Twitch has revealed its annual TwitchCon event, usually hosted in North America, is coming to Europe for the first time next year.
TwitchCon Europe is heading to Berlin's CityCube on April 13th and 14th, 2019. It will feature "many of the same elements tailored to the region", including an expo hall, industry and community-driven panels, and streamer meet-and-greets. 2018's TwitchCon, held in California last October, sold out "with tens of thousands of visitors". Twitch selected Berlin to host the inaugural TwitchCon Europe event due to its "centralized location and Germany’s status as one of the top performing countries in terms of both streamers and viewership".
"TwitchCon was created to celebrate and inspire everyone who plays a role in the Twitch community," said Kate Jhaveri, chief marketing officer, Twitch. "It’s a vibrant, growing, and global community and we’re excited to bring TwitchCon to Europe for the first time. While there will be a lot of familiar elements to anyone who has ever attended TwitchCon in the US, we’re taking inspiration from the location and distinct cultures across the region to ensure the experience is relevant to all the audiences."
As yet, Twitch has not detailed costs or purchase options, but promises more information "will be shared in the coming months".
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins became Twitch's first 10-million-plus streamer a few months ago, thanks in no small part to Fortnite. Hitting the 10 million milestone was "seriously ridiculous" and put gaming’s biggest name in a league all of his own, with no competitor coming anywhere close to these extraordinary numbers. He will be hosting a 12-hour Fortnite livestream from Times Square, New York, this New Year's Eve.
Ninja has been a mainstay of the streaming circuit for a number of years now. Of course, Fortnite is still both Ninja and Twitch’s number one, but growing titles like Realm Royale get a look in, too. Earlier this year, Ninja joined forces with Canadian rapper Drake to livestream Fortnite, and the pair's collaboration broke the all-time concurrent viewers record on Twitch, as well as bagging Ninja an extra 50,000 subscriptions.