Twitch has been doing well in China. For a while. In August, the platform marked a significant uptick in the number of downloads as the Asian Games remained staggeringly uncovered which prompted a pair of US-based casters to take matters in their own hands and provide their own comment and streaming services.
Twitch Is in Hot Waters in China – Here’s the Gist
- Twitch confirms that it has been suspended in China
- The company has been blocked after two streamers had decided to broadcast the Asian Games via Twitch, making up for the failure of China-based broadcasters to provide the desired content
- China did particularly well during the Asian Games nevertheless
Twitch’s raise to prominence in China was not particularly glorious. The platform was just there for anyone who would love to have a go at it. However, earlier this week the streaming behemoth simply disappeared. Its app was taken out of the App Store and that pretty much sealed the deal.
China has definitely been taking a hard stance on a lot of the Western streaming platforms, including YouTube. If you do try YouTube, though, you will find the app in the App Store, but connecting to the servers is impossible.
What must then have occasioned the quiet downfall of Twitch, though? Most people are willing to cite the failure of the country’s official broadcaster for the Asian Games to air a single minute worth of eSports, despite China’s own strong showing in the event.
Twitch has not been stealing the spotlight from China’s own rivals until last month when it soared to the third most used app in the Store, following the attempts of two intrepid casters based in the United States who had decided to stream for themselves and bring the action to the hungry masses in the Chinese esports community.
The Community’s Uproar Sends Ripples
Banning Twitch was met with a lot of intransigence among Chinese communities. It’s been long known that anything that doesn’t exactly toes the party line would be met with immediate sanctions. Even the country’s mastodons are far from protected.
Tencent, the largest Chinese conglomerate and game developers, has had a number of activities shut down over the last few months – from video poker to authentic gaming titles.
Another possible explanation of the ban is that the Chinese government took notice of the types of things being said in the Twitch chat with spectators bad-mouthing each other based on their national identities. If this was indeed the reason behind the cancellation of the service, then China hasn’t acted entirely high-handedly on the occasion. Still, the majority of gamers is convinced that it all had to do with the so-called rogue stream that ruffled the feathers of the government.
China, though, remains the world’s largest esports market and there is no sign that this may come to a halt. With millions of users tuning in to watch video gaming events, even the over-protective approach of the Chinese government wouldn’t dissuade the armies of gamers to enjoy esports.