Yet another service has been shut down in China as the social streaming service Twitch has officially been closed off by the country. The BBC has reported that the country has slowly been cutting off access to the website and its content, as documented by bloggers and others on social media. But it wasn’t until this week government officials have shut down access. No word from the government as to why, though we’re sure it’s over some objection to western content. Here’s a snippet from the article.
The streaming service has been gaining a larger following in China over the last few months. Many keen gamers flocked to it in late August to watch eSports matches being played at the Asian Games in Jakarta. The Games was not broadcast on state-run media in China, forcing many to use Twitch to see the gaming tournaments.
No official statement has been released by Chinese authorities to explain why Twitch has been blocked. China operates a comprehensive online censorship system that seeks to police talk about sensitive subjects and limit what people can do and see online. The steady shutdown of access to Twitch was logged via social media in China. Gamers and viewers in many provinces reported that the site was suddenly unavailable in their region. By the end of the week, Twitch was completely blocked.