The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the world, forcing many businesses and events to adapt to the climate or close down. Countless brands and event organizers have subsequently had to enforce health safety measures, including Twitch ahead of its highly anticipated annual streamer meet-up in San Diego.
On 12th August 2022, the Amazon-owned streaming platform announced that its upcoming event, TwitchCon San Diego 2022, would require attendees to abide by its new safety and health measures, requiring attendees to mask up and be vaxxed or tested. This announcement comes after Twitch’s uproaring decision earlier in the year that participants didn’t need COVID-19 vaccinations or test certificates.
TwitchCon San Diego 2022 - New COVID-19 Safety Rules
After stirring commotion over the negligence of safety for its attendees and presumable risk of losing sales, Twitch has pulled a complete reversal on its event guidelines. This change happened after the community, and the streaming platform’s valued streamers stated they wouldn’t attend the in-person event this year due to the lack of health measures.
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In a Twitter post, Twitch announced that event-goers must abide by its latest rules of acquiring a COVID-19 test or being vaccinated to partake in TwitchCon San Diego 2022. Additionally, all attendees must wear a mask within the event, excluding outside areas.
The streaming platform stated, “We’ve been listening to all of your feedback and know that many of you, especially those who are immunocompromised.” Twitch added. “And the people who support them want stricter health measures in place to help you feel safe attending TwitchCon San Diego in person.”
We’ve heard from many of you that you want a safer TwitchCon, so we’re updating our policy.— Twitch (@Twitch) August 12, 2022
Masks will be required indoors, as well as either proof of vaccination or a negative covid test.
Let’s make the ultimate squad up safe & accessible for everyone: https://t.co/RKeBF6oVzdpic.twitter.com/MI4lMZ1Jdh
Although the Amazon-owned company stated it wants to “do more to help keep people safe,” the announcement caused mixed emotions across its community. Some streamers felt relieved about the stricter safety measures, and some felt more against attending TwitchCon 2022.
Streamers like Nicholas “Nickmercs” Kolcheff said the streamer would be hosting their own “300K” event in San Diego during TwitchCon 2022. The Twitch content creator stated there’d be “no mask requirements, no vaccine requirements at our events.”
The MFAM and I will be doin’ our thing down in SD, it’ll be poppin’ all weekend. Already spent over $300K with more to come. No mask requirements, no vaccine requirements at our events. Do you, and we’ll see ya there 👊🏼 #MFAMhttps://t.co/W9FSArcmPp— FaZe Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) August 12, 2022
Others feel more against Twitch for suddenly changing the policy because it received backlash for not having more safe health measures. A Twitch user stated, “[Twitch] only did this after backlash. Should’ve been from the start.”
But the general response remains divided between people disliking the decision, users not particularly liking Twitch’s late attempt at securing health measures, and others praising them for making TwitchCon 2022 safer.
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