TwitchCon Amsterdam Latest Conference Shuttered Due to Coronavirus
TwitchCon Amsterdam becomes the latest victim of the coronavirus, as the company reveals the event's cancellation.
The latest addition to the ever-increasing list of canceled events due to CORVID-19 is TwitchCon Amsterdam. Originally scheduled to take place from May 2 to May 3rd, the event coordinators announced on twitter this morning that the event has been called off.
Here’s Twitch’s statement on the matter:
We have been monitoring Coronavirus concerns and having weighed the potential health risks to our community we’ve made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel TwitchCon Amsterdam.
TwitchCon is the best weekend to be a Twitch fan. To say we’re disappointed you won’t be able to enjoy the show we’ve been building for you is a massive understatement. But, as always, the health and safety of our community, employees, and everyone else who has a part in making TwitchCon happen is our top priorit.
We are reaching out to attendees and exhibitors with information about refunds.
It’s incredibly sad to see each new announcement of another conference being cancelled or postponed. These events are trips that many fans and community members look forward to each year. While some are able to shift to an online-only format, this approach isn’t viable in every situation. Show organizers are being put in a lose-lose position. Knowing full well that they will be losing money, fans and organizers will surely be upset. If they don’t cancel, however, they risk both the safety of their employees and everyone who would be attending.
Just recently, the ESA released a statement regarding E3 2020, saying that they were closely monitoring the situation in LA after the city declared a state of emergency, but that the event was currently still on. For now, there’s no end in sight when it comes to the world getting this virus under control. Day-by-day, new conferences and events further out are being effected. And those that are still on, are contending with exhibitors withdrawing. Hopefully, though, things will turn around soon, otherwise, it is going to be a very uneventful 2020.