Twitch, the video streaming service, announced last week that its annual community convention TwitchCon will be held in San Diego this year. It’s the second time the company is organizing the event and, compared to the first convention, this year’s TwitchCon will have an extra day and will go for three days instead of two.
Announcing TwitchCon 2016! Sept 30 – Oct 2. In sunny San Diego, CA.
— TwitchCon 2016 (@TwitchCon) February 18, 2016
A gamers’ convention
TwitchCon is an event for streamers and gamers that gives the fans and viewers the chance to mingle with the biggest broadcasters. The first ever TwitchCon took place last year in September at Moscone Center in San Francisco and had 20,000 people attending at the event centre and another 1 million tuning in online.
“Our amazing and passionate community of broadcasters, developers, and fans made the first TwitchCon a massive success,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “This year, we will be expanding our footprint and building all new experiences to ensure TwitchCon 2016 is even more compelling.”
TwitchCon heads south, goes annual
This time the convention is moving to the Convention Center in San Diego and will happen in the same month as last year. The event is also expanding from two to three days – a change that potentially came as a result from last year’s feedback for the event – and will be running from Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2.
Amy Brady, the director of global events for Twitch, said that TwitchCon will now turn into an annual event, as the Twitch community “has outgrown our booths at other conventions.”
When asked about the new location, Brady said, “We wanted to explore other locations, yet still remain close enough to our home base of San Francisco given all of the staff that will be attending the event,” and noted that San Diego “has a lot of experience dealing with large fan-driven conventions.”
According to Brady, it is unknown if the move to the new location will be permanent, but with a total capacity at around 125,000, TwitchCon 2016 will surely be huge.
According to the company’s recent report, Twitch users watched more than 20 billion minutes of video each month last year, with 241 billion minutes of video streamed overall.
For now, details about tickets, content, attendees, and other important stuff has yet to be announced and Twitch says, “We’ll have more to announce in the coming weeks and months.”