|Location(s)||North America, Europe|
|Inaugurated||September 25, 2015|
|Most recent||September 27, 2019|
|Organized by||Twitch Interactive|
TwitchCon is an annual convention for the live streaming video platform, Twitch.tv, 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. It also provides fans with a unique chance to meet streamers, play new games, and meet with online communities in real life. The first convention was held in 2015. Through 2018, they have been all held at various convention centers in California. The most recent convention was held in September 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Events by year
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. At least 20,000 attended the inaugural event.
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. 35,000 people attended that year's event, including celebrities Shaquille O'Neal and Snoop Dogg. 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. Darude returned to TwitchCon to headline their official party, which took place at Petco Park. The premier sponsors this year were Xbox, truth, and Amazon GameStudios.
TwitchCon 2017 was held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center from October 20–22, 2017. 50,000 people attended that year's event. The premier sponsors this year included netmarble, Cygames, Icons Combat Arena, and Razer. 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. Popular publishers, like Blizzard and Ubisoft, allowed attendees to try out their latest games.
TwitchCon 2018 was held at the San Jose Convention Center from October 26–28, 2018 in San Jose. The keystone 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. Tournaments were held that included games such as, Fortnite, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 new Blackout mode. The cosplay contest returned to TwitchCon once again, with the winning prize of $15,000 going to Casey Renee. This year, 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 people who attended. The premier sponsors at this year's event included Kakao Games, Legion by Lenovo, Level up TwitchCon with TwitchPrime, and Intel Streamer Zone. This year's TwitchCon pre-party was held at Pure Nightclub and featured popular Twitch streamer, Ninja, as well as recording artist, Dillon Francis.
TwitchCon 2020 will take place from September 25–27, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center. This will be the third time overall and the second time in succession the event will been held in San Diego. The "TwitchCon North America" section of the TwitchCon site has since been changed to "TwitchCon San Diego".
The inaugural TwitchCon Europe took place at CityCube Berlin in Germany on April 13–14, 2019. 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.
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