The first-ever Chess.com PogChamps kicked off Friday, with fans across the world tuning in to watch their favorite Twitch streamers clash on the chessboard. Opening day action saw Group A kick off in earnest, with Fuslie and Voyboy both notching wins. Hutch's win to round out the action teased Group B's much-anticipated matchup between Yassuo and xQc, set to start Saturday at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (23:00 CEST) on Chess.com/tv and Twitch.tv/Chess. The day's broadcast will begin at 11:45 a.m. PDT (20:45 p.m. CEST).
Even with only three games scheduled for the event's opening day, Chess.com's official broadcast peaked at 52,000 concurrent viewers, making it the most-watched English stream on all of Twitch.