China has banned Twitch

Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown

According to a report by CNN, Twitch - the popular game streaming service owned by Amazon - has been blocked in China.

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. The Twitch app has also been removed from the App Store there.

While no one knows just how this happened - Twitch itself hasn't provided any sort of official comment, nor has these Chinese government - we do know that the service itself is basically inaccessible throughout most of the country. No reason was given.

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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. Ironically, state-run station CCTV is likely to return to airing the event in 2022, as it will be taking place in Hangzhou, China on September 10th.

Users can actually find YouTube on the Chinese App Store, but they can't connect to its servers. It can still be download, but using it does nothing.

Given China's usual attitude towards foreign communication services, it's not uncommon for companies to strike some sort of deal in order to stay active in the country. Either ways, this is a massive blow for Twitch because China is a huge gaming market. This seems like a larger crackdown on gaming because a month ago the government said that it planned on limiting the number of new online games. There was apparently a war of words with users during the Asian Games, which led some to think this Twitch block is a result of people's behavior and an attack on free speech.

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