First and formerly foremost ACG (anime, comic, games) video site, AcFun, has gone offline again following rumors that it was struggling to pay the bills. Attempts to reach the website return errors citing unresponsive servers and the app is not loading. Rumors yesterday suggested the company’s servers had been or would be switched off.

According to local media (in Chinese), the platform’s channels became unresponsive around 10.30am this morning. The company itself said at 9.50am this morning via Weibo: “[crying emoji] We want to live for 500 years”. This followed its 00.12am announcement: “[cat face emoji]”. Previous to that, its Weibo feed had been its run-of-the-mill content postings.

Popularly known as A Station (A), AcFun was previously the largest ACG content video platform in China until Bilibili surpassed it.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...