China blocks Twitch after surge in popularity

Alfred Osborne
September 22, 2018

Twitch's parent company, Amazon, may be a tech giant in the West but even with its influence, it will likely be quite hard to convince China's governing elite to reverse the ban on the popular games streaming service.

China is no stranger to blocking communications with the outside world in a number of ways. The website has been banned in China, making the it latest in a string of restrictions focused on cracking down on gaming.

The ban seems to have come without much warning, with Abacus reporting that it's been handed down on the heels of a period of quick growth for Twitch in the region.

The streaming platform's recent popularity in China occurred as a direct result of state-run broadcaster CCTV's decision not to air the e-sports matches that were shown during the Asian Games in Jakarta.

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Now, a Twitch representative has confirmed to Gamasutra that Twitch is blocked in China, but has yet to offer further details on why that might be or how long it's expected to last.

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. China has taken notice of this sudden rise in prominence, blocking Twitch in most of its provinces as of September 20th.

The streaming service has been gaining a larger following in China over the last few months.

After a recent surge in popularity among Chinese gamers, China has blocked the popular video game streaming service Twitch. Other services and sites banned in the country include Facebook, Google, and Reddit. Stay tuned, because hopefully Twitch will have more to say on the matter in the near future.

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