Community Tournament License Update

Community Tournament License Update

Community-driven tournaments are an exhilarating part of StarCraft II eSports, and we’re always impressed by the passion and ambition that our players bring to their events. Every organized competition has to start somewhere, and now it’s easier than ever for you to host a StarCraft II tournament. If you plan on running a competition offering a prize pool of $10,000 USD or less, you may not need to obtain a tournament license from Blizzard. Head over to our WCS Portal to learn more about hosting community tournaments for Blizzard games and how to ensure that your event runs as smoothly as possible.

Want to run a StarCraft II tournament with a prize pool over $10,000 USD? That’s awesome! We’d love to work closely with you to ensure the success of your tournament. For larger tournaments like this, we can often help promote your event in the appropriate region, or offer other assistance. That process starts with obtaining a tournament license from Blizzard. Head on over to our Tournament Submission Form to start your licensing process now. Let us know as soon as you can; license approval can take up to a month, depending on the complexity and level of licensing required for the event.

What if you want to run a tournament that doesn’t comply with all of the conditions in the community tournament guidelines? Let’s discuss it. We’d like to work with you to set up a tournament that fits your needs while also serving the needs of players and viewers. Start with the Tournament Submission Form, note any special conditions under ‘additional comments,’ and we’ll be in touch.

If you are planning to host an event with a prize pool of more than $10,000 USD, be sure to check out our 2014 World Championship Series Global Events requirements below. Your event could qualify for awarding WCS Points to your participants. The top 16 players on our WCS 2014 Global Standings will be invited to compete at the WCS Global Finals later this year, and your event could be part of their path to glory.

If you have any questions or concerns about running your tournament, feel free to contact us at tourneyinfo@blizzard.com.

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