Live-Streaming Chess, Twitch and Nakamura

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    Live-Streaming Chess, Twitch and Nakamura

    September 4, 2020

    From an article at theconversation.com by Ilya Brookwell:

    As a global pandemic continues to determine a new normal, tens of thousands of viewers have been tuning in to watch people play chess on a livestreaming website called Twitch.tv. An American chess grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, along with a number of celebrities of the video game world, is leading a renaissance in the ancient game.

    While viewers eagerly await Nakamura’s streams to begin, they are treated to a slideshow of memes involving Nakamura’s face superimposed into scenes from pop culture. First a reference to a well-known Japanese animation, next a famous upside-down kiss with Spiderman and finally, Nakamura’s characteristic grin is edited onto the Mona Lisa herself.

    From Aug. 21 to Sept. 6, Twitch and Chess.com are hosting a tournament, called Pogchamps, where some of the most popular gaming streamers in the world compete in a chess tournament with US$50,000 on the line.

    The current renaissance in chess is happening at the confluence of livestreaming technology, video game culture and one grandmaster’s exceptional skills as both a chess player and entertainer. What is emerging is an unexpectedly good pairing between chess and a digital generation that is showing how influential gamers can be.

    Twitch.tv is a live-video streaming website that was started in 2011 as a platform for users to watch other people play video games. In recent years, Twitch has grown to become the cultural hub of the gaming community. It now hosts tens of thousands of creators who broadcast live to a global audience of around 17.5 million viewers a day.

    Since 2015, chess viewership has experienced exponential growth on Twitch. Then, a mere 59 people were watching chess streams at any given time. Today, that number averages 4,313. At the time of writing this, viewers have consumed close to 38 million hours of chess in 2020 alone.

    See the whole article at:

    https://theconversation.com/chess-is...pairing-143790

  • #2
    Good to see chess getting the exposure and good that an exciting player like Nakamura is doing it!

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    • #3
      More of Naka at the Toronto Star though the article by Kellen Browning The New York Times

      https://www.thestar.com/life/2020/09...obsession.html

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      • #4
        One more from the Toronto Star

        https://www.thestar.com/life/2020/10...on-twitch.html

        Meet the 20-year-old Toronto woman who’s become a star during the pandemic — playing chess on Twitch

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Egidijus Zeromskis View Post
          One more from the Toronto Star

          https://www.thestar.com/life/2020/10...on-twitch.html

          Meet the 20-year-old Toronto woman who’s become a star during the pandemic — playing chess on Twitch
          Nemo?! Zhou

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