Twitch Leaving South Korea Controversy refers back to the fallout from Twitch asserting they might stop operations within the nation in February of 2024 because of “prohibitively costly” working prices that are considerably greater in South Korea than in another nation. The information was met with despair and harsh backlash from Korean streamers and viewers.
On December fifth, 2023, Twitch CEO Dan Clancy introduced in a weblog put up that it could stop operations in South Korea beginning February twenty seventh, 2024 because of “prohibitively costly” networking prices, saying the charges are ten occasions greater in South Korea than they’re in another nation. He additionally promised to assist Korean Twitch streamers discover one other platform to proceed pursuing their livelihood.
The choice was probably influenced by a 2016 “Sender Pays” legislation handed in Korea that makes Web Service Suppliers legally certain to pay a service cost when customers entry their content material. Proposed Korean payments to make this coverage extra strict may have steep implications for Korean content material, as they might make corporations like Netflix and YouTube topic to comparable charges.
The information was met with nice despair from Korean streamers and viewers. Korean streamer yummy_2 went viral for her response to the information, saying she’d mainly misplaced her job (repost by TwitchTVClips proven under).
— Twitch.tvcilps (@TwitchTvcilps) December 6, 2023
Others expressed frustration at each Twitch for making the choice to drag out of Korea and the Korean authorities for permitting corporations to interact in worth mountain climbing for ISPs. On the previous facet, person @noteunibuni stated that as a result of Twitch is owned by Amazon, they need to be capable to afford the excessive costs wanted to function in Korea, gaining over 40 likes in a matter of hours (proven under, left). Consumer @MakoFukasamiTV posted critically of Korea and used the information to emphasize the significance of Internet Neutrality, gaining 15 retweets and over 120 likes in the identical timeframe (proven under, proper).
Posts essential of the choice and the Korean authorities had been posted in Reddit’s /r/know-how and /r/korea. A query concerning the determination was posted to /r/OutOfTheLoop, gaining over 900 factors in a matter of hours.