Close this search box.

Warning: Undefined variable $post in /bitnami/wordpress/wp-content/themes/hello-elementor-child/functions.php on line 31

Warning: Attempt to read property "ID" on null in /bitnami/wordpress/wp-content/themes/hello-elementor-child/functions.php on line 31
2 minutes read

Chess Live Stream Viewership Surges

Chess growth Oct 20 - Feb 21

Since October 2020, chess live stream viewership has increased 408% on Twitch. Just like any other game, chess became a trend for streamers. Some have played chess their whole life but never broadcasted it while others were new to the board game. Free, online websites like provide easy access for anyone trying to play. A low entry barrier, relaxed playstyle to read chat, and extremely high skill ceiling makes chess appealing for a lot of streamers.

Popular streamers like xQc, ludwig, and Rubius accelerated the growth of the category. In February, they all had at least 450K hours watched of strictly chess content on stream. Because of the recent growth, the chess category has been ranked around the 25th most watched category on Twitch each month. This beats games like Rocket League, Hearthstone, and Teamfight Tactics.

The growth of chess is also making an impact in the esports ecosystem. Both TSM and Envy have signed professional chess players as content creators for their organizations. GMHikaru and the Botez sisters all signed to an esports organization and have seen substantial viewership on stream as a result.

Moving forward, chess has the opportunity to be a major category on live streaming platforms. However, unique content and audience interest will play a large role in its success. So, will chess live stream viewership be the next big thing in esports or will it fade as another trend?

For more viewership data insights delivered directly to your inbox weekly, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our blog page.

Download our latest report analyzing the State of Collegiate Esports.

Weekly newsletter

No spam. Just the latest releases and tips, interesting articles, and exclusive interviews in your inbox every week.

Read about our Privacy Policy

More about it

More data. More power.

Start using the power of Stream Hatchet and join the hundreds of companies that use us every day to get the best industry information.

More on topic

Sponsors make events happen. If you’re a tournament

Fallout is a mainstay of internet-era gaming. Although

Related Videos

We create industry-unique reports for your information

Sponsors make events happen. If you’re a tournament

Fallout is a mainstay of internet-era gaming. Although