Twitch streamer breaks back at the Twitch Con foam pit! The celebrations at TwitchCon, which began on Friday and continue through Sunday night, including a foam pit streamers have been jumping into after engaging in combat on some elevated platforms in the Gladiators style.
According to reports, some of them have been suffering grave injuries.
Twitch streamer breaks back at the Twitch Con foam pit
The most concerning injury were sustained by Adriana Chechik, who can be seen in the video below, leaping off a small platform, splitting her legs, and landing on her tailbone before rolling over and expressing her inability to get up. Soon after, an announcer can be heard saying, “No, no, she’s alright.”
— Clippy Chimp (@ClippyChimp) October 9, 2022
She didn’t feel good at all! Later, Chechik tweeted, “Well, I broke my back in two places and am getting surgery to put a meter rod in for support today. Send your support. When it rains it pours and I am definitely feeling the rain right now.”
Special shout out to the random off work EMT who got the workers at the booth to realize how bad I was injured and to make them keep me still and calm me down until others got there. U rly kept me from crying badly.
— adriana chechik (@adrianachechik) October 10, 2022
“We are aware of the incidents of TwitchCon visitors who sustained injuries in the gladiator game soft foam pit at the Lenovo booth. The area has since been closed for any further use while we work with event organizers to look into the incidents.”
A spokesperson for Lenovo
Following her accident—and a request for witnesses from her friend EdyBot, who was the other jumper in the video above and claimed she too broke her back—others reported injuries they claim they sustained in the same pit, like a dislocated knee:
— SW33TS✨️|✈️Twitchcon (@Sw33tsTTV) October 9, 2022
Another back injury:
— Logiiiic (@Logiiiic_) October 9, 2022
Although visitors claim that the pit remained open despite other people getting hurt before Chechik’s serious injury and that it reopened shortly after, Nathan Grayson of The Washington Post reports that the attraction—a promotional partnership between Intel and Lenovo—has since been closed due to injuries as well as because visitors had been “breaking the rules.”
EdyBot, one of the attendees, claims that the pit’s shallowness may have contributed to the injuries; she characterizes it as being “like three cubes deep,” and Grayson claims that “the hole actually goes up a bit past my knee” and that it is “shallow af.”