A Twitch anunciou a partir do seu blog oficial que irá fechar todas as atividades na Coreia do Sul já a partir de Fevereiro do próximo ano.
A 27 de Fevereiro todos os contratos existentes serão fechados e no dia 16 de Março os streamers receberão a última monetização gerada pela plataforma e em Junho a Twitch prevê fechar completamente os seus serviços à comunidade.
O CEO Dan Clancy diz que têm sido feitos bastantes esforços nos últimos meses para reduzir os custos de manutenção dos serviços agregados, mas que a empresa ainda continua a ter perdas significativas, a situação tornou-se de tal forma insuportável que a única solução encontrada pela equipa é fechar definitivamente a plataforma no país.
No anúncio é referido que os custos de exploração da plataforma na Coreia do Sul é dez vezes mais elevado referente aos outros países, ainda assim a empresa refere que não abandonará os seus criadores de conteúdo, acompanhando as mudanças dos streamers de perto.
Após o anúncio, a concorrente direta da Twitch na Coreia do Sul, a Afreeca TV sofreu um pico de registos e até causou um downtime da plataforma durante várias horas.
Comunicado na integra
This morning, I shared with our community in Korea that we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down the Twitch business in Korea on February 27, 2024 KST. We understand that this is extremely disappointing news, and we want to explain why we made this decision and how we are planning to support those impacted.
Ultimately, the cost to operate Twitch in Korea is prohibitively expensive and we have spent significant effort working to reduce these costs so that we could find a way for the Twitch business to remain in Korea. First, we experimented with a peer-to-peer model for source quality. Then, we adjusted source quality to a maximum of 720p. While we have lowered costs from these efforts, our network fees in Korea are still 10 times more expensive than in most other countries. Twitch has been operating in Korea at a significant loss, and unfortunately there is no pathway forward for our business to run more sustainably in that country.
To all of our global communities, we want to make it clear that this is a unique situation. Operating costs in Korea are significantly higher than they are in other countries and we have been open about this challenge for some time.
Twitch streamers in Korea have devoted significant time and effort into building their communities, and we plan to help these communities find new homes — even if it’s regrettably not on Twitch. We will work to help Twitch streamers in Korea move their communities to alternative livestreaming services in Korea. We are also reaching out to several of these services to help with the transition and will communicate with impacted streamers as those discussions progress.
I want to reiterate that this was a very difficult decision and one we are very disappointed we had to make. Korea has always and will continue to play a special role in the international esports community and we are incredibly grateful for the communities they built on Twitch.
For more information, please see our Help article or join our live stream where I’ll be taking the community’s questions. We will host a stream for our Korean community on /TwitchKR today, December 6 at 9:30 am KST (December 5, at 4:30pm PT). For people outside of the Korean community, I will host another session on /Twitch today, December 6 at 11am KST (December 5, at 6pm PT) to answer questions about this decision or other topics.Dan Clancy, Twitch CEO