China just blocked Amazon's streaming service Twitch

Twitch's app is no longer available in China.                  Nicole Cozma  CNET

Twitch had a rush of popularity in China last month, but now reports indicate that the live streaming video platform is no longer available in the country.

As of September 20th, Twitch's app was removed from China's iOS App Store and Twitch's website is inaccessible.

Other say that Twitch got the ban because the Chinese netizens have been... not quite verbally civil with the gamers from other countries during the Asian Games.

Amazon.com, Inc's (NASDAQ:AMZN) popular game streaming service Twitch suddenly has a smaller potential audience.

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Twitch reportedly was the third most downloaded free app in China a few weeks ago, because state TV, CCTV, didn't air the esports matches at the Asian Games. It has also disappeared from Apple's (AAPL) iOS App Store in China.

Do you think Twitch will make a way to restore the connection between their website and the Chinese fans?

The streaming site, which focuses on gaming content, is one of the most popular websites in the world, with users watching nearly five billion hours of content in 2018 alone. Social media companies like Facebook, YouTube, Google and Reddit have all had their own share of the problem and are now not accessible in that country.

Shannon Liao, The Verge, suggests the block was a "cautionary measure", and that authorities have been known to ban Western media platforms that become popular [via BBC]. 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. Also, Facebook and Twitter remain banned indefinitely, while Google, which missed form the Chinese market for eight years, is now developing a censored search engine to regain this vast Asian market.

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