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Twitch to reduce stream quality for using adblocker on platform

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Rishabh B.
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Modified 10 Nov 2020, 17:34 IST
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Recently, reports have emerged stating that Twitch is reducing the stream quality to 480p if viewers use a certain adblocker.

The streaming platform has tried to come up with ways to circumvent ad-blockers as they are the chief source of revenue for the company. With various methods not exactly working, it has now started restricting the stream quality for users who use uBlock Origin.

This effectively means that Twitch viewers who want to have an ‘ad-free’ experience will have to do with a stream quality of 480 or 360p. Various Twitch users have been caught off-guard, with popular League of Legends streamer Tyler1 declaring his decision to be unethical.

Twitch reducing stream quality for viewers using ad-blocker

Earlier, the platform had tested automated mid-roll ads that streamers had no control over. The move drew flak from all corners, with streamers worried about the impact these ads would have over their viewers. It was criticized by both streamers and viewers alike, and Twitch decided to stop the ‘test’ after three days.

Moreover, just last month, the platform had appeared to find a way to circumvent ad-blockers, which meant that users who had them enabled were still getting ads on their streams.

These decisions indicate that Twitch is actively trying out ways to do away with ad-blockers, a fight that the platform has lost so far.

Currently, only viewers who use uBlock Origin seem to be affected and can only stream at 360p or 480p.

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With no official confirmation or statement from Twitch, there has been speculation that the reduced stream quality might be the result of an error or bug.

However, only users with that particular ad-blocker appear to have been affected until now, which indeed suggests that the situation is not the result of a glitch.

Published 10 Nov 2020, 17:34 IST
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