Earlier this year, we reported that Twitch was holding its first ever TwitchCon convention, which will take place later this month (September 25th and 26th) in San Francisco. Today, the popular streaming channel announced a number of new exhibitors and events for fans to enjoy over the two-day event.
First off, a number of new fighting tournaments were announced, titled Fight Night events. These include a Super Smash Bros. invitational featuring stars from both Twitch and Red Bull fighting it out for a potential $10,000 prize pool (along with bragging rights in terms of where the final tournament will be played out either northern or southern California). In addition, a Video Game Championship Wrestling tournament, which will feature a number of customized characters, will take place, along with a Founder Faceoff, in which Twitch CEO and founder Emmett Shear will take on Blizzard president and co-founder Mike Morhaime in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, amongst other surprise competitors. These should really go a long way in engaging Twitch s avid fighting game community.
Other competitions will also be held, including an event sponsored by WorldGaming in tandem with the World Series of Video Games, as well as competitions with games like Rock Band 4, H1Z1 and others. Hi-Rez Studios, Cartoon Network games and other companies will also be in attendance with their latest products, such as Jetpack Fighter and Land of Ooo.
The biggest new attendees, however, are creators of virtual reality hardware. Oculus will be on hand with a variety of titles for players to check out, and HTC will bring its Vive headset, powered by SteamVR, with a number of games from WEVR, Radial Games and other companies.
Finally, a number of new panels were introduced, including a partner spotlight featuring streaming star LetsGetLexi and San Francisco Giants player Hunter Pence; a Twitch Tech Talk hosted by Amazon Game Studios (which makes sense considering Amazon s purchase of the company last year); and a special sponsored Intel panel that discusses getting maximum performance out of Intel equipment. Other media outlets will take the stage as well, including Geek and Sundry and Nerdist.
All of this content is making TwitchCon more of a must-attend event for fans of the streaming channel, as well as its various stars and sponsors. It should no doubt be a big hit when it takes place later this month.