Twitch held its annual convention, TwitchCon San Diego, this past weekend. This was the 5th such event in the United States, which now shares a semi-annual schedule with TwitchCon Europe.
The inaugural TwitchCon took place in 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, California. Originally boasting 20,000 original attendees, it has consistently increased up to 50,000 until Twitch stopped publicly releasing numbers in 2017. The following years have remained within California, including San Diego (2016), Long Beach (2017), San Jose (2018), and back to San Diego (2019). Twitch announced at this year’s closing ceremony that San Diego will continue to be the location for 2020.
As Twitch’s platform continues to evolve and grow, so, too does its premier event each year. Originally a two-day event, TwitchCon 2017 was the first year that offered three days for sale. 2018 introduced Artist Alley and Esports tournaments, showcasing its breadth in site content at the convention level. The TwitchCon Party has been a remarkable addition to the convention in the last few years, however, is the TwitchCon Party worth it?
Twitch team has utilized their ever-increasing attendance rate to host these extravagant parties. Although there is a separate entrance charge, Twitch has managed to sell out each year’s allotment of tickets. This year, the cost of the TwitchCon Party was $30, which was up from the previous year’s $10. However, for that cost, Twitch rented out a stadium each year to host notable musical guests such as Darude, Dillon Francis, and Blink 182.
Last year was the induction of TwitchCon Ambassadors, carefully selected members of the Twitch community that exemplified what it means to an ideal Twitch community leader and content creator. The very first Twitch Ambassadors for 2018 were Avajaijai, Data_Dave, DeejayKnight, DistractedElf, Djarii, Elspeth, EXBC, Gibson, Pokimane, Sequisha, Skybilz, ThatBronzeGirl, UmiNoKaiju, Wish, and Xmiramira [link each streamer with their Twitch channel].
2018 was the same year that Twitch offered up a development roadmap for its streamers, moderators, and viewers, introducing exciting features or much-needed renovations to existing features. Twitch Sings, Squad Streaming, Bounty Board, new moderation settings, Channel Points, an ad experience overhaul, and updates to sub badges were all included in the last two years’ roadmaps.
Last year’s show in San Jose was not without its faults. Twitch has been extremely strict with its security, claiming no backpacks were allowed entry to the venue and proceeded to give out TwitchCon Partner backpack gifts for attending the show. Badge printers malfunctioned, causing dramatic waiting times. Those who waited in the 8+ hour line on Friday were awarded free access to Saturday’s show.
However, TwitchCon has become a principal way for established streamers to reconnect with their friends and their communities, for everyone to network with content creators and businesses alike, as well as hardware and software companies to introduce fresh innovations to the market using the best hardcore testers they can muster: live video broadcasters.
Contributed by TiltedTrojan for technisportusa.com