China Has Banned Twitch

Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown

This all happened after it skyrocketed in popularity, becoming the third most-downloaded app in the country.

While there is no official reason as to why Twitch has now been banned in the country, Abacus News suggests that it could be a step from the Chinese government to help deal with the country's gaming addiction issues.

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. The increase in downloads has been attributed to people wanting to watch e-sports from the Asian Games, which were not being shown on state-run broadcaster CCTV. Twitch's website and mobile app both became inaccessible earlier this week, with the app disappearing from the iOS App Store entirely.

Streaming service Twitch is big and only getting bigger, and up until very recently, that was the also the case over in China. China has taken notice of this sudden rise in prominence, blocking Twitch in most of its provinces as of September 20th.

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This time, it's live game streaming service Twitch that has been targeted by the country's censors. Chinese gamers flocked to Twitch to cheer on their favorite players at the tournament, which was held in Jakarta last month.

The social media networks Facebook and Twitter were also banned in China and have remained so to this day while Google has not operated in the country for eight years.

Many are saying online that this supposed crackdown is a sign of the government further tightening its grip on gaming. Stay tuned, because hopefully Twitch will have more to say on the matter in the near future.

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