TSM has struck the entire esports industry in awe as the highly renowned esports organization has acquired a chess prodigy to their ranks. Hikaru Nakamura is a professional chess grandmaster with and a five-time national champion who will be the first chess player to get signed by TSM.
Hikaru Nakamura is considered as one of the best chess player on the planet. He started his chess career from a very early age and at age 15 he became the youngest American to earn the title of grandmaster. Hikaru has been rising since then, competiting at the pinnacle of chess and ranking number one in rapid and blitz chess, surpassing Magnus Carlsen in the process.
Hikaru is not only a professional chess player, but also a hotshot on Twitch. He is a big name on streaming platform Twitch, having more than 500,000 followers and thousands of concurrent viewers watching and learning from his streams. He is mostly seen playing online chess by himself or explaining intricate details about his strategic gameplay.
Team Solomid is a professional esports organization based in United States with active rosters competing in ten titles, now including chess. TSM has always been one of the powerhouse when it comes to esports. Their League of Legends roster have a well-established fanbase and the new acquired VALORANT lineup is considered to be among the best in the world.
TSM has already expanded their reach in other Esports genres as well. They started up by partnering with one Indian organization named Entity Gaming to form a new team playing under TSM-Entity banner in PUBG Mobile, representing the brand in the rising mobile esports.
The normal over-the-board chess games are transformed into its digital counterparts due to world pandemic. Websites like chess.com have replaced indoor game as the official tournaments being are held online. Entering into traditional sports, TSM has moved one step closer to blending in the sports and esports culture together. Chess is an ancient competitive game and entering into its competition with one of the best player on the planet is indeed a smart move by TSM.