28 Awesome Things That Happened at the New Convention You've Never Heard Of

POPSUGAR Photography | Ann-Marie Alcántara
POPSUGAR Photography | Ann-Marie Alcántara

If you haven't heard of Twitch, you might want to perk up your ears. The video streaming service, which is known for users playing eSports live, held its first ever TwitchCon in San Francisco in September. Over 20,000 people attended the conference, while over 1.9 million people watched on Twitch, wishing they could be part of the experience that included plenty of cosplay and gaming.

Look ahead to see what you missed and why you might want to start getting into eSports and Twitch — it's a multimillion-dollar industry that is sure to become the talk of the world soon enough.

The TwitchCon keynote made some big announcements.
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The TwitchCon keynote made some big announcements.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear thanked the community for raising $15 million for charity and celebrated them for producing 7.5 billion minutes of broadcasting. Shear also announced that Twitch would finally become fully available on PlayStation and that anyone could upload a video to their stream — a big move that directly competes with YouTube Gaming.

The Expo Hall was a gamer paradise.
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The Expo Hall was a gamer paradise.

A live stage with people playing games was front and center.
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A live stage with people playing games was front and center.

And almost every corner had some sort of game you could play.
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And almost every corner had some sort of game you could play.

The lines were short, and some classic group games were ready to play like Rock Band 4.

Of course, there was some cosplay.
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Of course, there was some cosplay.

These two are Alex and Ash from Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number.

Every part of the Moscone Center had some sort of fun decoration.
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Every part of the Moscone Center had some sort of fun decoration.

Notable eSports competitive streamers stopped by.
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Notable eSports competitive streamers stopped by.

At the Women in eSports panel, former World of Warcraft player Rumay "Hafu" Wang met with fans. Wang, who goes by Hafu, is one of eSports' premier streamers and is considered pretty much a legend.

Several panels addressing controversial issues took place.
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Several panels addressing controversial issues took place.

Considering the controversy over gamergate and the stereotype of the male gamer, Women in eSports, LGBT+, and Women in Gaming panels were part of the schedule. Here are Rachel Quirico, Amy Brady, Kim Phan, Hafu, and T.L. Taylor from the Women in eSports panel.

Music from the Super Soul Bros. took over a floor.
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Music from the Super Soul Bros. took over a floor.

In case you couldn't guess, they play songs from video games.

Game-inspired artwork graced the walls.
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Game-inspired artwork graced the walls.

Yes, even bean bags were ready for anyone to relax on.
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Yes, even bean bags were ready for anyone to relax on.

On each floor, the bean bags were used by people to rest, play games, and hang out with friends.

Naturally, virtual reality made an appearance.
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Naturally, virtual reality made an appearance.

Here is someone playing Cartoon Network's Adventure Time: Magic Man's Head Games. I was able to try a demo, and it's definitely a great introduction to using VR technology.

The Intel Gaming Lab let anyone hop on and play.
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The Intel Gaming Lab let anyone hop on and play.

Different games rotated throughout the days like League of Legends, Minecraft, and Hearthstone.

Right around happy hour, a DJ would start spinning.
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Right around happy hour, a DJ would start spinning.

It was perfect music for anyone trying to grab a drink and enjoy the rest of the convention.

Sometimes, things got a little weird at the DJ booth.
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Sometimes, things got a little weird at the DJ booth.

TwitchCon also set up a charity zone.
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TwitchCon also set up a charity zone.

Streamers could play games and raise money for charity — showing just how much people in the community do like to give back.

Several organizations participated, like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.
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Several organizations participated, like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.

On Saturday, a huge crowd watched the H1Z1 Battle Royale Tournament.
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On Saturday, a huge crowd watched the H1Z1 Battle Royale Tournament.

H1Z1 is a zombie survival game, and the invitational included over 10 players competing against each other to win different money prizes.

Products for purchase were everywhere.
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Products for purchase were everywhere.

While several of them were inside jokes or fan-made products that were mass produced, many were adorable and fun.

You couldn't escape anyone playing a game ever.
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You couldn't escape anyone playing a game ever.

Old-school arcade games were also set up.
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Old-school arcade games were also set up.

There were lines to play these as well, especially for Tetris.

Even board and card games were available!
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Even board and card games were available!

Here's a group playing Jenga!
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Here's a group playing Jenga!

No convention is complete without a photo booth, either.
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No convention is complete without a photo booth, either.

Of course it was a green screen!

Surprise — Deadmau5 stopped by!
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Surprise — Deadmau5 stopped by!

An avid gamer and Twitch streamer himself, the popular producer streamed and played Diablo 3.

Electronic dance music producer Darude held a meet and greet.
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Electronic dance music producer Darude held a meet and greet.

He's a well-known meme for his hit song "Sandstorm," both on the Internet and Twitch.

That wasn't the end of seeing Deadmau5!
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That wasn't the end of seeing Deadmau5!

He ended up being the surprise guest for the TwitchCon afterparty.

The crowd absolutely loved Deadmau5's set.
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The crowd absolutely loved Deadmau5's set.

Till next year, TwitchCon!
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Till next year, TwitchCon!