The Big Events to Watch for at Twitchcon this year
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Twitch announced the first-round of exhibitors, sponsors, and showcases that will be presented at TwitchCon 2017. This year attendees will be treated to a larger expo floor and expanded list of activities compared to last year with more than 180 participating game publishers, developers, and vendors. Amazon Prime Members, don’t forget to check on your TwitchPrime account, located her on Amazon, for the free loot and extras this month.
TwitchCon 2017 is taking place on October 20-22 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA, with a special Developer Day nearby on October 19. To receive TwitchCon-specific updates, visit the TwitchCon homepage to sign up for the newsletter or follow the TwitchCon Twitter feed. All official TwitchCon livestreams will be viewable via the TwitchCon portal.
This year’s Expo Floor will feature a wide range of notable publishers and developers, such as Ubisoft, Epic Games, Nexon M, Blizzard Entertainment, Hi-Rez Studios, Jackbox Games, Trion Worlds, Digital Extremes, Studio Wildcard, and Devolver Digital. There will also be showcases featuring the latest hardware and software from Alienware, Intel, CORSAIR, Oculus, Lenovo, Xsplit, HP Omen, and Toshiba.
The Party, presented By H1Z1, will have TwitchCon taking over the entire harbor and the Queen Mary for a Dark Harbor party on Saturday, October 21. All Saturday and 3-day badge holders will have free admission to the party which includes gaming stations, rides, haunted mazes, concession stands, and more.
Twitch Prime will be hosting some of the community’s favorite games all weekend long, including titles with exclusive content that Twitch Prime members can get right now. Be sure to visit the LAN for giveaways for TwitchCon attendees and check the TwitchCon mobile app for a full schedule of games.
The World of Warcraft Community Art Exhibition will feature the art of Azeroth, where fans can explore an interactive World of Warcraft art exhibit featuring pieces by talented community creators from around the world. Attendees will also get to watch artists in action—and root for their favorite faction—as they bring the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance to life LIVE on a pair of canvases on-site.
TwitchCon Arcade presented by Child’s Play returns for its second year, featuring arcade fun all weekend long with feature tournaments and a livestream hosted by pinball star Jack Danger of Dead_Flip. The TwitchCon Charity Plaza presented by Tiltify features 10 charities that have been supported by Twitch creators over the past year, as well as ushering in the return of the popular TwitchCon Charity Decathlon. Since many of the most popular Twitch creators are attending TwitchCon, Twitch has partnered with Intel to set up state of the art stations to let them stream live from the show floor, complete with audio from Turtle Beach.
Turtle Beach is providing an additional area complete with PC rigs featuring keyboards and mice from CORSAIR.
Since learning is a key part of the show, the Streamer Workshop highlights products and services beneficial to creators. Participants in the Streamer Workshops area include GameWisp, StreamElements, Opera Event, Tobii Gaming, Blue Microphones, XSplit. Player.Me, StreamHatchet, and Lightstream. Find these folks onsite or tune into the TwitchCon Indie/Workshop stream live from the show to see live demonstrations as well.
Twitch fans and creators love indie and mobile games, with this area designed to highlight select titles. Among the many featured developers are BANDAI NAMCO, Exato Games, Novaquark, Secret Cow Level, Holospark, Finji, Whimsy Games, Craftven, Pocketwatch Games, Visionary Realms, Sensible Object, nWay, Klabater, Doborog Games, and Versus Evil. Play with these developers onsite or tune into the TwitchCon Indie/Workshop stream to see live demonstrations.
The Creative Corner is even bigger this year, featuring a gallery of broadcaster creations, live painting, and an Artist Alley. Attendees can purchase prints, paintings, drawings, and more from over 70 different artists.
The Bob Ross Paint-Along returns this year and will be held on 10/21 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. The class is taught by CRI Friday regular Nic Hankins and is available for free to the first 300 students to arrive. Check in at the Bob Ross booth #1551 in Creative Corner for more details, while online viewers can grab their paints and participate remotely by tuning into Twitch Presents.
TwitchCon’s main stage for marquee content is back, beginning with the TwitchCon keynote to open the weekend. It will also feature other favorites like the Cosplay Contest, Talent Show, PJSaltan of Stream Finals, Comedy Roasts, Streamer Showdown, and the Twitch Yearly retrospective to wrap up the show. This is a showcase for hand-selected content featuring some of the most entertaining groups on Twitch. Expected highlights include some of your favorite role players, talk show hosts, and more. Watch for a complete schedule announcement coming soon.
The TableTop Area will offer boardgames, card games, and social games that are a favorite pastime for attendees to relax and play tournaments together. The Kappa Cabana Lounge, for attendees 21+, features lawn games, beverages, and music from NoCopyRightSounds. Esports will have a major presence at TwitchCon 2017 with the TwitchCon Esports Stage featuring the H1Z1 Arena, Lineage 2, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Showdown, OMEN Challenge: PUBG Edition, Shadowverse Showdown, 1v1 Challenge and Team Dignitas Showdown.
The Oktoberbrawl is a special event that kicked off in early September featuring two teams of Hearthstone luminaries facing off in weekly grudge matches with the final showdown happening at TwitchCon. As a special bonus, after Twitch CEO Emmett Shear was victorious against Blizzard CEO Michael Morhaime in a Hearthstone match at TwitchCon 2015, the two industry titans will enter the arena again for an epic rematch. Attendees 21+ can also view the TwitchCon Esports Stage programming from the Bud Light All-Stars Lounge in the esports area.