A streamer says she broke her back in two places, and will require surgery, after jumping into an apparently unsafe foam pit at TwitchCon San Diego. Another streamer dislocated her knee on the same stand.
“Well, I broke my back in two places and am getting surgery to put a meter rod in for support today,” streamer and adult performer Adriana Chechik tweeted on Sunday. Her fall was caught on video by fellow streamer Jake Lucky. The video’s embedded below, but be warned, it’s an uncomfortable watch.
Probably the most painful thing I’ve seen in awhile. Twitch streamer Adriana Chechik has confirmed broken her back in two separate places following this jump at TwitchCon pic.twitter.com/QdojGn5UtG— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) October 9, 2022
After an American Gladiators-style battle with foam batons over the pit, Chechik is seen jumping in, shouting in pain, and saying, “I can’t get up.”
In a separate, but very similar incident at the same stand, streamer LochVaness reported dislocating her knee and spraining her ankle after jumping in. “I will never be able to trust Twitch at another convention in my entire life,” she tweeted, with video. Again, the video is embedded below and is painful to watch.
Another attendee said he “went right through the foam and hit the concrete floor” after jumping into the foam pit, though he reported no injuries. Many attendees said the pit seemed dangerously shallow.
went right through the foam and hit the concrete floor https://t.co/AT64tSRVhG— John Hamburger Jr (@BronzeHammer) October 9, 2022
One attendee told Polygon that they had to sign a waiver before participating in the foam pit, and were given instructions not to hit or kick, but no safety instructions.
The foam pit was part of a stand sponsored by Lenovo and Intel. A Lenovo representative told Polygon it intended to “look into the incidents.”
“We are aware of the incidents of TwitchCon visitors who sustained injuries in the gladiator game soft foam pit at the Lenovo booth,” the Lenovo spokesperson said. “Safety remains our top priority and we are working with event organizers to look into the incidents.”
Twitch declined to comment.
Update (Oct. 11): This story has been updated to include comment from a Lenovo representative.