Twitch confirms it’s been blocked in China

Twitch is Reportedly Blocked in China After Government Crackdown

It was unannounced, and Twitch confirmed the news only after being asked by Abacus.

The service, which livestreams video gameplay and esports tournaments, has been blocked in China, a Twitch spokesman said in an email Friday. However, reports have surfaced indicating that Twitch is no long accessible to Chinese citizens, and the mobile app has been removed from the regional app store, leading many to assume that Twitch has been blocked by the Chinese government.

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The block is thought to have happened earlier this week when users noticed the website wasn't loading. No reason was given. 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.

This is what Twitch looked like in China before it's ban. It can still be download, but using it does nothing. Chinese theories on the shutdown are varied too, with Abacus citing fears of a general crackdown on gaming-related media, while others believe it was Twitch chat's fiery trash-talk that earned the government's ire. Google and its services have been absent from the country for nearly a decade, but the company is reportedly working with authorities on a heavily restricted, custom censored search engine codenamed Project Dragonfly-a plan that has reportedly seen a senior researcher from the company quit in protest. The website has been banned in China, making the it latest in a string of restrictions focused on cracking down on gaming. 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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