Chess for players
Own your game with Checkmate

Checkmate is a next-gen esports-first cloud-based broadcast and tournament platform for speed chess.

We provide players of all skill levels a level playing field for both competitive and social play to compete for glory, ratings, cash, credits and collectables. From Arcade to Competitive play we’re committed to ensuring players and teams play fair and get a fair go by sharing in the upside.

Founders First Mint

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Speed Chess

Play for fun, play fair, play hard. Play fast and furious speed chess with mates.

For Loot

Earn cash, credits and collectables at all skill levels. Epic prize pools each season.

Arcade Mode

Play the game within a game, battle your mates, play for keeps. Earn XP and complete missions and quests to unlock limited edition cards and skins.

Competitive Mode

Rank up solo or as a squad through our esport-first division system. Play in local and global leagues and tournaments. Compete for glory, rewards and some serious cash.

get ready to XP

Social play

Connect with mates anywhere with in-game video and chat. Chat, tip,  battle or tilt with unique emotes with your next-gen Avatar.

Next-Gen Avatars

Checkmate next-gen immersive Avatars are called Lil'Mates. Lil'Mates are dynamic, they're limited, upgradable, tradable and emulate your expressions and movements as you play.

Flex your game

Be the player you always wanted to be. Customise your Avatar, Chess set, or arena, it's time to play your way and flex.

Each season, new Avatars , skins and traits will be available for players to  earn, unlock and trade.

Players on a stage

Lil 'Mates are not only part of the arcade metagame they also act as a de-identification mask for players concerned about privacy. 

Partnered colab partners can BYO PFP with token gated tournaments.

Built to stream

Stream with a Checkmate next-gen Avatar  or a collab PFP direct to your favourite streaming platform.

Extended Reality [XR]

Mix Lil Mates, broadcast, creators and hollywood tech players and every stage in a major tournament becomes a chapter in their story.

get ready for esports-first game play

Rated and unrated

Play in official Federation or Checkmate comps. Our exclusive Ai Anti-cheat and custom algorithms provide enhanced cheat-detection, fair play, pairing and skill-based matchmaking.


Enhanced fair play and skill-based matchmaking means better prizing for all skill levels.

100K comp sound good for unrated players under a 1100 elo?


Play at your leisure and level, rank up regionally and compete in global tournaments and leagues to compete for credits and cash.


Squad up to play in duos, trios and squads for credits and cash. Play in relegation and franchise leagues.

get ready to hustle


Collect limited edition digital collectables and skins that you can level up, hold, trade or sell.


Trade or swap collectables and skins with other players.
50% of trading fees are allocated to the Community Treasury.


Partnered players, teams and PFP collections can run tournaments and sell DLC.


A spot in the Arcade Grand Slam and World Cup. Epic prize pools funded by the Community Treasury.


Vote on community events and initiatives, future product improvements and community spend.

why checkmate?

Fair play first

Integrity, tolerance and transparency are key values to our team. We're committed to Fair play and ensuring players get a Fair go.

Resolving the issue of cheating in chess has been a priority. Pretty sure we've nailed that and now we can focus on our next mission.

Community is our next mission

Play brings people together. In the spirit of web3, Checkmate has established a co-governance model for the Community Treasury. Our model is designed to be fair and geared towards building a healthy ecosystem.

Our goal is to give players a voice and fair share of the upside.

Community Treasury

The Checkmate Treasury  is a dynamic fund that grows with every trade and treasury drop.

This  pool is allocated to  events, community initiatives, scholarships, special activities and prize pools.

50/50 on the upside

50% of all market place trading fees are allocated to the Community Treasury.

That's just for starters...

the community treasury

The community treasury has 4 pools:

  • 40%
    Event and Prize Pool

    Event Fund, Marketing and Prize Pool

  • 10%
    Creator and Sponsorship Pool

    Scholarships, Sponsorships and bounties

  • 40%
    Research and Developement

    Ai, Anti-cheat, Platform and XR

  • 10%

    Admin and integrity team

The Community Treasury receives:

  • 100% of treasury drops
  • 50% of Founders' drops pre and public sales revenue
  • 50% of Checkmate and participating marketplace secondary sales royalties
  • 50% of treasury yields

Treasury Management provider:

Founders First Mint Advisory

The next chapter begins
700 million reasons

To join THE  founders FIRST MINT

Dear fellow founder,

Chess is the world's biggest game, sport and upcoming esport with an estimated 700 million players. It's player base is bigger than football, bigger than League of Legends, bigger than Fortnite.

Online chess boomed during covid as the player base shifted online and has yet to slow down, it's only accelerated.

Our vision is to become the premier global platform for competitive mind sports, not just chess, that over 1 billion players we want to be mates with.

We're on a mission to promote fair play and a fair go for all players; a place where you can battle your mates, be the GOAT, make some bank, have a laugh, or get dead serious about your game.

The journey to date has been a bit of a mission due to various challenges, such as closed borders (in Australia), tech at the time not meeting our ambitions, navigating the legal minefield of web3 [thanks Gerry], but mainly due to the elephant in the room in online Chess - cheating.

Until we had worked through these challenges, there was no way we were going to put something on the market that we wouldn't stand by - Yip, we're all undoxed.

We've pulled in some mates, done lots of R&D, signed some rights and sponsorship deals, acquired an Ai anti-cheat company, brought in experts, who know more than us, worked out who mos of the cowboys are and wrinkles, we've lined up all the pieces we need.

Now we're good to open up to other players who want to get involved, have fresh insights and share our vision. We're also looking forward to you kicking the tires and spelling out areas we can improve or you want to lean in on.

By the June 9th, we aim to have updated the website with most the info you need to know: our journey, progress to date, roadmap, what we are, what we aren't, what's web3, what's not, founders inventory and key dates.

We'll also start providing regular updates, crank up discord and the socials and start dropping some loot and key upcoming dates.

Right now, we're off to have a schooner after a hard two years work completing the qualifiers.

Cheers mate.

Your future co-founders

Avatar Private Sale

The Lil'Mates private sale is invite only and limited to 2999 Avatars.

First time holders earn 50% of secondary royalties involving their Avatar.

This is a special entitlement and is only being offered to private sale buyers. The other 50% of secondary royalties will be allocated to the Community Treasury.

Avatar presale and public sale

Checkmate's Founders Lil' mates Avatar drop consists of six separate collections - 29,999 in total.

Collections are based on the King, Queen, Rook, Bishop, Knight and Pawn in chess.

Each collection has a suite of exclusive traits and founder only benefits.

All collections include a PFP which unlocks your next-gen avatar and a competitive pass, ranging from one year to lifetime access.

Arcade card pack drop

Checkmate's Arcade Mode is a game within a game.

The objective of the Arcade mode is to earn XP to collect cards and complete a set.

Sets unlock XP boosts, DLC, prizes and in-game currency. 

Founders Card packs contain limited edition cards that are pre-sold and dropped before the platform's first season. Founders Cards can be sold on secondary markets prior to season one.

Card packs will also include a number of hidden Founders Avatars and unique traits, as well a suite of their own Founders benefits

Avatars holders will receive an allocation of free card pack drops based on the Avatar they hold.

Platform Beta launch

Get early access and compete in Founder only tournaments, unlock and enjoy your rewards.

SocialFi Token Drop



We've roped in some of our mates to build the best experience possible:

Cloud and Technical Partner

Brand Integration

Executive Production

Official online broadcast and
tournament platform of:

Fair play and integrity partner