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TwitchCon San Diego canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The convention may be going to ‘an alternate dimension’

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TwitchCon’s San Diego event, which was due to be held in the fall of 2020, has been canceled by organizers due to ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic.

TwitchCon is run by streaming platform Twitch, and offers a place for streamers and their fans to gather. These conventions offer meet-and-greets, esports tournaments, signings, access to games that have yet to be released, and other streaming-related events.

“Due to restrictions on large gatherings and ongoing concerns for the health and safety of our community, the Twitch Team, and the local San Diego community, we have decided to cancel TwitchCon San Diego this fall,” reads an official statement from the TwitchCon Twitter account. “While we can’t gather in person, we’re exploring ways that we could join forces in an alternate dimension later this year.”

The Twitch team previously canceled the European version of the convention, which was set to be held in Amsterdam. The convention has been running yearly since 2015.

Other gaming and esports events have been canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic. When Twitch mentions an “alternate dimension”, it’s possible that there will be an online event later this year or in 2021, which would follow in the footsteps of other major gaming events like BlizzCon.

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