The big news which was being teased by Twitch this week has finally been revealed [and you’ll have to do your own drumroll, I’m afraid, blame budget cuts]: It’s the first-ever TwitchCon, and it’s coming this September.
Watch the “The Big Announcement”.
Conventions, conventions, conventions. Everybody gets a convention. Facebook has F8. Twitter has Flight. Salesforce has Dreamforce. TechCrunch has TC Disrupt.
And now, Twitch has TwitchCon.
The company describes the conference as “an interactive convention for broadcasters and viewers alike to meet each other, learn how to take your Twitch game to the next level, and play together.”
Plans are still underway, and Twitch would like the community’s input on what should happen at the event. A new Twitter account, @twitchconsf, opened moments ago, and Twitch staff will be starting a dialogue there, as well as using the #twitchweekly Twitter tag.
A press release states that those who attend will be able to meet their favorite broadcasters, have the opportunity to experience live content broadcast directly from the convention center, and “learn from the community’s thought-leaders.”
There currently isn’t much other information, but Twitch says there will be more details on tickets, scheduling and accommodations in the weeks and months to come.
The livestream hosts initially trolled viewers by announcing a purple Twitch hoodie was now available on Amazon, but unfortunately that’s not true. Shame, it was a nice hoodie.
Watch the “The Troll Announcement”.
Broadcasters and viewers looking for more information can sign up at Twitch’s dedicated hub page.
Here is our official press release:
Twitch Announces TwitchCon 2015
First official Twitch community convention comes to Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA on September 25-26
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 20, 2015 – Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, today announced TwitchCon 2015, the company’s first ever convention dedicated to Twitch’s community of partners, broadcasters, and viewers.
- What: TwitchCon
- When: September 25-26, 2015
- Where: Moscone West, San Francisco, CA
Created as a celebration of all things Twitch, the convention will attract members of the Twitch community from all over the globe. Attendees will have the chance to mingle with each other and their favorite broadcasters, experience live content from the convention center, and learn from the community’s thought-leaders.
“Twitch broadcasters have the most passionate fans, so we want to create an amazing experience where they can come together in person,” said Emmett Shear, CEO, Twitch. “TwitchCon will be an opportunity for the entire community – broadcasters, game developers, viewers, and us – to play and learn together.”
The event is being co-produced by Twitch and ReedPOP, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world.
More details about TwitchCon will be revealed over the coming months including an initial schedule and a call for content. For updates, please visit the TwitchCon homepage and subscribe to the official Twitch Twitter feed.
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire esports scene. In February 2014, Twitch was ranked the 4th largest website in terms of peak internet traffic in the U.S., fortifying the brand as an entertainment industry leader and the epicenter of social video for gamers. For more information visit the Twitch website and the blog.
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions that is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, and the UFC Fan Expo. In 2013, ReedPOP added Star Wars Celebration Europe and PAX Australia to its rapidly expanding portfolio of international events. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.