Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown

The Chinese eSports team competing at the Asian Games in Indonesia last month

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. Steam's community features are already blocked in China (see PC Gamer here) - fingers crossed that's all that stays blocked for now. Late a year ago, Microsoft's Skype also fell victim to the country's policies, and many other services have been met with similar situations.

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.

Twitch confirmed that the service is now blocked in China, but the reasons why are still unclear. The Amazon-owned company's iOS app has disappeared from the local app store, and the website is inaccessible across most of the country.


The news comes courtesy of an Abacus report which suggests that this may be related to a recent surge in popularity Twitch enjoyed in China after it was highlighted as one of the few ways to watch eSports in the 2018 Asian Games.

Twitch's disappearance has caused quite a bit of an uproar online in China. China performed well during the games, winning two gold medals, which no doubt contributed to the number of Chinese Twitch viewers. This isn't exactly a surprise development in China, however: YouTube has been blocked for a while, and numerous basic functions of Steam are unavailable to Chinese players.

Many are saying online that this supposed crackdown is a sign of the government further tightening its grip on gaming. The company didn't give any details about the service ban.

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