TwitchCon Amsterdam canceled due to Coronavirus concerns - Dexerto
Entertainment

TwitchCon Amsterdam canceled due to Coronavirus concerns

Published: 6/Mar/2020 15:25 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:19

by Scott Robertson

Share


The TwitchCon Amsterdam events scheduled for the beginning of May has officially been canceled by Twitch, citing “Coronavirus concerns and potential health risks” to the community.

Yet another massive gaming/esports event has unfortunately been derailed by the outbreak of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. On March 6, Twitch announced that they had made the “incredibly difficult decision to cancel TwitchCon Amsterdam.

In the statement, they said they had been monitoring the situation, but ultimately decided that the “health and safety of our community, employees, and everyone else is top priority. ”

The event was originally scheduled for May 2-3, 2020 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.

Twitch is offering full refunds to anyone who purchased a ticket, and cancellations are available until March 20. For people and companies who planned to exhibit at or sponsor the event, Twitch is offering them the 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 acknowledged that canceling the event was sad, but necessary “given the state of things.”

The cancellation of TwitchCon Amsterdam is the latest in a string of gaming/esports events to be affected by the global outbreak of the Coronavirus. Twitch’s announcement comes just a day after Psyonix and Rocket League announced that their World Championships event in Dallas would be canceled due to the same concerns.

Prior to that, Overwatch League homestands, the playoffs for the IEM Katowice CS:GO tournament, LCK and LPL matches, and even the Valorant gameplay capture event for influencers had all been derailed by the outbreak.

Other conventions are at risk as well, as the Game Developers Conference was “indefinitely postponed” and E3 is reported to be considering a cancellation as well.

ESL
IEM Katowice concluded without a crowd in the Spodek Arena.

Reports surfaced that it could also affect the production of the next generation of consoles, meaning the possibility of the Xbox One X and the PS5’s release dates being pushed back.

We will provide any further updates with information regarding rescheduling of Twitch Con Amsterdam, as well as any other developments in the gaming/esports world as a result of Coronavirus concerns.

Entertainment

Twitch streamer banned after being denied partnership over age

Published: 23/Jan/2021 5:00 Updated: 23/Jan/2021 5:52

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

Share


Twitch streamer AverageHarry has been permanently banned after his partnership application was denied, and they discovered he allegedly signed up while under the age of 13.

AverageHarry has been through a bit of a roller-coaster ride lately. It started back in October 2020 when a video of him getting mocked by strangers and crying on stream went viral.

Since then, his popularity skyrocketed, and he applied to become a Twitch partnered streamer. However, the application was denied in January 2021 after discovering he made the account when he was less than 13 years old, which didn’t align with his account details.

But the drama doesn’t end there. Twitch also said he could lose access to his account because of the restriction. Now, it appears they have doubled down on that claim and made it happen.

averageharry on twitch
Twitch: AverageHarry
AverageHarry went viral after some strangers laughed at him in public while he was streaming.

“I have just been permabanned on Twitch,” said AverageHarry. “For anyone wondering, this is why. He shared a previous tweet, which included a screenshot of the email he received when they denied his application.

“You’ve listed your age as 15, although this doesn’t appear to align with your account details,” said Twitch. “Please get in touch with Twitch support in order to see whether you can update your birthday to be accurate. Otherwise, you may need to make a new account with correct details.”

However, AverageHarry hasn’t given up yet. “I’ll have a video out tomorrow talking about it all,” he said. “I am allowed to make another account, but I have just lost nearly 90k followers.”

He might try and have the ban overturned, which could happen if enough people rally behind him. And it seems like they are, with many people sharing their support on social media. “He genuinely seemed like a good kid,” wrote one user. “Hope he makes a new account and stuff.”

“That Twitch account was made by his parents and given to him by his parents after he was 13 and provided proof for that,” wrote another. “But [he] still got his account removed. [I] hope the best for him.”

In the end, though, Twitch is treating it as a serious matter and won’t want to set a precedent. So, it will be interesting to see what happens and whether their decision is final.