Feb 18 2016 - 1:59 pm

TwitchCon 2016 is heading to San Diego, will be held over 3 days

After a successful inaugural TwitchCon last year, Twitch’s annual community convention is back in 2016—this time with a new venue
Dot Esports Managing Editor
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After a successful inaugural TwitchCon last year, Twitch’s annual community convention is back in 2016—this time with a new venue.

Last year, 20,000 people come through the doors of the Moscone Center in San Francisco on Sept. 25 and 26, with another 1 million watching the panels, demonstrations, and competitions online.

Twitch is the biggest video game streaming platform in the world. Founded in 2011, it now has over 1.7 million people broadcasting each month. TwitchCon brings together the community of Twitch broadcasters with their viewers, as well as industry experts, game developers, and Twitch staff. There are meet-and-greets, competitions between streamers in games like H1Z1 and Smash Bros., and panels discussing everything from women in esports, to how to develop a community as a streamer.

This year, TwitchCon will be held over three days, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Many of the attendees at TwitchCon 2015 suggested the extra day as feedback after the event. They felt like two days just weren't enough time to fit everything in.

Last year, TwitchCon took over the entirety of San Francisco's Moscone Center, and this year the event is sure to be even bigger. With the total capacity for the San Diego Convention Center at around 125,000, TwitchCon 2016 is sure to be huge—though it's not likely to take over the entirety of that space.

“Our amazing and passionate community of broadcasters, developers, and fans made the first TwitchCon a massive success,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear in a statement. “This year, we will be expanding our footprint and building all new experiences to ensure TwitchCon 2016 is even more compelling.”

While Twitch has yet to announce any details of these “new experiences," it did say it will be revealing more in the coming months, including an initial schedule.

Twitch users watched more than 20 billion minutes of video each month last year, with 241 billion minutes of video streamed overall, the company recently revealed.

Photo by peasap/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Kevin Morris

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