TwitchCon took place last weekend in San Diego: the Lenovo Legion company hosted show fights between streamers there. To do this, they set up a pool, the bottom of which was covered with a layer of foam cubes. Twitch streamer Adriana Chechik (30) jumped into the pool on Sunday, October 9 and was seriously injured. She blames the organizers.
What was the idea for this pool?
- Lenovo Legion set up a pit at TwitchCon in San Diego, featuring two elevated platforms. The pit was covered with a layer of foam cubes.
- The idea was for two streamers to stand on the pedestals and hit each other with foam batons until one falls off the small plinth, so that it then lands “softly” on the die: it’s called the “gladiator game” – older readers know it the idea perhaps of “American Gladiators (1989-1996)”.
- For example, xQc and HasanAbi fought as the crowd cheered (via twitter): The two have had a problem with each other since xQc dared to include HasanAbi in a tier list under “also there”.
xQc vs Hasan matchup was awesome! https://t.co/hDCvA5MRbM pic.twitter.com/9pZI7JiyJX
— Sean ✈️ TwitchCon SD (@EverywhereSean) October 9, 2022
Seriously injured while jumping in the pit
Then it all went wrong: Twitch streamer Adriana Chechik had just won her fight. She cheered, jumping up and into the cubes.
When she got up, you could already see her pained face, which she wanted to cover with a smile. When asked if she was okay, she nodded briefly, but apparently quickly realized that something was not quite right.
She says, “I can’t get up,” and hides her face in the foam cubes. A paramedic is called. The commentators talk soothingly, though they clearly don’t know how the woman is doing: “She’s fine” – “Paramedician! She’s fine.”
What happened there? As it turned out, Adriana Chechik broke her back in two different places during the jump.
The streamer says: An off-duty paramedic recognized the seriousness of her injury, ordered her to lie still and reassured her. On the same day, the streamer had to undergo surgery (via twitter).
This is the very painful clip:
Who is the streamer? Adriana Chechik (30) has been on Twitch since August 2019: for the past year she mainly played Elden Ring, Sekiro and Fortnite, most of the time she is on Just Chatting. When she streams, an average of 2,800 people watch her.
Adriana Chechik has a past as a performer in the porn industry.
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Streamers had to sign a waiver of liability
What’s the discussion now? The “well” of Lenovo Logic was already critically discussed in advance and is now being looked at even more critically. As PCGamer reports, streamers participating in the show fights were required to sign a liability waiver beforehand.
Even before the incident, streamers had been injured in connection with the event: a streamer injured her knee when she came off the stage (via twitter). She says she can never trust Twitch again for an event like this.
Others have also complained of back pain issues.
After the incident with Adriana Chechik, the pit was closed. The organizer says (via kotaku):
We are aware of incidents at TwitchCon in which visitors to our gladiator game were injured in the foam pit on the Lenovo booth. The area is now closed for further use as we work with the organizers to review the incidents.
Qualified comment from a doctor on this:
“They said jump in your ass first”
What are the streamer’s allegations? Adriana Chechik says: Lenovo Legion would have told people to jump in. They would even have said buttocks first.
The pit also opened on the second day after people were so badly injured on the first day that they had to leave TwitchCon with a cast.
She was also annoyed that the commentators were being mean to her and told her to just walk away from the pain.
He is no longer loved here at TwitchCon:
Normally, unless you’re doing something like celebrity boxing, you’d assume streaming is a low-injury job:
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