Twitch announced plans to shut down operations in South Korea due to high operational costs and network fees

Amazon’s popular live gaming streaming unit Twitch announced to shut down operations in South Korea next year due to high operational costs and network fees.

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On December 6, 2023, Twitch’s CEO Dan Clancy announced the shutdown of its live streaming platform on February 27, 2024, revealing the platform had already reached its stage where continuing the operation in South Korea is already impossible.

A statement signed by CEO Dan Clancy stated,"The cost of running Twitch in South Korea is currently seriously high."

“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,” he also added.

Dan Clancy also said work fees in South Korea are 10 times more expensive compared to other countries even after making significant changes to reduce operating costs such as adjusting the maximum video quality to 720p and hopefully meeting revenue expectations, but it was not sustainable enough.

As a result, Twitch had to lay off more than 400 employees in March. However the company ensured that this shutdown would only be exclusive to South Korea, assuring its possibly affected global audiences.

Twitch undeniably gained significant popularity among gamers in South Korea with its real-time and interactive nature. As its never-ending support to South Korean gamers, Twitch will be working closely with its streamers to assist them in finding an alternative streaming platform that will serve as a replacement after the shutdown.

"South Korea has always been a stellar player in the global e-sports community and will continue to do so."

Although the statement highlighted the grief and the difficult decision of the Twitch CEO, it also expressed its gratitude and recognized South Korea’s contribution to the international esports scene.

South Korea is notably popular for its passionate, competitive, and committed gaming community, along with its professional and DOTA player superstar Faker.
 

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