The Viacom event brings together digital video creators and thousands of fans each year in Anaheim
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VidCon, the massive online video conference held by Viacom each year in Southern California, has been canceled due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, according to a person familiar with the event’s plans on Monday.
The 11th annual VidCon was set to be hosted, as usual, at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 17-20. But in an email sent Monday to companies set to attend the event, a VidCon executive aid that “because of the continued global health concerns, VidCon has been canceled.”
The executive added: “Your safety means everything to me, and this isn’t goodbye forever. VidCon will be back! Stay safe, stay connected, and we’ll hang soon!”
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Viacom, which acquired VidCon in 2018, did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
A VidCon rep told TheWrap “all tickets and pre-ordered merch that have been purchased for the June 17-20, 2020 event will be refunded in full by April 15, 2020. This will include all fees for previously canceled tickets.”
VidCon brings together hundreds of content creators and brands — as well as thousands of fans — each year. Last year’s event included more than 250 content creators and featured executives from YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, Snap and TikTok. The conference, which offers Gen Z fans an opportunity to see their favorite video creators in person, had about 75,000 attendees at its U.S. event last year.
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