Just in case you are not familiar with Chess Rush, it is the lowdown: it belongs to the growing auto chess subgenre, which came alive at the beginning of the year and seems to be the major innovation in 2019. The genre combines chess and MOBA, with teams of heroes playing on checkered boards.
In the case of Chess Rush, it means an 8 × 8 board, with seven different players moving from head to head (head to head to …) using more than 50 different heroes as pieces.
It's about tactical thinking. You have to think about formations, combine identical heroes for affinity bonuses, what things to equip, and much more than that before sending your troops to battle.
These battles last up to 40 minutes in classic mode, but the Turbo mode cuts it down to ten minutes, accelerating everything into an exciting panic-scramble.
In addition to taking on random opponents, you can create a place of collaboration with your friends and take on other teams from around the world.
Tencent has been the publisher of some of the largest eSport games out there (including the Arena of Valor and PUBG Mobile) ̵
So what is this about an event? Chess Rush Global Star Challenge will involve eight influencers from eight different nations – Brazil, North America, Russia, Korea, Thailand, Japan and Germany if you need to know – compete for prizes in full view of the world.
Yep, you can see the action as it happens by tapping on the Chess Rush Facebook page or the YouTube channel.
The top prize is a huge $ 10,000, while the first runner gets $ 5,000. The third place gets $ 1,000, and all eight competitors will go away with game goodies, but the rubbish they are. The two best players will also be in with a chance for a longer partnership with Tencent.
There are prizes on offer for you at home, with three lucky viewers who win three handsets. Take a look at the game's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information on the date and time of the event.
You can now download the app on the App Store (and Google Play.)