Chess TV partners with Wurl to deliver a chess-themed FAST channel, Chess TV.
Chess.com are a leading online chess platform and Wurl is a leading solutions provider.
Chess TV will broadcast competitions of board games such as the Champions Chess Tour, Chess.com Global Chess Championship, the Speed Chess Championship and the World Chess Championship.
Chess.com said it’s the world’s largest chess website with over 140 million members worldwide.
Alongside live broadcasts, Chess TV will also air original chess programs such as Street Chess. The docu-series explores the chess scene in select cities, and existing series featuring legendary players. Players such as Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri.
Through Wurl’s Global FAST Pass solution, Chess TV will be marketed to streamers worldwide. According to the company, Global FAST Pass is the world’s largest FAST channel network. It reaches more than 300 million viewers in 195 countries across 38 streamer brands.
“Our Chess.com community is incredibly robust, engaged and growing every single day. Chess has gone mainstream and its interest on a global scale is at an all-time high.
“We have a powerful chess platform that will help drive Chess TV into the FAST space. We are looking forward to working with Wurl to make that happen,” said Chess.com CEO, Erik Allebest.
In May 2023, Chess.com membership soared past 140 million worldwide, which represents a 355% increase since January 2020, with 150,000 new users being registered each day. The site also had more than 57 million monthly active users playing 840 million games during the month. This is up 550% since January 2020. Chess.com is the 114th world-ranked site on the internet, while in June 2023, Chess.com was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies. One advantage chess has over snooker is that viewers can actually play online, as well as watch. An up-to-the-minute press release from Chess.com indicates the dramatic extent of this media triumph for our game.
News Source: Digital TV Europe