Twitch booth at the convention features lots of purple and has people milling around
TwitchCon's Triumphant Return to the San Diego Convention Center

A sea of purple spread out from our building throughout downtown and across the San Diego region. That purple is Twitch.

TwitchCon is the semi-annual gathering of Twitch, the livestreaming platform that as of May 2018 has 15 million daily active users.

In 2016, the San Diego Convention Center proudly hosted the second annual TwitchCon, which has since split into two annual events TwitchCon North America and TwitchCon Europe. Three years later, San Diego welcomed more than 28,000 attendees to the now massive event.

At the opening ceremony of TwitchCon 2019, Twitch's own Director of Creative Development Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham said:

"Tonight we kick off the fifth TwitchCon in North America. TwitchCon in North America has never seen a repeat venue until now… When we were planning for TwitchCon 2016, our little event was just a very small slice of the massive building that is the San Diego Convention Center. But here we are three years later, and because of you, the creators, the moderators, the viewers, the memers and the dreamers, this event is twice the size that it was in 2016."

TwitchCon lobby with crowds and colorful signage

Part of TwitchCon is that it is like a family reunion for people who usually only see each other online. Another part is the assortment of fun attractions, including:

  • The Twitch Rivals competitions, bringing Esports tournaments to San Diego with games like Fortnite and League of Legends.
  • Meet and greets where attendees can say hello to their favorite streamers.
  • A massive party at Petco Park, including live music and entertainment.
  • A cosplay contest co-hosted by Mythbuster's Adam Savage.
  • A Bob Ross-style painting class? Yup.

For a livestreaming event, a strong and stable internet connection is essential for success. Our partners from Smart City, who provide the utilities to our customers, recently installed a significant upgrade. They added category 6 and fiber optic cables to 234 floor boxes that are placed throughout Hall A, B and C of the Convention Center.

This means that exhibitors are able to get high-speed internet to their booth directly from ports in the floor, and not have to use Wi-Fi or hang any long cables from the catwalks near the ceiling. This was extremely effective at TwitchCon, where so many of the booths require access to the internet with high download and upload speeds.

Large blue exhibitor booth with people at computer stations

Rocket League, a game by local San Diego game developer Psyonix, had several gaming stations in their booth at TwitchCon.

Another area we'd like to recognize is our food and beverage partner, Centerplate. They oversee all of the food at the Convention Center, and even curated some special local icons for us, who were set up on the outdoor terraces. This special collaboration by Centerplate helped give TwitchCon a truly unique, local and “delicious” feel. The special additions for food and drink included BIGA, Rita's Italian Ice, Lola 55, and Wild Bill's.

Even a rare cloudy morning in San Diego couldn't slow these hungry TwitchCon attendees.

We are proud to have hosted this year's TwitchCon. Check out the below video to see some footage from the event. Then mark your calendars because they announced they are coming back next year!

 

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Posted by Alec Church, on October 4, 2019

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