How to watch Twitch $50k PogChamps Chess event: Stream, schedule, more

Published: 12/Jun/2020 16:03

by Connor Bennett


A number of Twitch stars have been trying their hand at Chess in the Chess.Com PogChamps event. Here is everything you need to know about who is playing and how you can watch along with the action.

While Twitch is usually home to the top-level gaming action, there are plenty of subcategories for viewers and streamers to explore. In recent weeks, the Chess category has been booming as a number of Grandmasters like Hikaru Nakamura and Benjamin Finegold have picked up momentum on Twitch.

As a result, Chess.Com have been holding their $50,000 PogChamps tournament with a number of big streamers taking part. Here’s what you need to know. 

xQc has been getting checkmated in a tiny number of moves in Chess.

Who is playing in the Chess.com PogChamps event?

The PogChamps event got underway back on June 5 with a wide variety of streamers getting involved. Hugely popular Twitch streamers xQc, Yassuo, NymN, Forsen, BoxBox, NateHill, and Fuslie have been joined by other broadcasters Erobb, Hutch, moistCr1tikal, xChocobars, Papaplatte, Swiftor, Sliker, and Ludwig. 

As a result, the Chess.Com event streams have become some of the most popular on Twitch, with Hikaru and other grandmasters commentating on the action – while also offering up some advice to the streamers afterward games.

Chess PogChamps stream

As noted, the Chess.com stream is where you can find the main broadcast with Hikaru and his fellow grandmasters giving insight during games. Though, the streamers have been using their own channels as well.

You can find the main broadcast embedded below so you don’t have to move a muscle if you actually want to watch the games.

Chess.com PogChamps schedule

As of writing, the event’s group stage has almost come to its conclusion, with a championship and consolation bracket in the offing once the groups have been finished. 

Group’s B, C, and D have two games left each with the first getting underway at 9 pm BST/4 pm EST/1 pm PST/10 pm CEST and the second at 10 pm BST/5 pm EST/2 pm PST/11 pm CEST. 

Date Game Time
June 12 moistCr1tikal vs yassuo 1 pm PST
June 12 xQc vs Hutch 2 pm PST
June 13 NymN vs Forsen 1 pm PST
June 13 xChocobars vs ItsSliker 2 pm PST
June 14 Papaplatte vs boxbox 1 pm PST
June 14 Ludwig vs Swift0r 2 pm PST

Players have the chance to earn some cash for their efforts – no matter how poorly they may have done. The four group winners will each net themselves $1,000 with the remaining $36,000 split between the championship and consolation brackets. 

Championship Bracket: 8 players, $30,000 prize pool

  • Chess.com PogChamps Winner: $10,000
  • 2nd Place: $6,000
  • Semifinalist (2): $3,000
  • Quarterfinalist (4): $2,000

Consolation Bracket: 8 players, $16,000 prize pool 

  • 1st Place: $4,000
  • 2nd Place: $3,000
  • Semifinalist (2): $2,000
  • Quarterfinalist (4): $1,250

As the event comes to its conclusion on June 19, you’ll be able to find final placements on Dexerto and see how your favorite streamer got on with their competitive Chess exploits.


Nikita Dragun calls out influencer who claims her setting spray was moldy

Published: 19/Jan/2021 19:35

by Virginia Glaze


YouTube star and beauty guru Nikita Dragun is coming under fire after seeming to throw shade at a fellow influencer who complained that Nikita’s line of setting sprays were moldy.

As the beauty industry continues to evolve, more and more makeup influencers are releasing their own product lines; from Patrick Starrr’s ‘One Size’ line to James Charles’ famous Morphe palette, there’s no shortage of products for fans to get their hands on these days.

Nikita Dragun is one of these influencers. The YouTuber unveiled her very own beauty line, Dragun Beauty, a little over two years ago — but one influencer on her PR list has sparked drama surrounding her ‘Forever Fantasy’ setting spray.

On January 12, YouTuber ‘cohlsworld’ uploaded a video that appeared to show dark flakes floating around in the purple bottle of setting spray, claiming that it “legit looks like mold.”

Dragun spoke out on the claim in a series of videos posted to her Instagram stories, stating that a “small batch” of her setting spray that had been sent out in PR packages had “crystallized ever so slightly.”

“It’s completely fine,” Dragun said. “These things happen. We are a vegan and cruelty-free brand. Mistakes happen!”

However, the outrage around the incident isn’t limited to the potential mold in the spray; rather, it’s Dragun’s reaction to the influencer who uploaded the video, with Dragun saying, “Anyone will do anything to try to get a view these days, even though they’re still irrelevant.”

“It’s not easy to be a female entrepreneur of a small business,” she continued. “But I guess it comes with the territory.”

Dragun also uploaded a captioned photo to her stories thanking her critics and stating that she loves criticism “because I want to learn and grow.”

“However, those individuals who intentionally go out of their way to try to be dramatic and rude to get views… like you couldn’t even see the email because you’re not on the PR list. That’s not how you gain success boo boo.”

Nikita Dragun discusses claims of mold in her line of setting spray.

It looks like fans and critics are divided regarding her response to the matter, with many comparing this latest incident to Jaclyn Hill’s infamous lipstick fiasco of 2019. For now, it doesn’t look like Nikita is bothered — after all, this wouldn’t be the first time she’s been harangued by commenters in the past few months, by far.