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Chess GM Hikaru slams ‘elitist’ community after xQc Twitch co-stream

Published: 22/May/2020 7:18

by Andrew Amos


Grandmaster chess player-turned-Twitch extraordinaire Hikaru Nakamura has defended fellow streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel in his attempt to pick up the classic board game, saying “the chess world needs to get with the times.”

Chess has been taking Twitch by storm over the last few weeks, and Japanese-born American Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura has been at the forefront of that rise.

The 32-year-old five-time U.S. Chess Champion has peaked at rank two in the world, and currently sits in the top 20.

He’s putting his skill to use by bringing chess to a wider audience, streaming on Twitch to tens of thousands of fans daily.

It’s got the interest of certain streamers like former Overwatch pro xQc. The French-Canadian star has been looking at picking up the board game, taking lessons from Hikaru while streaming alongside the Grandmaster.

However, xQc and Hikaru’s antics have been somewhat criticized by the wider chess community. Some believe that the Grandmaster is wasting his time on the Twitch star, but he has rubbished those claims, saying the chess community needs to be taken down a peg.

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xQc has been picking up Chess on stream to varying success.

“If I look at xQc, I’ll tell you what the reaction is. The classic chess world will just say ‘this guy is no good at chess, he’s so bad, why do we waste our time?,’” he said on May 21. “[This] is absolute rubbish obviously.”

He compared his successes in chess to xQc’s in Overwatch. Lengyel has represented Canada at the Overwatch World Cup, played in the inaugural season of the Overwatch League for the Dallas Fuel, and has consistently placed well on the ranked ladder.

His achievements are nothing to be scoffed at ⁠— and if Hikaru was in xQc’s shoes in trying to pick up a new hobby, he’d fail miserably at the start too.

“xQc, first of all, without talking of him as a streamer, he was a grandmaster in Overwatch. I’m sorry, but if you put me playing Overwatch for I don’t care how long, or you put Magnus [Carlsen, the number one ranked chess player in the world] ⁠— we would be total noobs. That’s just a fact.”

Hikaru also claimed that “the chess world needs to get with the times” and be welcoming to new players.

xQc still has a long way to go to improving in the 1,500-year-old board game, but with a Grandmaster like Hikaru by his side, he’s bound to pick up the pieces sooner rather than later.

As for Hikaru, maybe he should give Overwatch a try on stream, and ask the former pro for some tips too.


Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam


A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.