China has banned Twitch

Ruben Fields
September 24, 2018

Twitch in undoubtedly the leading streaming site in the West, but the site only recently found a foothold in the East.

Over the past several years, streaming platform Twitch has grown to become one of the most popular websites in the world, but it just suffered a pretty major setback. Be that as it may, when the nation's CCTV state supporter decided not to air the Asian Games, those needing to watch the occasion's eSports rivalries looked for inclusion from different outlets.

According to Chinese tech publication Abacus, Twitch's iOS app has disappeared from Apple's China App Store, days after the platform's main site became inaccessible in the country.

Twitch has confirmed that it is being blocked but it has not said why the authorities have imposed the restriction.

Last month, Twitch popularity surged in China thanks to the streaming service's coverage of eSports events during the Asian Games.

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China has been notably restrictive with its stance on gaming products, previously banning Battlefield 4 and all Grand Theft Auto games, in addition to requiring significant alterations for localization of games such as World of Warcraft and Dota 2.

This ban against Amazon's Twitch is in line with the recent policy followed by the Chinese Government to block Western apps that increase in popularity across China, as a measure of caution. Analytics company Sensor Tower told The Verge, that the app downloads for Twitch were up 23 times for the week of August 27 as compared to the previous week.

China has blocked large sites such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube for years.

Many are saying online that this supposed crackdown is a sign of the government further tightening its grip on gaming.

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