TwitchCon update: Let them eat cake edition
TwitchCon 2016 is a mere ten days away and the hype is reaching a fever pitch. We’ve announced the panels, we’ve introduced our featured guests and exhibitors, and now we’ve got fresh info to share, including the identity of our no-longer-a-mystery party headliner!
TwitchCon: The Party
First, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. We’re finally able to reveal that TwitchCon: The Party will be headlined by Dim Mak’s Steve Aoki! He’s joining the previously announced Darude and T-Pain for what will be an incredible night of music at Petco Park. Oh, and we hear there will be cake..
The Party is kicking off with the craziness of the HP ‘Heroes of the Storm’ OMEN Challenge and doors open at 5:30pm. Don’t have a party ticket yet? Tickets are still available to TwitchCon badge holders, so get yours today.
We’re taking our esports game up a notch this year with the TwitchCon Arena. This special spot on the TwitchCon show floor is where you can test your might against some world-class competition, and check out exhibition matches on stage. All games featured on stage will also be playable for attendees in the TwitchCon Arena LAN. If you can’t make it to San Diego, fans at home can watch all the action at www.twitch.tv/twitchconarena.
Here’s a rundown of what’s being played and who’s playing it, all times are PDT:
Friday 9/30 3pm: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive exhibition matches featuring imCoty, OMGItsFirefoxx, Summit1g, 2mgovercsquared, missharvey, timthetatman, and many more.
Saturday 10/1 12pm: RuneScape: Battle Mode Tournament finals will crown its 2016 champion. After three months of battling in RuneScape’s current season of Deadman Mode, the top competitors will face off in a final hour involving up to 2,000 players with one taking home $10,000.
Saturday, 10/1, 3:15 pm: Overwatch exhibition matches featuring Lirik, Ellohime, MissesMae, Fairlight_Excalibur, and Haylinic, among others.
Sunday, 10/2 11am: Daybreak’s H1Z1 Invitational concludes after months of competitions. Last year’s Invitational was the talk of TwitchCon 2015, so you won’t want to miss this one. The prize pool is currently over $191,000 and climbing.
Sunday, 10/2, 2:15pm: Rocket League exhibition matches featuring Goldglove, lolrenaynay, Gassymexican, FemSteph, and FuturemanGaming, and more.
Esports Viewing Lounge
On top of everything going down at the TwitchCon Arena, there are also many other esports tournaments taking place over the weekend. So, because you can’t be in two places at once, we’ve set up an Esports Viewing Lounge where you can relax and watch events like the LCS World Championship, ESL One New York, Overwatch World Cup, and more.
Bob Ross Paint-Along
You knew we couldn’t have TwitchCon without celebrating the magic of Bob Ross, and we’ve partnered with the Bob Ross Company to do something really special. Join us for a Bob Ross Paint-Along on Sunday, October 2 at 10:30 am. Pre-sale Tickets are available for $99 at www.bobross.com/twitchclass and come with a painter starter kit (which includes canvas and paint for multiple works). If you are not attending the show get your paint kits ordered (or at-home supplies ready) and join the Bob Ross Paint-Along as well as the other sessions all weekend on the Bob Ross Twitch Channel.
This is an area designed in partnership with AnyKey to give attendees a chance to connect with organizations that are helping to make Twitch a welcoming place for everyone. Featured exhibitors include AnyKey, Hack Harassment, Online SOS, and I Need Diverse Games. In the City, visitors can learn about their initiatives and meet guest streamers that are raising awareness of their causes. Inclusivity City will also host a tournament presented by Smash Sisters, a series of women’s crew battles featuring Super Smash Bros. games. Attendees are invited to network with inclusivity agents, or host their own small meetups in this space.
Looking for some extra loot to take home from TwitchCon? Here’s another chance. Introducing, TwitchQuest. A convention-long scavenger hunt that kicks off via the TwitchCon app. TwitchQuest is an interactive, story-driven experience will send you across the show floor solving riddles, meeting Twitch employees for clues, visiting various booths to play game demos, and scanning QR codes. Upon completing your various challenges, you’ll have chances to win swag, Bits, or a grand prize trip to TwitchCon 2017! Also keep an eye out for exclusive side quests with partners such as Swarm by Foursquare, Curse, and AMP Energy.
TwitchCon Streamer Zone — Powered by Intel & Turtle Beach
In addition to streaming all the content from every TwitchCon panel room, we’ve also set up streamer pods on the show floor so Twitch Partners can stream from their own channels to fans who were unable to attend the show. There will also be an international portion, with streamers from a different global region featured each day. We’ve got a great lineup planned, so check out the full schedule right here.
Amazon Game Studios Unboxing Event & Afterparty
Because we just can’t wait to get TwitchCon started, in partnership with Amazon, we’re holding a special Amazon Game Studios Unboxing Event & Afterparty on TwitchCon Eve. Join us to get a first look at some of the games Amazon’s been working on, and a deep dive into their first release, Breakaway. All TwitchCon 2016 attendees are invited to attend. The event starts at 6:00 pm sharp (doors open at 5:30 pm) on Thursday, September 29 at the San Diego Symphony Hall. RSVP here.
Time for us to start packing up and breaking out the purple paint, we’ll see you in ten days San Diego!