Twitch is the world’s most popular streaming website and it has just been banned in China. The official website for Twitch is no longer available in China and the iOS app for Twitch has been removed from the App Store dedicated to Chinese residents. This information was confirmed by an official Twitch spokesperson who said that Chinese residents will not be able to access the streaming website and enjoy the live streaming content anymore.
Twitch is Banned in China
The interesting thing about this recent ban is the fact that Twitch had just become the third most downloaded app in the Chinese iOS App Store. Rumor has it that this rise to popularity is what caused Twitch to get banned. Furthermore, the Cyberspace Administration of China has yet to release a statement regarding this issue.
What’s even more baffling about this ban is the fact that Chinese eSports events are streamed on Twitch. For example, a special Asian Games event was hosted on Twitch last month and it gave Chinese residents the chance to watch their countrymen compete in video games.
In addition, Chinese publications are reporting that Chinese fans of the competitive video gaming scene were upset that their local TV stations didn’t cover this event and they all tuned to Twitch instead.
China is Banning Everything
For those who are unfamiliar with the internet policies in China, the Cyberspace Administration organization has banned lots of other popular websites and apps such as Google and Reddit. Therefore, the people who are in charge of Twitch are not surprised to see that they were the next ones on the list.
All that’s left now is to see if China decides to develop an app that is similar to Twitch in hopes of giving fans of the Chinese eSports competitive scene a chance to watch their favorite players.