Twitch has received the ban hammer in China

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2018

The streaming service has been growing in popularity in China over the last few months, particularly with its broadcasts of eSports matches during the 2018 Asian Games.

After the streaming platform began to see increased popularity in China, the Twitch website became inaccessible inside the country. Also, according to The Verge, during the peak of the competition, 23 times more Chinese downloaded the Twitch app. Details are still pretty slim at the moment, with Twitch confirming to Abacus that it has been banned but failing to elaborate on the situation. The surge was largely due to the inclusion of e-sports in Asian Games, which was not telecast by the state-run broadcaster CCTV. However, recently the company had shot up the rankings to become the country's third most popular app. It was unannounced, and Twitch confirmed the news only after being asked by Abacus. We don't know what triggered the block by the Chinese authorities, and if Twitch knows it isn't telling anyone yet. This was attributed to the Asian Games, an esports event that took place, and was easily available to watch via the streaming platform.

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

Facebook, Reddit, and even Google are also banned.

Twitch's disappearance has caused quite a bit of an uproar online in China. Others, though, said the ban might have had more to do with supposed trash-talking between Chinese citizens and gaming fans from other countries.

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.

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