Twitch can no longer be accessed by users in China

Isaac Cain
September 24, 2018

China has a history of banning western sites once they gain popularity in the country, especially those with the potential to give individuals using the platforms the ability to voice views censors find troublesome to a large audience instantaneously. The rise in downloads is attributable to the Asian Games, and state broadcaster CCTV deciding to now to air the esports event. The service is no longer accessible, and its mobile app was removed from Apple's China App Store after a huge explosion in popularity spotted by Abacus.

This is the first time that esports have been part of an worldwide event, and so Chinese citizens were disappointed with the lack of coverage, tuning in to Twitch to see the action firsthand.

It's all a big mystery at this point-Twitch has confirmed to multiple media outlets that it has in fact been blocked in China, but has not shared why.

Amazon's relationship with China could be getting somewhat bitter, as the country has now banned Twitch, the game streaming service acquired by the online retailer back in 2014.

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There's been a range of speculation over the rationale behind China's Twitch ban.

The competitive event was held a few weeks ago in Indonesia, and was reportedly the first Asian Games to feature eSports as a broadcast event.

The steady shutdown of access to Twitch was logged via social media in China. The company didn't give any details about the service ban.

For the majority of the IT&C companies, the Chinese Government's decision to ban the Twitch game streaming platform is just another proof of the Chinese censorship on the Western platforms and companies. As we all know, popular sites like Facebook, Reddit, and YouTube are also inaccessible in the country.

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