update: A Lenovo representative told Rolling Stone that the company is “aware of the incidents of TwitchCon visitors who were injured in the soft foam pit of the gladiator game in Lenovo’s booth. The area has since been closed while we work with event organizers to investigate the events.”
Original story: After jumping into a foam pit at a TwitchCon San Diego event over the weekend, Adriana Chechik (Opens in a new tab)Twitch streamer with 802,000 followers, he broke his back in two places (Opens in a new tab) and had to have metal brackets surgically inserted.
Lenovo Legion booths a face it (Opens in a new tab) in the event, the currents tried to lift themselves from the podiums that had crashed into each other using stuffed poles, like in the Gladiators show. The platforms were placed in a foam pit, although perhaps the word “pit” is generous, as it consisted of nothing more than a thin layer of foam cubes scattered across a sort of inflatable pool sitting on the hard floor of the convention.
Although Chechik’s injury was the most serious, he wasn’t the only streamer injured in the foam pit. LochVaness (Opens in a new tab) he later dislocated his knee and sprained his ankle He stepped off the podium after his victory (Opens in a new tab)and others have complained back pain (Opens in a new tab) and difficulty walking (Opens in a new tab) after their falls.
In addition to warning competitors about diving into the pit and disclaiming responsibility, a commentator on the stand (Opens in a new tab) he said “they were talking about safety here at the Lenovo Legion stand. You want to have a good time, jump into that foam and enjoy yourself at the end of the day.” It seems everyone thought they were taking extra care with the foam pit, which was placed there so people could fall into it, that it was safe for a grown human to fall into.
It ended up being the pit closed (Opens in a new tab)so hopefully it’s the end of injuries and the end of a convention pit that will be as famous as DashCon’s ball pit. (Opens in a new tab).
Another streamer was injured at TwitchCon in an unrelated incident. Genshin Impact streamer Zummers (Opens in a new tab) He was competing in the World Balloon Cup, an event in which players compete to keep a balloon in the air. The competition was held in a closed model of a living room, and Zummmers he broke his ankle (Opens in a new tab) after jumping over a chair.