In 2020, the ancient strategy game, chess, saw a huge spike in popularity on Twitch. It became one of the most popular "new" games, with big streamers such as Pokimane, xQc, MrBeast and more jumping in. Now, popular esports analytical service, Esports Charts, has partnered up with the Play Magnus Group for online chess tournaments in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour series.
Esports Charts and Play Magnus Group partnership
In a press release, Esports Charts and Play Magnus Group announced their partnership. This partnership with Esports Charts will provide the Play Magnus Group with "unique analytical services" and comprehensive metrics for the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour series.
For those who haven't been following the Meltware Champions Chess Tour series, it started back in November 2020. The Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will, for the first time in history, determine the best chess player in the world.
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There are monthly tournaments taking place culminating in a final tournament to be held in September 2021.
Esports Charts will provide the Play Magnus group with regular viewership reports on each of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournaments for Twitch, YouTube and more.
The CEO of Esports Charts, Artyom Odintsov, comments: "A few years ago we witnessed a surge of chess players start streaming. As a result, the chess category is now broadly streamed on Twitch, Youtube, and other platforms covering official competitions as well."
We are proud to be a part of this transformation and deliver powerful insights to Play Magnus Group proving its leading position and significance in the industry with solid numbers."
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Reports will include statistics which will enable the Play Magnus Group to better understand its audience.
Arkus Fredriksson, the Chief Strategy Officer of Play Magnus Group states: "We were thrilled to have millions of fans watching the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour this Summer, and thanks to Esports Charts we know the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour has already surpassed some of our key viewership records."
We are looking forward to further collaborating with Esports Charts to track the exciting growth of chess and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour across online streaming platforms."
It is clear the chess renaissance continues in 2021, and the age-old strategy title grows. Head on over to the official Meltwater Champions Chess Tour page, and catch the action on Chess24 YouTube as well as Twitch.tv channels.