It’s not really surprising, but TwitchCon Amsterdam can be added to the ever-growing list of cancelled events this year. Twitch has cancelled the popular meet and greet event in the Netherlands this year to protect the health of all attendees.
The sold-out Twitch event, which was due to take place from May 2-3, gives fans a chance to meet some of the biggest European streamers, learn tips and tricks of the trade, and more. But now, thousands of people are being forced to abandon their trip over the growing concerns of the spread of coronavirus.
“TwitchCon is the best weekend to be a Twitch fan,” the statement says. “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 the health and safety of our community, employees, and everyone else who has a part in making TwitchCon happen is, as always, our top priority.”
Twitch says it’ll be issuing a full refund to ticket holders in the next couple of weeks. Attendees who have booked accommodation through Twitch’s hotel block should be able to cancel their rooms for free, although the streaming platform says it cannot guarantee refunds will be issues for those “who booked outside of Twitch’s hotel block.”
— TwitchCon (@TwitchCon) March 6, 2020
Despite having to cancel the event, Twitch says it is looking forward to hosting TwitchCon there in the future, suggesting there might be a replacement event on its way in the near future.
For now, fans will have to catch up with their friends and favourite streamers online, and this poor hitchhiking streamer, who was hoping to end his trip at TwitchCon Amsterdam, will have to change his plans.