First taking place in 2015, TwitchCon allows fans of the streaming site to celebrate Twitch and discuss the various aspects of the live streaming industry. Having proved so successful last year, the event will be back again this autumn as TwitchCon 2016 takes place in San Diego, California between September and October.
Ahead of the event, Twitch has now unveiled the full list of TwitchCon 2016 panels, with over 70 discussions set to take place. Standout panels include discussions about the issues faced by LGBT streamers as well as people of colour and you can find out more after the break.
TwitchCon 2016 Panels on LGBT Streamers, People of Colour
With the Diversify Twitch panel, TwitchCon 2016 attendees will get to see “an in-depth discussion tackling issues effecting people of color in the online game streaming community.” The panel, which takes place at the BibleThump Theater on September 30, will discuss the “harsh and unfortunate reactions” faced by streamers of colour (such as racism and personal attacks) and it will also discuss “efforts to push for more inclusivity in the community.”
The panel, which will be streamed here, will be made up of popular streamers RyogaVee, TerrMiller, DeejayKnight, QUEEN_JELZ. TerrMiller (Terrence “TerrenceM” Miller – pictured above) is the Hearthstone pro at the centre of the recent racism controversy surrounding the game, something which prompted Blizzard to team up with Twitch to tackle harassment, so it will be interesting to hear his thoughts on the issue.
Moreover, on October 1, TwitchCon 2016 will also host a panel called Dire Straights: How LGBT+ Streamers Survive and Thrive (it will be streamed here). Here is the official description of the panel:
“Some of Twitch’s most prominent LGBT+ streamers will share the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their experiences streaming-while-queer. We’ll talk about creating safe spaces for LGBT+ folks, speaking to a non-straight audience, and give tips, tricks and coping mechanisms for dealing with what can be a scary and unpredictable space. We’ll talk about gender, sexual identity, and what it means to be LGBT+ on Twitch.”
TwitchCon 2016 takes place between September 30 – October 2, 2016. Click here for ticket information.