Chess GM Hikaru slams Alexandra Botez for miscategorizing Twitch streams - Dexerto

Chess GM Hikaru slams Alexandra Botez for miscategorizing Twitch streams

Published: 28/Jul/2020 17:35 Updated: 28/Jul/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and chess master Hikaru ‘GMHikaru’ Nakamura called out fellow chess player Alexandra Botez for broadcasting in the “Just Chatting” category as opposed to “Chess.”

During a July 27 broadcast, the popular steamer was looking through chess’s Twitch statistics and noticed there were as many as 10,000 viewers not showing up in the chess directory.

According to Hikaru, this was happening because Botez was streaming chess in the “Just Chatting” category, completely skewing the actual numbers.

“When you have advertisers or sponsors looking to the chess directory and thinking about say sponsoring PogChamps 2 or other possible events, what it does is the numbers aren’t reflective of the number of people watching chess,” the five-time US Chess champion explained.

PogChamps is a Twitch chess tournament where popular streamers such as xQc and Forsen compete against each other for a cash prize. The second installment, beginning August 21, will also feature Game of Thrones’ star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

Hikaru continued to call Botez’s streams “an issue” that could potentially affect chess events on Twitch simply because sponsors won’t be seeing the real numbers.

“You are going to look at the chess directory at the end of the day,” he added. “That is the main point.”

Hikaru did admit, however, that streamers are likely to get more viewers by streaming in “Just Chatting,” which affects chess “as a whole.”

“I think that is certainly something that is not good for the game,” he said. “It’s her choice? I mean, technically I guess it is. But when you see people like xQc switch to chess when he plays chess, it does strike me as a little bit odd.”

According to the third-party Twitch stat-tracking site Twitchmetrics, Hikaru is the most-watched chess channel on the platform. Meanwhile, Botez is the second most-watched English Just Chatting channel.

Hikaru and Botez are both due to be working together doing commentary on PogChamps 2.


Dixie D’Amelio tears up over painful nose surgery aftermath in BTS vlog

Published: 29/Oct/2020 15:15

by Georgina Smith


Dixie D’Amelio has finally released the behind the scenes vlog of her nose surgery from back in September, with the uncomfortable after-effects leaving the much loved TikTok star emotional.

Charli and Dixie D’Amelio have taken the TikTok world by storm, very much as a family unit. The sisters, along with their parents, have spread their content wings past TikTok, and into YouTube, the podcast world, and have even dabbled in beauty.

The youngest sister Charli grossed fans out in August when she released a rather gruesome video of her own nose surgery to help fix her breathing, showing a very detailed look of the doctor scraping out pieces of cartilage and septum.

About a month following Dixie received the same procedure in order to fix breathing problems that had accumulated thanks to similar injuries that Charli received. Dixie even had to call out fans who claimed she was ‘copying’ Charli for getting surgery, despite the fact that the procedure was not cosmetic.

Dixie D'Amelio gets nose surgery
Twitter: Dixie D'Amelio
Dixie postponed her nose surgery because she wanted to continue playing sports.

After waiting for over a month, Dixie has now finally unveiled the behind the scenes vlog of the lead up to her surgery on her YouTube channel, and it’s safe to say it wasn’t a particularly fun experience.

She included videos of the consultations between her and her surgeon, with him demonstrating that that main point of the surgery was to correct a twist in the septum that was caused by sporting incidents that led to a whopping 14 concussions.

Dixie D’Amelio shares negative side effects of surgery

The immediate after-effects were clearly uncomfortable, Dixie saying “I cried right after surgery because I wanted to go home so bad. And I just wanna snort, I wanna breathe in so deep but there’s cotton on my nose. And my forehead’s itchy but it’s also numb.”

In a slightly delirious video taken in the mirror, Dixie said “I keep crying and I don’t know why,” but even after an uncomfortable looking cough, continues to sing “keep your head up, it’s bedtime.”

While the star seemed in relatively light spirits initially, all things considered, things quickly took a turn for the worst the next day, when she said that “I had such a rough night trying to sleep.”

“My nose doesn’t hurt at all, but I have an awful migraine, and I get really bad migraines, so that’s just where all my pain is right now.” The TikTok star also admitted that she “couldn’t stop crying last night over my thoughts.”

However, now that time has passed since the surgery, Dixie looks to be in better spirits than ever, much to her fans’ relief. In the description of her vlog, she also thanked her surgeon Dr. Raj Kanodia for “doing such an amazing job and making me feel so comfortable from beginning to end!”

Dixie D’Amelio is a TikTok influencer with over 42 million followers on the app. She and her younger sister Charli D’Amelio have garnered a combined follower count of a whopping 137 million followers.