Twitch is many things to many people. To some, it’s a business. To others, it’s a way to unwind. It can be a place to build a community, but it’s also a place where where — as with most of the Internet — harassment can be an issue. How do we move away from the latter and build more of the former in our channels, so we can be open about their challenges and find the support we need? How do we build supportive spaces for others who might need them, too?
This weekend at TwitchCon 2017, a panel of Twitch users, mental health experts and game industry members are getting together to address that topic. Creating a Culture of Support in the Twitch Community brings together streamers General Mittenz and MissKyliee; Dayeanne Hutton, the voice actor who plays Kate Marsh Life is Strange; our own Dr. B, Take This clinical director Raffael Boccamazzo; and Christine Moutier, chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
They’ll be talking about ways the gaming community can support players who may be experiencing emotional struggles. It’s a topic on a lot of our minds these days, so if you’re interested in helping to build a more supportive gaming community, head on over to the FrankerZ Theater at 4:30 pm this Saturday.
TwitchCon is taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA this Friday through Sunday. At the time of writing, it looks like some tickets are still available