Twitch, but neither the company nor the Chinese administration have commented on the events.

What makes the situation even stranger is the fact that Twitch has been incredibly popular in China over the last few months. eSports matches were played at the Asian Games, with the streaming service broadcasting them for millions to see. China performed well during the games, winning two gold medals, which no doubt contributed to the number of Chinese Twitch viewers. The most compelling of those is a link to the Chinese government's more general crackdown on gaming in the country.

The social media networks Facebook and Twitter were also banned in China and have remained so to this day while Google has not operated in the country for eight years. Stay tuned, because hopefully Twitch will have more to say on the matter in the near future.

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