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Please review our WCS 2016 Announcement before diving into the details below. Here you’ll find additional information on residency, format, seeding, and additional restrictions for players and events in 2016.

WCS 2016 RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

WCS KOREA SYSTEM

There are no residency requirements in order to participate in the WCS Korea system, but players competing in GSL and SSL are required to be physically present to play in the onsite studio matches.

WCS CIRCUIT SYSTEM

In order to compete in the WCS Circuit, all participants must be a resident of a country within the WCS Circuit home regions. The 2016 Residency Requirements add greater clarity, more checks on time spent outside of the resident region, and a ladder play requirement.

WCS Circuit: Eligible countries and regions

  • Europe, Africa, Middle East
  • North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America
  • China
  • Oceania, Southeast Asia, Japan
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

All participants in the WCS Circuit will be required to verify their Battle.net account and proof of residency:

Citizen Regional Requirements

  • Upon qualification for any WCS Circuit tournament, players must provide proof of citizenship to an eligible country in that region to the tournament organizer
  • WCS tournament organizers may request proof of citizenship at any point in the qualifier process
  • In addition to natural-born citizens, players who have qualified for permanent residency (i.e. US Green Card) and demonstrated one year of residency under any visa eligible for non-citizen regional requirements below may qualify for the Citizen Regional Requirements and compete in appropriate qualifiers. Players may not compete in more than one region per WCS Circuit event.

Non-Citizen Regional Requirements

  • Visa Requirements: if the player is a foreign resident of an eligible country for the WCS Circuit, the player must submit a copy of their passport along with a valid resident visa for the eligible country for an evaluation of their residency status. The visa must be in-hand one month before the start of any WCS Circuit qualifier and is only considered valid if it allows the player to stay in the region, work in the region, and earn prize money in the region. The player will not be eligible for any tournaments that conclude after the expiration of their visa.
    • Examples of acceptable identification
      • Professional athlete visa
      • Work visa
      • Student visa
    • Examples of non-acceptable identification
      • Expired visa
      • Working holiday visa
      • General tourist/visitor visa
  • Travel and Residence Requirements
    • Non-Citizens must demonstrate habitation of a residence in their region one month before they are eligible for a WCS Circuit qualifier
    • Participants that need to travel outside of their country of residence during the tournament will be required to provide details to Blizzard for review
    • Participants may only travel for non-competitive reasons 5 weeks per WCS competitive year outside of their WCS region
    • Players do not need to submit travel for WCS Global Events, but if that itinerary includes travel for other purposes, then it must be submitted for approval to Blizzard Entertainment
  • Ladder Requirements
    • Participants are required to play all tournament and ladder games required of them from the country listed on the account during the tournament season
    • Participants are required to win 100 ladder games per month in their home region
  • Battle.net Verification
    • The player’s BattleTag must match those of their public persona and be pre-approved by tournament administrators before each respective WCS Qualifier.
    • Blizzard will check IP connections at its discretion to very all Residency Requirements for Non-Citizens are met
  • Exception for Long-Standing Residency
    • The “eligibility for non-citizens” will be waived for players who can demonstrate consistent residency in a region starting on or before January 1, 2013

Please contact esportsteam@blizzard.com to confirm eligibility for either requirement.

WCS 2016 SANCTIONED EVENT REQUIREMENTS

Requirements

WCS Global Events – 7500

Summary

These events award WCS Global points and open to any player in the world. Scheduling of WCS Global events must avoid all major leagues and be approved by Blizzard.

Map Pool

WCS Global Events may use ladder or other maps approved by Blizzard

The qualifiers should use the same map pool as the actual onsite event. If this is not possible due to the timeline of the qualifier and a map pool update, the live map pool should be used for the qualifier.

Number of players

  • 16+ Tournament Players
  • Players from Qualifiers (that did not Qualify to the actual Tournament) do not count towards Tournament Players

Global Qualifiers

  • WCS Events with 32 or more players: At least 25% of the total spots must be attainable through an open qualifier
  • WCS Events with less than 32 players: At least 8 spots must be attainable through an open qualifier
  • Global Qualifiers cannot be other WCS Global Events
  • Global Online Qualifiers must not have a cap or limit to players
  • Global Onsite Qualifiers must have a minimum of 64 players
  • The Global Qualifiers dates must be published in English at least one week prior to the start of the qualifier tournament

Format

  • In addition to the required Global Qualifiers, WCS partners may invite additional players at their discretion
  • Any player in the tournament that did not qualify through a Global Qualifier will be considered an invitee
  • Invitees may not be seeded into the Top 8 and will only earn points after advancing a round
  • Players participating in all stages of the qualifiers cannot be eliminated from a single game loss
  • Other formats may be approved by Blizzard during the application process

Points

  • WCS points can only be awarded after advancing at least one round within the tournament. Qualifiers are considered a round.
  • Different formats will have different definitions of a round.

Player Rights

Conform to the WCS Global Events Player Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Branding

WCS and Blizzard Branding
Total WCS Point Pool

7500

WCS Points for 1st place

1500

Prize pool minimum

$50,000+ or Blizzard approval

No. of players on-site

8+

Global Stream/Broadcasting

Free 720p in English

On-Site Casters

Required

Sound Dampening

Required

Live Audience

Required

Requirements

WCS Circuit Championships – 10000

Summary

There are three (3) WCS Circuit Championships events in 2016. These events are key moments in the year where the best of the WCS Circuit will gather to battle out for the largest pool of points and prizes in the regular season. The winner of each championship will earn a seed into the Global Finals Playoffs at the end of the year.

Map Pool

WCS Season Maps (same as ladder)

The qualifiers should use the same map pool as the actual onsite event. If this is not possible due to the timeline of the qualifier and a map pool update, the live map pool should be used for the qualifier.

Reserved Regional seeds

  • The WCS Circuit Residency requirements apply to all spots. Some spots have additional regional residency requirements
  • (8) Regional Challenger
    • (2) Europe, Africa, Middle East
    • (2) North America (USA, Canada)
    • (1) Latin America
    • (1) China
    • (1) Oceania, Southeast Asia, Japan
    • (1) Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau
  • (14) Server Qualifiers
    • (8) EU Server Qualifier 1st-8th
    • (6) AM Server Qualifier 1st-6th
  • (2) National Qualifiers
    • Citizens from hosting nation eligible
  • (8) WCS Standings Invites
    • 2015 WCS Standings will be used for Winter Championship
    • 2016 WCS Standings will be used for Spring and Summer Championship

Format

  • Ro32 – single-elimination bo5
  • Ro16 – single-elimination bo5
  • Ro8 – single-elimination bo5
  • Ro4 – single-elimination bo5
  • Finals – single-elimination bo7

Points

WCS Circuit points will be awarded at designated levels

Player Rights

Conform to the WCS Player Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Branding

WCS and Blizzard Branding
Total WCS Point Pool

10,000+

WCS Points for 1st place

3000 and WCS Global Playoff seed

Prize pool minimum

$150,000

No. of players on-site

32

Global Stream/Broadcasting

Free 720p in English

On-Site Casters

Required

Sound Dampening

Required

Live Audience

Required

Requirements

WCS Circuit Events – 5000

Summary

There will be at least eight (8) WCS Circuit 5000 events in 2016.  These events award prize pool and points for the WCS Circuit.  There will be at least 8 spots for the players from the Circuit Passport program.

Map Pool

WCS Season Maps (same as ladder)

The qualifiers should use the same map pool as the actual onsite event. If this is not possible due to the timeline of the qualifier and a map pool update, the live map pool should be used for the qualifier.

Circuit Passport

8 seeds will come from regional citizenship-locked Circuit Passport qualifiers as follows:

  • (2) Europe, Africa, Middle East
  • (2) North America (USA, Canada)
  • Latin America
  • China
  • Oceania, Southeast Asia, Japan
  • Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau

Additional seeds

Organizers will add additional seeds at their own discretion, including but not limited to:

  • Additional Online Qualifiers
  • Open Onsite Brackets
  • Invitations (Max 25%)
  • Other (pending approval by Blizzard Entertainment)

All players must adhere to the general residency requirements of the WCS Circuit

The number of players participating in the Global Qualifiers cannot be limited or capped

The Global Qualifiers dates must be published in English at least one week prior to the start of the qualifier tournament

Format

Group Formats

  • 4 Player, dual-tournament groups are approved for play below the Round of 4

Bracket Formats

  • Single-Elimination bo5
  • Double-elimination bo3


  • Any player in the tournament that did not qualify through a qualifier will be considered an invitee
  • Invitees may not be seeded into the Top 8 and will only earn points after advancing a round
  • Players participating in all stages of the qualifiers cannot be eliminated from a single game loss
  • Other formats may be approved by Blizzard during the application process

Points

  • WCS points can only be awarded after advancing at least one round within the tournament. Qualifiers are considered a round.

Player Rights

Conform to the WCS Player Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Branding

WCS and Blizzard Branding
Total WCS Point Pool

5000

WCS Points for 1st place

1000

Prize pool minimum

$50,000

No. of players on-site

8+

Global Stream/Broadcasting

Free 720p in English

On-Site Casters

Required

Sound Dampening

Required

Live Audience

Required

Requirements

WCS Circuit Events – 2500

Summary

These sanctioned partner events will award points for the WCS Circuit. There are no reserved seeds for regional players, but the event must be open to any eligible WCS Circuit region.

Map Pool

WCS Season Maps (same as ladder)

The qualifiers should use the same map pool as the actual onsite event. If this is not possible due to the timeline of the qualifier and a map pool update, the live map pool should be used for the qualifier.

Circuit Passport

 There are no reserved regional seeds for WCS Circuit 2500 events

Additional seeds

Organizers will add additional seeds at their own discretion, including but not limited to:

  • Additional Online Qualifiers
  • Open Onsite Brackets
  • Invitations (Max 25%)
  • Other (pending approval by Blizzard Entertainment)

All players must adhere to the general residency requirements of the WCS Circuit

The number of players participating in the Global Qualifiers cannot be limited or capped

The Global Qualifiers dates must be published in English at least one week prior to the start of the qualifier tournament

Format

Group Formats

  • 4 Player, dual-tournament groups are approved for play below the Round of 4

Bracket Formats

  • Single-Elimination bo5
  • Double-elimination bo3
  • Any player in the tournament that did not qualify through a qualifier will be considered an invitee
  • Invitees may not be seeded into the Top 8 and will only earn points after advancing a round
  • Players participating in all stages of the qualifiers cannot be eliminated from a single game loss
  • Other formats may be approved by Blizzard during the application process

Points

  • WCS points can only be awarded after advancing at least one round within the tournament. Qualifiers are considered a round.

Player Rights

Conform to the WCS Player Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Branding

WCS and Blizzard Branding
Total WCS Point Pool

2500

WCS Points for 1st place

500

Prize pool minimum

$25,000

No. of players on-site

8+

Global Stream/Broadcasting

Free 720p in English

On-Site Casters

Required

Sound Dampening

Required

Live Audience

Required