An update: A Lenovo representative told Rolling Stone that the company is “aware of the incidents of TwitchCon visitors sustaining injuries in the gladiator game soft foam pit at the Lenovo booth. The area has since been closed for further use while we work with organizers of events. to look into the events.”
An original story: After jumping into a foam pit during an event at TwitchCon San Diego over the weekend, Adriana Chechik (opens in a new tab)Twitch streamer with 802,000 followers, broke her back in two places (opens in a new tab) and had to have metal support rods surgically inserted into it.
The Lenovo Legion booth hosted a to face (opens in a new tab) an event where streamers tried to hit each other from raised podiums using padded poles, as in the show Gladiators. The platforms were placed in a foam pit, although perhaps the word “pit” is being generous, as it looked like little more than a thin layer of foam cubes spread across a sort of inflatable pool sitting on the hard floor of the convention.
Although Chechik’s injury was the most severe, she was not the only streamer injured in the foam pit. LochVaness (opens in a new tab) dislocated her knee and sprained her ankle afterwards walking off the podium after her win (opens in a new tab)and others complained about back pain (opens in a new tab) and difficulty walking (opens in a new tab) following own falls.
While contestants were warned against diving into the pit, and had to sign liabilities, a commentator at the booth (opens in a new tab) said they were “all about safety here at the Lenovo Legion booth. Want to have good clean fun, be able to jump into that foam and enjoy yourself at the end of the day.” It seems that everyone assumed that more care was taken to make the foam pit that was put there for people to fall into, was actually safe for a grown man to fall into.
The pit was at last closed (opens in a new tab)so hopefully that’s the end of the injuries and the end of a convention pit shaping up to be as infamous as the ball pit at DashCon (opens in a new tab).
Another streamer was injured earlier at TwitchCon in an unrelated incident. Genshin Impact streamer Zummers (opens in a new tab) competed in the World Balloon Cup, an event where players compete to keep a balloon in the air. The competition was staged in an enclosed model of a living room, and Zummers broke her ankle (opens in a new tab) after jumping over a chair.