People trying to attend TwitchCon 2018 were met with massive crowds that stretched around the block and have led to changes for the final two days of the event.
The 2018 edition of TwitchCon is being held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in California and features a host of major events, including the Fortnite Fall Skirmish and the Doritos Bowl Blackout tournament.
Despite so many events taking place, though, many fans were unable to even get inside the event as the massive lines made it nearly impossible to gain access to the event.
Every convention typically features long lines as fans are forced to wait in security lines before entering. It seems like TwitchCon 2018 featured far greater crowds than expected, however.
Popular Twitch streamer Mychal ‘trihex’ Jefferson was quick to comment on the crazy lines early Friday morning as he wondered whether he’d get inside for the Twitch keynote presentation.
Good morning #TwitchCon2018. These lines for badge pickup are absolutely awful :joyful:
Hope I make it to the keynote… :pray: pic.twitter.com/8ygLsxHH9C
— trihex @ TwitchCon 2018 (@trihex) October 26, 2018
Trihex wasn’t the only one having to battle the insanely long lines, though, as many convention attendees were forced to wait in line for hours.
The problem was bad enough that Twitch issued a statement on the matter Friday afternoon that announced changes coming to the other days of the event.
The lines at TwitchCon didn’t hold up to the bar we’ve set for the show. We’re sorry. This is what we’re doing about it:
-Tonight, the show closes one hour later, at 7PM
-Friday-only attendees: come back for free on Saturday
-Registration opens one hour earlier on Sat, at 7AM
— TwitchCon 2018 (@TwitchCon) October 27, 2018
The extended times and the ability for those who had previously only bought Friday passes to attend the convention on Saturday will hopefully allow the impacted attendees a chance to enjoy their time there despite the Day 1 struggles.
As people gear up for Day 2 of the three-day event, those hoping to avoid any more struggles are encouraged to show up extra early to ensure they can get in promptly to experience all that TwitchCon has to offer.