How to watch PogChamps 3 chess tournament: stream, schedule, results
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PogChamps 3 chess tournament announced ft. Mr Beast, Pokimane, xQc, more

Published: 12/Jan/2021 5:16 Updated: 12/Jan/2021 10:53

by Brad Norton

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PogChamps 3 has officially been revealed as Grandmaster Hikaru’s major chess tournament is lined up for its biggest run yet with internet celebrities like Mr Beast and Pokimane joining the fun.

With chess having taken over much of streaming culture throughout 2020, the exceedingly popular PogChamps event is back for its third iteration. With tens of thousands often on the line and some of the biggest streamers taking part, it has quickly become a must-watch tournament.

Five months later after the second event and the next big chess tournament has just been locked in. The biggest streamers and a handful of mainstream celebs will be coached up by an array of accomplished chess players.

From when the action gets underway to every name signed up thus far, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the PogChamps 3 chess tournament.

PogChamps 3: Chess tournament format

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The third PogChamps event is all set for February 14.

The popular chess event has just been announced but we’re still a while off from the first games. PogChamps 3 won’t be kicking off until February 14 this time around.

While the first two tournaments featured $50,000 prize pools each, things are being turned up a notch for the third iteration. $100,000 is on the line with Chess.com also matching up to $100,000 in donations for charitable organizations.

If the event follows an identical structure to its previous run, we should have a rough idea on how things will unfold. PogChamps 2 kicked off with an 11-day group stage before advancing through a five-day playoff bracket. There’s no reason to believe PogChamps 3 will buck this trend. However, we’ll be sure to update you if that’s the case.

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Many accomplished chess players will be coaching up the big names involved.

Given the global nature of the chess tournament, this event will be played online once again. Competitors will be joining the broadcast from the comfort of their homes. 

Additionally, you’ll be able to tune in from a variety of platforms. PogChamps 3 is set to go live across Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more to be announced soon.

PogChamps 3: Players & talent

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PogChamps 3 features some of the biggest Twitch streamers alongside mainstream celebs.

From the biggest social media personalities to mainstream celebrities, more big names are getting involved this time around than ever before.

You’ve got rappers mixing it up with Hollywood actors and Twitch streamers alike. All the while, chess superstars will be coaching their chosen players and providing commentary for the event as well. Below is an up to date list of every name locked in for PogChamps 3 thus far.

Confirmed Players
Who are they?
Mr Beast Philanthropist cited as pioneering expensive stunts on YouTube.
Pokimane The most subscribed female Twitch star on the platform.
Myth Legendary Fortnite Twitch streamer.
xQc Overwatch legend and Luminosity member.
MoistCr1TiKaL Jack-of-all-trades star with over 7.3 million subscribers.
Ludwig Considered to be the fastest button masher in the world.
Logic Powerhouse American rapper.
CodeMiko The world’s first virtual CGI streamer.
Daniel Negreanu Professional champion poker player.
Michelle Khare Former professional cyclist turned YouTuber.
Rainn Wilson Iconic actor and former star of The Office.

 

Confirmed Coaches & Commentators Who are they?
GM Hikaru 5-time United States Chess Champion.
Levy Rozman American International Master, coach, commentator, and streamer
Anna Rudolf FIDE International Master and Woman Grandmaster.
Alexandra Botez FIDE Master, and first female president of the Stanford University Chess Club.
Andrea Botez Sister of Alexandra Botez, the sisters recently signed to Team Envy.
Daniel Naroditsky Naroditsky became a published chess author 2010 at just 14 years old.
Nemo Former World Youth Champion holding titles of both Woman Grandmaster and FIDE Master.
Daniel Rensch Holds Arizona state’s record for the youngest national master when 14 years old, now Chess.com’s Chief Chess Officer.
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Virtual streamer CodeMiko banned from Twitch for third time

Published: 19/Jan/2021 10:40 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 10:53

by Connor Bennett

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Popular virtual streamer CodeMiko has been banned from Twitch for the third time, leaving some fans asking if this is a permanent ban. 

Over the years, Twitch streamers have come up with different ways to stand out from the crowd instead of just being world-class at certain games. Some have ramped up production in a major way and you can’t really take your eyes off it.

That includes VTubers and virtual streamers too, who use a digital avatar, editing, and even in some cases, a motion capture suit, to replace themselves on-screen and take on a different persona. 

In the last few weeks, Codemiko – a streamer who takes the VTuber concept to a whole new level – has been getting massive numbers on Twitch. However, she’s now been banned, yet again. 

CodeMiko on a livestream
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CodeMiko is a virtual streamer with 50,000 followers on Twitch

The ban came on January 19 after StreamerBans, who tracks all the different bans – temporary or permanent – on Twitch, tweeted that CodeMiko had been suspended by Twitch. 

The reason for the ban, or its length, is unknown but some fans were quick to speculate on the reason. Some suggested that it was because she used the word Simp – which was recently banned by Twitch. 

Others noted that in a previous stream, where she was interviewing fellow streamer PayMoneyWubby, Codemiko was incredibly drunk and could have been banned for that. Twitch does have some strict rules around drinking on stream, especially if you get out of hand and overindulge. 

There’s no way of confirming just why she’s banned, or how long the ban will last unless the streamer reveals it herself. Twitch typically does not comment on individual bans.

The only thing she’s posted regarding the ban was the ‘sadge’ meme.

This would be her third ban, previously being banned twice in September of 2020.

However, a streamer has to be banned three times within a three month period to rack up a permanent ban, so, she’ll probably be back at some point in the near future.