Over the past few years, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center has invested $40 million into modernizing the design and functionality of their event space, and with more and more popular conventions choosing Long Beach as home, we’d say the investment is more than paying off.
The world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, Twitch, is the latest convention to select Long Beach as the venue for their event. Twitch’s third annual TwitchCon which will take place this year from October 20 to October 22. Last year’s event, which took place in San Diego, attracted more than 35,000 fans. The show often brings with it announcements of new features for the company.
TwitchCon Director, Krystal Herring, explained that DTLB was chosen for our proximity to several airports and availability of hotels, not to mention the plethora of entertainment Downtown, with more than 150 restaurants within 10 blocks of the convention center. Many of TwitchCon’s events take place at meet-ups at local restaurants and venues – so expect a gamer invasion come October.
Twitch was a spin-off of Justin.tv, one of the first livestreaming-video sites online. It launched in June 2011, and has since been acquired by Amazon for nearly one billion dollars. Each day, close to 10 million visitors gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 2 million streamers. Recently, Twitch has branched out from a sole focus gaming. They’ve expanded, with a new creative channel category, which allows people to broadcast their artistic side from painting to music and are doing a push to get users to livestream more of their everyday lives.
“It was through the passion of our creators, exhibitors, and fans that TwitchCon doubled in size in its first two years,” said Herring, “Our goal this year is to continue celebrating all things Twitch, including the newer broader scope of content on our platform. With our IRL (in real life) category for vlogging and our upcoming mobile streaming app, even people who can’t attend will be able to connect with their favorite broadcasters and friends who can.”
To receive TwitchCon-specific updates, visit the TwitchCon homepage to sign up for the newsletter or follow the TwitchCon Twitter feed. Tickets are not yet on sale for TwitchCon 2017, but we’ll keep you updated as details are announced.