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Chess GM Hikaru opens up on how much Twitch changed his life

Published: 17/Aug/2020 4:45 Updated: 17/Aug/2020 5:21

by Andrew Amos

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Chess Grandmaster turned Twitch superstar Hikaru Nakamura has opened up on how much streaming has changed his life, telling fans that their support has helped cull the negativity he felt in the chess community.

Hikaru is a Twitch sensation. When all the top streamers picked up Chess in droves earlier in 2020, Hikaru was the grandmaster at the center of it all.

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While he had already started pulling numbers on the streaming platform well before the ancient game’s renaissance on the platform, its popularity with streamers like Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel only helped Hikaru’s status on the platform.

Hikaru Nakamura playing Chess
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Hikaru is the number one Chess star on Twitch.

Hikaru went from chatting to hundreds of viewers daily to tens of thousands seemingly overnight. He, along with Magnus Carlsen, have helped bring some of Chess’ biggest stars to the platform. People flocked in droves to learn from the best.

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On top of that though, Hikaru managed to foster a welcoming community. Twitch chat memers and Chess enthusiasts alike join the Japanese-American to learn more about the board game.

Talking to Levy Rozman on his stream, Hikaru mentioned just how much his Twitch community means to him. After being ostracized from the chess community for so long, having a friendly environment to hang out in was life-changing.

“One thing that I think is different [between the Twitch community and Chess], in terms of the Chess world ⁠— and I’ll try to not get emotional when I say this ⁠— but for much of my career, much of my life, I’ve sort of been the bad guy,” he said.

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“I’m not someone who has been liked. Very often at times I’ve been perceived as the person that people don’t want to root for, who people don’t like.”

Hikaru’s growth on Twitch has helped him slot into the wider Chess community too. While there’s still ‘elitists’ who shame him for stooping down to help new players, he’s also gained new fans and friends from within the space.

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“To have all of the support from you guys [the Twitch community] to know that there are fans who do support me, it does mean a lot, and that’s kind of the biggest difference for me with now versus much of my Chess career.”

Having just crested the 500,000 follower mark on Twitch, the sky is still the limit for Hikaru. There’s still plenty of new viewers flocking in to see what the rage is all about, and staying on to support the Chess star through thick and thin.

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Fake Lady Gaga tweet trashing Gabbie Hanna goes viral

Published: 13/Oct/2020 21:19

by Brent Koepp

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A fake tweet of Lady Gaga trashing YouTuber Gabbie Hanna went viral on social media. Users were tricked into thinking the Grammy Award-winning artist had mocked the influencer over her looks.

Lady Gaga is not only one of the top artists in the world with countless number one singles and 11 Grammy wins, she also boasts over 82 million followers on her Twitter account.

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On October 10, the singer went viral on the social media platform when she appeared to trash YouTuber Gabbie Hanna with a harsh tweet. Thing is, the post was 100% fake.

gabbie hannaGabbie Hanna in her latest music video “Call Me Crazy.”

Fake Lady Gaga tweet mocking Gabbie Hanna goes viral

The whole firestorm started on October 10 when Gabbie Hanna tweeted out a side-by-side photo of herself and the pop star. The YouTuber compared her latest look to Gaga, stating, “twinning!! <3”

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Not long after, the post exploded on Twitter, attracting both fans and critics. Before being deleted by the influencer, the tweet had received thousands of retweets and replies.

The YouTuber then went viral when a Gaga fan posted a fake tweet of the chart-topping singer supposedly reacting to Hanna’s comparison. “When an uglee stranger calls you twin. No B**ch,” the fake message read. Thousands of users retweeted the image, with many believing it to be real.

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A fake Lady Gaga tweet trashing Gabbie Hanna went viral.

The fake tweet even contained a “response” from Katy Perry. Despite being a joke, the image took off on Twitter. At the time of writing, the post has over 389.k likes and 44.8k retweets.

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This isn’t the first time the YouTube personality has brought up looking like Gaga. On Instagram, Hanna posted a story video where she claimed fans had been comparing her to the star lately. “I’ve been getting this a lot. People have not stopped saying ‘I’m getting Lady Gaga vibes. Oh my, god I thought this was Lady Gaga,'” she said.

Even though the tweet was clearly fake, some Twitter users actually thought it was real. Critics that knew it was a joke retweeted the image out of not being a fan of the influencer’s comparison.

If nothing else, the story is a good example of how even a troll post can quickly go viral on social media. It’s also a cautionary tale to stay away from making comparisons, as it can backfire spectacularly.

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