Community Competition License

Planning on organizing a community competition using StarCraft, StarCraft® II, World of Warcraft®, Warcraft® III, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft®, Diablo® III, Heroes of the Storm® or Overwatch®? Follow these steps to make sure that your community competition kicks off flawlessly.

Step 1: Find out if you need to contact Blizzard to get a formal license

In most cases, you don’t! You can organize and host many types of community competitions using this Community Competition License from Blizzard as long as you comply with the conditions below.

Please remember if you would like to run a competition that doesn’t comply with all of the below conditions we should discuss it. We’d like to work with you on running a competition that fits your needs while also serving the needs of players and viewers. Start by contacting us through the Competition Submission Formand we’ll be in contact with you to see how we can work together.

Community Competition License Conditions

If you follow the above conditions, you may proceed with your event without further license from Blizzard. A competition that is being operated under the above license is neither officially supported nor endorsed by Blizzard and you must notify the participants of this fact. The community competition license means that Blizzard has given you permission to run a community competition on the Battle.net service as long as these certain stipulations are met and you agree to and do abide by all of the obligations in this Community Competition License. It is your responsibility of to prove the legitimacy of your competition to potential players and spectators.  Blizzard may, in its sole discretion, at any time, and without notice, change, revoke or cancel this Community Competition License.

What if I want to run a competition over the Maximum Compensation Value?

That’s awesome! We’d love to work more closely with you to ensure the success of your competition. For larger competitions like this, we can often help promote your event in the appropriate region, or offer other assistance. That process starts with obtaining a competition license from Blizzard. Head on over to our Competition Submission Form to start your licensing process now. Approval time will vary; event competition license approval can take up to four weeks, depending on the complexity and level of licensing required for the event.

What if I want to run a competition that doesn’t comply with all of the above conditions?

Let’s discuss it. We’d like to work with you on running a competition that fits your needs while also serving the needs of players and viewers. Start with the Competition Submission Form, and we’ll be in contact to see how we can work together.

Step 2: Get Whitelisted

In order to ensure the safety and security of Battle.net for all players, we have implemented mechanisms to detect and block specific IP addresses if too many connections are being made from a single source. This can occasionally cause problems for organized competitions where many computers on a local network are all connected to the Internet using the same external IP address. Registering your competition with Blizzard will allow us to add the IP addresses to the appropriate whitelist for the machines you intend to use for the duration of the competition. If you’re running an on-site event that will have more than ten (10) people connecting at once from a limited range of IPs, send us an email with the subject Whitelist Request to tourneyinfo@blizzard.com and include detailed information about your event as well as your venue’s IP information.

Step 3: Ask us if you have questions!

If you have any questions about running your event, contact us at tourneyinfo@blizzard.com.