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How to watch Twitch PogChamps 2 chess tournament ft. xQc, Forsen, more

Published: 19/Aug/2020 10:15

by Calum Patterson

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The second Twitch chess tournament, PogChamps 2, returns with an all-star cast of streamers battling for a share of the $50,000 up for grabs. Here’s how to watch the action unfold.

Chess has become an unlikely winner on Twitch in 2020, suddenly finding thousands of new viewers, mainly thanks to big-name streamers trying their hand at the legendary board game.

Twitch is better known for video game streaming, but with chess now an online multiplayer game in its own right, it’s a somewhat natural progression to see it gain traction on the platform.

xQc being checkmated on chess
Twitch: Chess
xQc losing in only 6 moves against moistcritikal became a viral meme from the last PogChamps tournament.

With the hype continuing, Chess.com are returning with PogChamps 2, a sequel to their successful first event, starting on August 21.

Twitch PogChamps 2 stream

While some of the players themselves will also be streaming on their personal channels, there is also a main broadcast for the tournament on Chess.com/TV and the Chess.com Twitch Channel, which will feature commentary from master players.

Although players can stream, they will need to do so with a delay and not be permitted to use their chat for any assistance.

The event itself will run in a similar format to the first tournament, starting with four groups of four once all 16 competitors are finalized. Top two from each group move to the championship bracket, while the bottom two move to the consolation bracket.

  • Group Stage: August 21-31
  • Quarterfinals: September 2-4
  • Semifinals: September 5
  • Finals: September 6

Top prize in the championship bracket is $10,000, while consolation players will compete for the top prize of $3,500.

PogChamps chess players

Headlining the tournament are some of the biggest streamers on all of Twitch:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Gripex90 itshafu dogdog hafthorjulius
Cizzorz Davidpakman Iwilldominate wagamamatv
Forsen easywithaces tfblade mizkif
CallmeCarsonlive xQc qtcinderella AustinShow

Clearly, these streamers are not all chess experts, but some, like xQc, have been receiving some of the best training possible from chess Grandmaster and fellow Twitch streamer Hikaru Nakamura.

PogChamps 2 schedule

Group Match Schedule

Date Time (PT) Round Player Player
August 21 1:00 PM Round 1 Gripex90 Cizzorz
August 21 2:00 PM Round 1 Forsen Callmecarsonlive
August 21 3:00 PM Round 1 itshafu Davidpakman
August 22 1:00 PM Round 1 easywithaces xQc
August 22 2:00 PM Round 1 hafthorjulius wagamamatv
August 23 1:00 PM Round 1 mizkif AustinShow
August 23 2:00 PM Round 1 dogdog Iwilldominate
August 23 3:00 PM Round 1 tfblade qtcinderella
August 24 1:00 PM Round 2 Gripex90 Forsen
August 24 2:00 PM Round 2 Cizzorz Callmecarsonlive
August 24 3:00 PM Round 2 Davidpakman xQc
August 26 1:00 PM Round 2 itshafu easywithaces
August 26 2:00 PM Round 2 wagamamatv mizkif
August 27 1:00 PM Round 2 hafthorjulius AustinShow
August 27 2:00 PM Round 2 dogdog tfblade
August 27 3:00 PM Round 2 Iwilldominate qtcinderella
August 28 1:00 PM Round 3 Gripex90 Callmecarsonlive
August 28 2:00 PM Round 3 Cizzorz Forsen
August 29 1:00 PM Round 3 itshafu xQc
August 29 2:00 PM Round 3 Davidpakman easywithaces
August 30 1:00 PM Round 3 hafthorjulius mizkif
August 30 2:00 PM Round 3 wagamamatv AustinShow
August 31 1:00 PM Round 3 dogdog qtcinderella
August 31 2:00 PM Round 3 Iwilldominate tfblade

Bracket Match Schedule

Date Time (PT) Round Player Player
September 2 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 2 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 2 3:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 3 3:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 4 1:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 4 2:00 PM Quarterfinals
September 5 12:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 1:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 2:00 PM Semifinals
September 5 3:00 PM Semifinals
September 6 1:00 PM Final
September 6 2:00 PM Final

Though not seen traditionally as an esport, Chess.com are hoping that with more players watching competitive play on Twitch, it could naturally fit among the likes of League of Legends and CS:GO.

Of course, the streamers taking part are far from the best chess players in the world, but their star power is enough to attract fans. The popularity of chess on the platform has led to top-level players like Nakamura and Alexandra Botez, a Woman FIDE Master, growing massively on their personal channels.

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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

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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.