Drama within the chess neighborhood was actually heating up between GM Hikaru, Eric Hansen’s “Chessbrah” channel, and Chessbae. Reportedly, Hikaru was accused of copyright placing Eric Hansen’s channel. The declare got here from Bent Pixels Choose, which is an organization that works with each Hikaru and TSM basically. In these accusations, a pair of Chessbrah (Eric Hansen’s YouTube channel) movies had been copies of GM Hikaru’s and had been thus copyright struck. Nonetheless, GM Hikaru has come out with an apology.
Bent Pixels Choose identified Chessbrah uploaded a pair of movies that had been direct copyright of one in every of TSM’s content material creators, GM Hikaru. GM Hikaru apologized for the “Chess Drama” in a Twitlonger, and stated he’d now not talk about this in public after the very fact. Hikaru acknowledged that errors had been made, and in addition threw Chessbae underneath the bus, so it appears. According to the Twitlonger, Chessbae acted on her personal volition, and he wouldn’t be working along with her, going ahead:
“I’ll now not be working with Chessbae. I respect what she has accomplished for me and the world of chess, however it’s time to transfer on with a brand new workforce. With reference to Chessbrah/Eric Hansen, we have to join privately to attempt to resolve our points. I cannot do that in a public discussion board and won’t converse publicly about him once more. As two of the sport’s most excessive profile chess content material creators, we’ve a accountability to the neighborhood to no less than meet as professionals.”
We do hope that Chessbrah and GM Hikaru can come collectively and squash the chess drama that has come up. One of many issues with the apology is, whereas he does admit wrongdoing, GM Hikaru does additionally say it’s due to how “we” are letting down the chess followers/neighborhood. That feels much less like an admission of wrongdoing and extra shifting the blame onto different folks.
It doesn’t actually really feel like a lot of an apology. Although Chessbae and Hikaru are now not working collectively, and resulting from this, Chessbae additionally misplaced her Chess.com moderator and Twitch/Streamer powers throughout her accounts. Chess.com additionally made an announcement on Reddit:
“Whereas we do want to make clear that Chessbae has by no means been an worker of the Chess.com firm, she has labored with us on behalf of streamers to coordinate and develop their channels via Chess.com. And whereas we respect the abilities, ardour, and dedication of Chessbae to develop chess and the streamers she works with, we acknowledge that her strategies and communications have at instances been problematic (and we really feel this reached a head lately along with her dealing with of the copyright strike towards the ChessBrahs).”
Chess.com’s response was a succinct one which made sense. GM Hikaru’s didn’t really feel as clear, however we do hope that sooner or later, he brings a extra constructive face to chess as an esport, and drama like this stops developing. This entire scenario is unlucky, however we do hope the Chessbrahs and GM Hikaru come collectively to squash all of it.