The cancellation of TwitchCon San Diego 2020 was something that had always been on our minds but never actually a reality until now. Twitch announced on Twitter that, due to safety concerns for the staff, the creators, and the San Diego community, TwitchCon needed to be cancelled.
This isn’t the first event to be cancelled by Twitch due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TwitchCon Amsterdam, which was scheduled for early May, was cancelled in March. The pandemic’s effects go beyond just Twitch when it comes to the gaming world; the gaming expo E3 was cancelled due to coronavirus. Esports LAN events are currently being played exclusively online.
The current outlook for the Coronavirus clearly is not a positive one. TwitchCon was scheduled for late September, and even then it was cancelled. It is unknown if Twitch plans to postpone the event for a later date in 2020. Currently, there are no signs of the event being rescheduled, and this is an outright cancellation. Twitch staff did state that they’re “exploring ways that we could join forces in an alternate dimension later this year”. Perhaps there will be an online event and showcases for the future of Twitch. Personally, I’m not holding my breath for the announcement of something mind-blowing.
Cancellation For Every Occasion
What does this say for the future of gaming events? Many companies have adapted to this new reality, hosting their gaming showcases online rather than at an expo. It also begs the question of whether this also effect the future of esports. While it is still possible to compete online, that comes with its own set of issues. Technical errors, lag and disconnections can ruin an event, something that isn’t seen as much during LAN competitions. This issue is most notable for the Fighting Game Community. Esports still lives online, but it just isn’t the same.
Unfortunately, for now, gamers and creators alike will have to wait to see each other IRL. With no real end to the pandemic in sight, fans only get to watch their favorite streamers online for the time being.