TwitchCon, the convention for the Twitch community, will return for a second year this fall, although not to the same place: TwitchCon 2016 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Twitch announced today.
The inaugural TwitchCon took place last September at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. This year, the show is expanding from two days to three: TwitchCon 2016 will run from Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2.
TwitchCon will now be an annual event, said Amy Brady, director of global events for Twitch, because the Twitch community "has outgrown our booths at other conventions." Asked about the change in location this year, Brady told Polygon, "We wanted to explore other locations, yet still remain close enough to our home base of San Francisco given all of the staff that will be attending the event," and noted that San Diego "has a lot of experience dealing with large fan-driven conventions."
At this point, Twitch isn't saying whether the move to San Diego is permanent. "We plan TwitchCon one year at a time, so you never know," said Brady.
More than 20,000 people attended TwitchCon 2015, and that figure looks poised to increase this year with an extra day of the convention and its new location — the San Diego Convention Center is the same massive venue that hosts Comic-Con International. Brady said that "it's too soon to predict the turnout" for TwitchCon 2016 but that "all signs point to a bigger draw," partly because "many of our community regretted they didn’t attend last year after hearing about the experience from those who did."
You can see the TwitchCon 2016 logo below.