TSM’s Hikaru Challenges Obama to a Chess Match on Twitch
It sounds like TSM wants to get in on the hype AOC’s live stream had. Grandmaster Hikaru has challenged Obama to a chess match on Twitch! Has Rep. AOC changed how content creators and esports pros view the streaming service? That very may well be the case. After all, over 400,000 people tuned in to see AOC play Among Us, and talk politics. So with that, Chess Grandmaster Hikaru threw the gauntlet down to raise funds for a good cause, and for Joe Biden.
We could see this become the new way politicians get the word out. Instead of shaking hands and kissing babies, they hit up content creators on Twitch!
A Good Cause? Mixed Thoughts on This From the Fans
Former President Obama has not responded to the challenge as of this writing, but you never know. So what’s the story here? Hikaru was apparently watching AOC’s Twitch stream, when he was struck with this idea. The idea of streaming with big-name politicians is a new concept, and it’s so hard to do something new on Twitch these days. Whether or not he’s actively trying to promote something good, or simply riding a wave while it’s fresh, that’s for Hikaru to know.
However, TSM’s Hikaru Nakamura definitely challenged Obama to a chess match:
“Hey @BarackObama – I see @AOC on twitch tonight doing a promotion for voting and playing Among us with some huge streamers. Any chance you’d be interested in a chess match to raise funds for the @joebiden VIctory Fund and @actblue? Let me know, my dms are open!”
Act Blue is a nonprofit org that allows left-leaning nonprofits, Democratic candidates, and other progressives to raise money from individual persons on the Internet via fund-raising software. Think of it sort of how GDQ raises money with their Games Done Quick streams. It feels very similar to that.
However, not everyone in the Hikaru fanbase are keen on the idea. One of the more blunt responses was “How the f*** do I follow you for chess and I see politics?” but the answer to that’s not as complicated as one might think. In more cases than not, people who ask to not talk about politics aren’t actively affected by negative government policy. It’s important for people who have a marginalized voice to get theirs heard. On top of that, the importance of voting has never been greater, so this is a smart move on Hikaru’s part.
Not everyone’s down on the idea, but there’s always going to be naysayers and toxic people screaming on Twitter and Twitch. That’s what we come to expect by now. Would this pull as many people forward as AOC did? That’s hard to say. Both Obama and AOC are incredibly charismatic personalities, and TSM is a massive org. It really depends on how it’s marketed and advertised.
This writer’s question is more simple: What sort of strategy do you adopt when taking on a chess grandmaster like Hikaru? Hikaru’s signing to TSM is enough for us to see chess as an esport. What do you say, President Obama? Do you accept Hikaru Nakamura’s challenge for a chess match?