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Twitch has officially canceled the TwitchCon in Amsterdam scheduled for the beginning of May due to “Coronavirus concerns and potential health risks” for the attendees.
The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 has led many esports and gaming events to cancel in fear for the health safety of the community. On March 6, Twitch made the announcement that TwitchCon Amsterdam will be canceled. They stated they had been monitoring the situation and have came to the decision that the “health and safety of our community, employees, and everyone else is top priority.“
Twitch is offering full refunds to those that purchased a ticket, and cancellations are available until March 20. For people and companies who planned to exhibit at or sponsor the event, they are offered a full refund or the option to move their commitment to TwitchCon San Diego or TwitchCon Europe 2021.
Twitch’s Director of Creator Development, Marcus ‘djWHEAT‘ Graham shared his thoughts about the cancellation of the event saying that the health safety of the community should be a priority even though it saddens him that the event is canceled.
Since 2015, I’ve worked on 6 TwitchCon events. It’s sad to have to cancel, but given the state of things, it’s a pill I am able to swallow. I still think this is going to take a few days to fully sink in. My 💜 is heavy for the entire Twitch community today. https://t.co/nDsoDv9qIy— djWHEAT (@djWHEAT) March 6, 2020
Other conventions are at risk as well, as E3 is reported to be considering a cancellation and the Game Developer confrence.