After backlash from attendees and even some online streamers, Twitchcon San Diego released a statement regarding mask requirements, vaccinations, and even testing for attendees as Monkeypox and COVID-19 cases continue to mount. rise in California, as first reported by The Verge.
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A photo taken at the Tokyo Game Show on September 21, 2018 shows the logo of VOD and video game streaming company Twitch.
“We want TwitchCon to be a place where our entire community can come together and celebrate. It should be an inclusive event for everyone, and that means taking steps to make sure as many people as possible feel included. comfortable with the safety precautions we are taking.” taking,” Twitch said.
According to the updated TwitchCon Health Measures FAQ, they will now require masks in indoor spaces, excluding the Kappa Cabana and TwitchCon party that will be held outdoors, and proof of at least 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test result no later than 72 hours before the event.
Backlash from participants and streamers
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SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Fans cheer during the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 at the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California.
Prior to the term, attendees and streamers expressed hesitation about the said event as they were not comfortable and safe due to the two viruses. Twitch partner Garry Whitta said in an interview for The Verge that he had previously booked a hotel for said event, but completely changed his mind after learning about the old policy.
Merry Kish, Director of Community Marketing for Twitch, also confirmed via Twitter the sudden changes to said event as she was approached by a Twitch partner regarding this issue.
Twitch said in the statement that they recognize some attendees’ disappointment with the new health measures, but attendee safety is their top priority. For people who won’t be comfortable with these measures, the company is offering refunds through August 19 if ever attendees can’t handle the newly updated guidelines for the convention.
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Attendees at TwitchCon San Diego 2022
Big names from the gaming community are confirmed to attend the convention such as Tyleroakley, DisgustedToast, MsAshRocks, Pokimaine and Neeko.
Twitch is teasing attendees that more names will soon be revealed to join the convention in October. Meet and greets and photo opportunities are also possible.
The three-day event will feature different activities such as Creator Camps, Community Panels, Interactive Sessions, Expo, and more where the Twitch community can enjoy the whole experience.
3 tickets are available on their website at the moment. The 1-day ticket costs $129 and the 3-day ticket costs $199. The other 3-day ticket will have access to the TwitchCon party and costs $229.
All ticket holders will receive Swag Bags from Twitch.
The State of California Regarding COVID-19
Cases from June 9 to August 3 average 12,000 people who tested positive for the said virus, which is why some are very hesitant to attend the event. Therefore, health protocols will be implemented to prevent more cases during the event.
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