Organizing Community Tournaments using Blizzard Games
Planning on organizing a community tournament using StarCraft® II, StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War®, World of Warcraft®, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos®, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne®, Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ or Heroes of the Storm™? Follow these steps to make sure that your community tournament kicks off flawlessly.
Step 1: Find out if you need a license
In most cases, you don’t! You have the right to organize and host many types of community tournaments without any further license from Blizzard. Here are the conditions:
- The ‘Maximum Prize Value,’ including prize money, travel stipends and item rewards is valued at less than Ten Thousand US Dollars ($10,000 USD) or the equivalent;
- You may broadcast your tournament online, and you are free to stream on whichever online platform you like;
- Tournament organizer must follow the Blizzard Entertainment Video Policy;
- The tournament cannot be broadcast on television;
- Tournament organizers may charge entry fees under the following guidelines:
- For StarCraft II, StarCraft, StarCraft: Brood War, World of Warcraft, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne tournaments, and Heroes of the Storm tournaments, it is acceptable for tournament organizers to charge entry fees for participants to compete in the tournament, provided they comply with all laws that are applicable to the venue/location where the tournament will be held, and the nationality of the residents that are eligible for the tournament.
- For Hearthstone tournaments:
- In North America: Tournament organizer may conduct tournaments with cash prizes and entry fees provided they comply with applicable laws, and exclude residents from the following states: North Dakota, Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona and Quebec (i.e. as tournament locations and participating in-state residents).
- South America, Central America, Europe and Outside of North America: Tournament organizers may conduct tournaments with cash prizes and entry fees provided the tournament organizer complies with all laws that are applicable to the venue/location where the tournament will be held, and the nationality of the residents that are eligible for the tournament. Korea, China and Taiwan are subject to their own community tournament guidelines.
- The tournament organizer may not charge fees of any kind for spectators to watch the tournament;
- Any use of Blizzard’s logos or trademarks to promote the tournament must comply with the Blizzard Entertainment Trademark Usage Guidelines;
- The tournament cannot be sponsored by any companies that sell or promote any of the following products:
- Pornography (or extremely mature materials);
- Tobacco or cigarettes;
- Gambling websites; or
- Any company that is detrimental to Blizzard’s business (hacking, gold services, account selling, key sellers)
- The tournament must comply with all applicable laws and regulations;
- The rules for the tournament should promote a fun and engaging experience for the players, with skill in playing the game being the factor that determines who will win or lose a match in the tournament; and
- Gambling, including raffles, cannot be associated with a tournament.
- If you are hosting a tournament for Heroes of the Storm, the following additional terms will apply:
- Heroes of the Storm is in a developmental state, so there may be times when the game may not be available. Additionally, Blizzard may patch the game at any time, with or without notice. Accordingly:
- All Heroes of the Storm tournaments must be online only events. If you would like to hold a live event, please contact email@example.com.
- Heroes of the Storm tournament participants must have access to the pre-release version of the game. Blizzard will not flag Battle.net accounts for players or for the organizer to give individuals access to play the game in order for such players to participate in the tournament.
- Tournament branding must indicate that the tournament is a pre-release Heroes of the Storm tournament.
- In consideration of Blizzard granting you the right to operate a tournament under these rules, you agree that Blizzard can choose to promote your community event, and may use the results of your community event to qualify players for Blizzard tournament events.
If a community tournament organizer follows the above conditions, the community tournament organizer may run his event without further license from Blizzard. A tournament that is being operated under the above license is neither officially supported nor endorsed by Blizzard and the community tournament organizer must notify the participants of this fact. The tournament license strictly means that Blizzard has given a user permission to run a community tournament on the Battle.net service as long as these certain stipulations are met and the tournament organizer agrees to these Community Tournament Guidelines. It is the responsibility of the tournament organizer to prove the legitimacy of his tournament to potential players and spectators.
What if I want to run a tournament over the Maximum Prize Value?
That’s awesome! We’d love to work more 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. Approval time will vary; event tournament 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 tournament that doesn’t comply with all of the above conditions?
Let’s discuss it. We’d like to work with you on running a tournament that fits your needs while also serving the needs of players and viewers. Start with the Tournament 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 tournaments where many computers on a local network are all connected to the Internet using the same external IP address. Registering your tournament 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 tournament. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.