TwitchCon

TwitchCon is a biannual convention for the live streaming video platform, Twitch, devoted to Twitch and the culture of video game streaming/gaming on-demand. For streamers, it gives them an opportunity to seek improvements for their streams and grow their brand.[1] It also provides fans with a unique chance to meet streamers, play new games, and meet with online communities in real life.[1] The first convention was held in 2015.[2] Through 2018, they have been all held at various convention centers in California, until TwitchCon Europe was announced. The most recent convention was held on September 27-29, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center.[3] TwitchCon is hosted 2 times a year, once in North America, as a 3-day-long event, and once in Europe, as a 2-day-long event.[4]

TwitchCon
TwitchCon 2019 logo.png
TwitchCon logo (Gradient version) since 2019
StatusActive
GenreLive Streaming, Video Games
VenueVaries
Location(s)North America, Europe
InauguratedSeptember 25, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-09-25)
Most recentSeptember 27, 2019; 5 months ago (2019-09-27) TwitchCon San Diego 2019
Next eventSeptember 25, 2020; 5 months' time (2020-09-25) TwitchCon San Diego 2020
Attendance>28,000 (San Diego 2019)
Organized byTwitch Interactive
Websitewww.twitchcon.com

Events by yearEdit

North AmericaEdit

2015Edit

The inaugural TwitchCon was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from September 25–26, 2015. It featured a keynote by CEO Emmett Shear, as well as an after party featuring Finnish electronic musician Darude. All of the convention's panels were streamed live on Twitch.[2] At least 20,000 attended the inaugural event.[5]

2016Edit

 
TwitchCon 2016 in San Diego

On February 18, 2016, Twitch announced that TwitchCon 2016 will expand to a three-day event from September 30 – October 2, 2016 and would move venue to the San Diego Convention Center.[5] 35,000 people attended that year's event, including celebrities Shaquille O'Neal and Snoop Dogg.[6] Over 2.2 million people tuned in online through the 3-day long event, while over 160,000 tweets were sent out across Twitter about TwitchCon.[7] Darude returned to TwitchCon to headline their official party, which took place at Petco Park.[8] The premier sponsors this year were Xbox, Truth, and Amazon Game Studios.[6]

2017Edit

TwitchCon 2017 was held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center from October 20–22, 2017.[9] 50,000 people attended that year's event.[10] The premier sponsors this year included Netmarble, Cygames, Icons Combat Arena, and Razer[11] Esports made its appearance at the TwitchCon Esports Stage involving competitive tournaments such as the H1Z1 Arena, Lineage 2: Revolution 30 vs 30 Fortress Siege Showcase, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Showdown, and others.[12] Popular publishers, like Blizzard and Ubisoft, allowed attendees to try out their latest games.[12]

2018Edit

TwitchCon 2018 was held at the San Jose Convention Center from October 26-28, 2018 in San Jose.[13] The main presentation was held on the first day of the event by djWHEAT, director of Twitch studios, who made numerous statements about forthcoming features for the platform.[14] Tournaments were held featuring games such as, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.[14] The cosplay contest returned to TwitchCon once again, with the winning prize of $15,000 going to Casey Renee.[14] In 2018, TwitchCon introduced a new speaker series that featured Tony Hawk, Kevin Smith, Felicia Day, Emmett Shear and Ninja, who all shared their personal experiences and stories with the attendees.[15] The sponsors for Twitchcon 2018 North America included Kakao Games, Legion by Lenovo, Level up TwitchCon with Twitch Prime, and Intel Streamer Zone.[16] The TwitchCon pre-party for 2018 was held at Pure Nightclub and featured Ninja as well as recording artist, Dillon Francis.[17]

2019Edit

 
Emmett Shear at Twitchcon 2019 Opening ceremony in San Diego.

TwitchCon 2019 took place from September 27–29, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center. TwitchCon 2019 was the debut of the new Twitch logo, Twitchcon logo, and brand design. This was the second time the event has been held in San Diego, with the first being held in 2016.[18][19] The party was held at Petco Park on Saturday September 28. It featured artists such as Blink-182. The sponsors for the 2019 event were Twitch Prime, Wormhole, and Honda. Its main events featured an opening ceremony, Twitch Rivals competitions, Meet & Greets with popular streamers, a party at Petco Park, a cosplay contest hosted by Adam Savage, and a painting class taught by a Bob Ross certified instructor. [20] Upwards of 28,000 people attended TwitchCon San Diego 2019, and 10,000 attended the party at Petco Park.[21]

2020Edit

TwitchCon 2020 is an upcoming event planned to take place from September 25–27, 2020 in at the San Diego Convention Center. This will be the third time overall and the second time in succession the event will be held in San Diego.[4] The TwitchCon San Diego Sponsors for 2020 have not been announced yet.

EuropeEdit

2019Edit

The inaugural TwitchCon Europe took place at CityCube Berlin in Germany on April 13–14, 2019.[22] This was the first time that TwitchCon headed overseas. The premier sponsors this year included LevlUp, Gillette, Intel and Twitch Prime. American actor, singer, producer, and businessman David Hasselhoff appeared as a motivational speaker at the event.[23] Attendees had to be over the age of 18 to enter TwitchCon Berlin.[24]

2020 (cancelled)Edit

TwitchCon Europe 2020 was scheduled to take place at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam from May 2–3, 2020.[4] The 2020 Europe TwitchCon Sponsors were not announced due to the event being cancelled. Attendees would have had to be over the age of 16 [25] to attend TwitchCon Amsterdam. On March 6, 2020, it was announced that TwitchCon Amsterdam 2020 would be cancelled due to concerns regarding the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[26] This is the first time any TwitchCon event has been cancelled.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "What is TwitchCon? FAQs". TwitchCon 2018.
  2. ^ a b "TwitchCon 2015: What it is, and what to watch". Polygon. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.twitchcon.com/#na
  4. ^ a b c Hawkins, Josh (September 27, 2019). "Twitch announces TwitchCon 2020 dates and locations". Shacknews. Retrieved September 27, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Sarkar, Samit (February 18, 2016). "TwitchCon 2016 announced, coming to San Diego this September". Polygon. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Freitas, Evan (October 12, 2016). "That's a wrap on TwitchCon 2016!". Twitch. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Freitas, Evan (October 12, 2016). "That's a wrap TwitchCon 2016!". Twitch.
  8. ^ Freitas, Evan (July 12, 2016). "TwitchCon 2016 update: Party, panels, and more". Twitch.
  9. ^ Sarkar, Samit (January 10, 2017). "TwitchCon 2017 announced for late October". Polygon. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Grady, Angel (October 23, 2017). "Twitch Welcomed Gamers at TwitchCon 2017". OC Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  11. ^ "TwitchCon 2017 Sponsors". TwitchCon.
  12. ^ a b Albert, Brian (September 14, 2017). "Announcing TwitchCon 2017's exhibitors, sponsors, and activities". Twitch.
  13. ^ Lumb, David (February 28, 2018). "TwitchCon returns to the Bay Area on October 26th". Engadget. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  14. ^ a b c Arguello, Diego (October 30, 2018). "Everything that happened at TwitchCon 2018". Digital Trends.
  15. ^ "Twitch Talks: Stories from Tony Hawk, Kevin Smith and Felicia Day". TwitchCon 2018.
  16. ^ "Just announced: TwitchCon 2018 sponsors, exhibitors, and esports events". TwitchCon 2018.
  17. ^ "TwitchCon pre-party with Ninja x Dillon Francis 10.25.18". Pure Nightclub.
  18. ^ Vincent, Brittany (February 20, 2019). "TwitchCon 2019 Returns To San Diego Convention Center With Fifth Annual Event". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  19. ^ Garrett, Eric. "Twitch Reveals First Details for TwitchCon 2019". comicbook/wwg. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  20. ^ Church, Alec (October 4, 2019). "TwitchCon's Triumphant Return to the San Diego Convention Center". San Diego Convention Center. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  21. ^ "Sponsor or Exhibit at TwitchCon". TwitchCon. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  22. ^ Crecente, Brian (November 21, 2018). "TwitchCon Expands to Europe in 2019". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Twitch Talks are back for TwitchCon Europe. These are your next speakers". Twitch. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  24. ^ "TwitchCon Berlin tickets". TwitchCon. Archived from the original on September 26, 2019. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  25. ^ "TwitchCon Amsterdam". TwitchCon Amsterdam. Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  26. ^ "TwitchCon Amsterdam cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns". Dexerto.com. Retrieved 2020-03-06.

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