Announcing The Arena Kings Streamers Championship
Arena Kings has a new format, increased prizes, and a new Streamers Championship.

Announcing The Arena Kings Streamers Championship

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May 2, 2018, 11:40 AM |
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Building on the success of their arena tournament and chess-streaming platforms, Chess.com and Twitch will debut a revamped Arena Kings chess tournament series later this month, culminating in a Streamers Championship in August. The new season will feature $15,000 in prizes.

The new tournament series will allow both super-grandmasters and casual players to earn cash prizes and grand-prix style leaderboard points to play their way into the season's final event, the $5,000 Streamers Championship.

Anyone is eligible to join the Arena Kings Streamers Championship season by playing an Arena Kings tournament on the Chess.com live server and streaming their games to Twitch.tv. 

All players must stream their games to earn cash prizes and Arena Kings Streamers Championship leaderboard points.

You can find quick links to important event information below:

Arena Kings kicks off with its new format on Monday, May 14 as it moves to a new, twice-per-week schedule, with one bullet and one blitz tournament per week.

Arena kings first event May 14

The series will also debut a new monthly tournament called Royal Arena Kings, with larger prizes and streamer points, allowing the world's best players to win cash and qualify for the Streamers Championship. 

Jon Ludvig Hammer Chess

Norwegian GM Jon Ludvig Hammer playing Arena Kings.

The two weekly Arena Kings events will form a four-month streaming circuit, concluding with the Streamers Championship, giving chess fans a distinct arena-streaming season to follow and enjoy. After the next Streamers Champion is crowned in August, the series will begin again in September, with another Streamers Championship at the end of the year.

Players must qualify for the Streamers Championship by accumulating leaderboard points earned in the Arena Kings and Royal Arena Kings events for placing and streaming.

For tips on how to stream your games and the best ways to get more viewers, see these three articles:

Arena Kings Streamers Championship Details

Format:

Arena Kings

  • Twice per week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, three times per month
  • Bullet on Monday and blitz on Wednesday
  • $250 chess prize pool per event 
  • $100 streamer prizes per event
  • Two-hour arena tournament
  • Live broadcast on Twitch.tv/chess

Royal Arena Kings

  • Once per month on Monday and Wednesday
  • Bullet on Monday and blitz on Wednesday
  • $600 chess prize pool per event
  • $150 streamer prizes per event
  • Two-hour arena tournament followed by a 1.5-hour, eight-player knockout bracket
  • Live broadcast on Twitch.tv/chess

*** As per our standard identification rules for other cash prize events, we require that all finalists in Royal Arena Kings events identify themselves. Real names must be listed on their Chess.com Profiles, and streamers must either appear on camera during their streams and/or provide verbal commentary of the games in progress. Anonymous players cannot earn prizes.

The same rules apply for anyone who qualifies and decides to play in the Streamers Championship finals.

Streamers Championship

  • Once per Arena Kings season (every four months)
  • 125 leaderboard points needed to qualify (see chart below)
  • $5,000 in prizes per event, paid out via the points leaderboard
  • Winner of the finals is automatically placed atop the leaderboard
  • Two-day event
  • Two-hour bullet arena on day one
  • Two-hour blitz arena on day one
  • Single-elimination bullet and blitz bracket with Armageddon tiebreaker on day two
  • Additional $100 prize for fan fantasy chess winner
  • Live broadcast on Twitch.tv/chess

Cash Prizes:

All players must stream their games to earn cash prizes and Arena Kings Streamers Championship leaderboard points.

arena kings prizes

Streaming prizes:

Each Arena Kings event will have a $50 top-viewed stream prize and two $25 staff pick prizes.

Each Royal Arena Kings event will have a $75 top-viewed stream prize, a $50 staff prize and a $25 staff prize. 

Points Awarded:

arena kings points

Full Schedule:

arena kings schedule

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