Unblock Twitch using a VPN
What is Twitch?
Twitch is an online streaming service that has attracted incredible amounts of traffic since its inception. A relatively new company ( introduced in 2011), Twitch has become one of the most widely used services online. This is due to the content that is shared on the website. Twitch.tv is an online streaming service where people can share their gaming videos and walkthroughs for different games.
The focus on gaming related videos has attracted a large crowd of gamers who look to twitch.tv for walkthroughs for the games they play whenever they get stuck at any particular stage. It also airs e-sports events and gaming-related talks. In a bid to attract more people on its website than just gamers, Twitch has initiated music and creative content sharing as well.
What is the problem?
Twitch is a really attractive service for gamers all over the world. It is basically a big honeypot for sharing videos related to any game or discussing gaming related stuff with fellow gamers. However, Twitch is not accessible in all areas of the world. It’s not the service that is limited. Twitch itself is not a geo-restricted service. It is only that certain countries block their users from accessing Twitch as a part of their internet censorship policies.
There are countries like China, Iran, etc., that enforce heavy internet censorship on their users and monitor their online activity constantly. In such countries, twitch.tv is banned. So if you are an avid gamer living in a country where Twitch is banned, you are being deprived of one of the most exciting web services available for a gamer.
Although censorship laws can lead to Twitch being blocked in your area, there is a way around it, which is a VPN.
How VPNs can help
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. A VPN service links users computer to a server in a country of their choice via encrypted tunnel – for example, a person can appear to be in the U.S., while they actually are in Europe, and vice versa, simply by choosing a different VPN server location. A VPN service like NordVPN would allow you to substitute your current IP address with the IP address of ..say the United States so you can connect to Twitch as if you were in the United States.
The tunnel that VPNs create is encrypted. This keep your online activity hidden from anyone who wishes to spy on you. The only thing anyone can see is that you are connected to a VPN. So if you use a VPN, you can hide your online activity and thus bypass the censorship enforced in your area – and share and watch videos on Twitch.TV.
Important to note
When bypassing censorship and reclaiming your internet freedom – it is important to choose a VPN provider that does not keep user logs. NordVPN strongly believes in zero log policy, which means that we don’t log any information about our customers online activity. Why would we? We don’t intent to store or share it with anyone ever. We are based in Panama, that does not have a mandatory data retention law (we’d move otherwise). In short, no log policy is key in providing the utter most security to our customers, and not keeping user logs ensures both the user privacy and safety.