At least 2 TwitchCon guests claim they were injured at foam pit exhibit

At least two guests at this weekend’s TwitchCon event in San Diego have alleged that they were injured after jumping into a foam pit exhibit at the event.

The foam pit, which was sponsored by Lenovo and Intel, was set on a concrete floor in the San Diego Convention Center as part of the event for the livestreaming platform.

A tweet from Lenovo on Oct. 7 encouraged attendees to battle each other on platforms with foam noodles over the foam pit. NBC reported that the foam pit was about 1 foot deep and that guests were asked to sign waivers before entering.

Adriana Chechik was the first streamer to go viral, claiming she was injured in the foam pit. She tweeted that she had broken her back in two places after jumping into the pit.

Chechik was celebrating her “win” against fellow streamer EdyBot using the foam noodles and jumping up and down before apparently landing on her tailbone in the pit. Jake Lucky had footage of the incident and uploaded it to Twitter.

Streamer LochVaness also claimed she was injured in the pit on Saturday and shared a photo of herself in a wheelchair.

According to NBC, LochVaness also jumped into the pit in celebration and immediately rolled her ankle, dislocating her kneecap. Medical responders were able to keep her calm and put her kneecap back in place.

In response to Chechik’s tweet, another person shared a photo of an unidentified guest being surrounded by medical staff at the event. It has not been verified whether this also occurred in the foam pit.

Despite the reports of injuries, the exhibit was still open on Sunday.

In recent weeks, Twitch has faced backlash over its handling of several issues with the event. One big problem that streamers had was how Twitch could afford to pay for Megan Thee Stallion to perform at the conference at a time that it was cutting creators’ pay.

Twitch also changed COVID requirements for the event — no longer requiring proof of vaccination, testing or masks — which raised health concerns with some of those invited.

Ultimately, TwitchCon went back to requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test and masks, but fans were not happy that this came in response to criticism, rather than at the outset.

This is not great news for the streaming giant, as more big-name streamers head over to YouTube. This year alone, Sykkuno, LilyPichu, Myth, FaZe Swagg and Fuslie joined the likes of Ludwig, DrLupo and Valkyrae on YouTube.

In September, Bloomberg also raised concerns about child safety on the platform.

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