Community Competition License
Community Competition License
    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 Form and we’ll be in contact with you to see how we can work together.

    Community Competition License Conditions
    • Compensation.
      • The value of the total compensation including prizes, prize money, salaries, travel and accommodation stipends or reimbursements, and appearance fees paid by organizers and sponsors to the players, teams and team owners, for participating in the competition ("Compensation"), must:
        • not exceed Ten Thousand US Dollars ($10,000 USD) or the equivalent for a single competition; and
        • not exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000 USD) or the equivalent for all of the events organized or hosted by you during the last 12 months pursuant to this Community Competition License;
      • Provided you comply with all applicable laws (including residency eligibility requirements), you may charge players and/or teams entry fees to compete in your community competitions under the following guidelines:
        • For StarCraft, StarCraft® II, World of Warcraft®, Warcraft® III, Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft®, Diablo® III, Heroes of the Storm® or Overwatch® competitions almost all countries and states allow organizers to charge entry fees for participants to compete in the competition; and
        • For Hearthstone, competition organizers must exclude residents from North Dakota, Maryland, Connecticut and Arizona from competitions with cash prizes and entry fees. Additionally, some countries may prohibit Hearthstone competitions with cash prizes and entry fees.
      • If you charge players and/or teams an entrance fee to participate in the competition, the value of the Compensation must be at least equal to the combined value of the entrance fees paid by players.
    • Broadcasting.
      • You may broadcast your competition online, and may stream on whichever online platform you like;
      • However, you may receive only up to a maximum of $100,000 in compensation from any online broadcast or streaming platform (e.g., Twitch, YouTube, Hitbox, Azubu, Facebook, etc.) in conjunction with the broadcast of your competition (whether that compensation be paid in the form of sponsorship, broadcast fees, in-kind promotion, or other form of payment);
      • You may not charge fees of any kind for spectators to watch the competition online;
      • If you broadcast your competition online, you are responsible for ensuring that any accompanied chat is adequately moderated to prevent vulgar, abusive or an otherwise mean spirited environment;
      • You may not broadcast on television; and
      • You must follow the Blizzard Entertainment Video Policy;
    • Merchandising
      • You may not sell any Blizzard or game branded merchandise. If you are interested in doing so, please go to our Competition Submission Form.。
    • On Site Audiences.
      • You may not charge fees of any kind for spectators to watch the competition in-person.
    • Use of Blizzard Trademarks.
    • Crowdfunding.
      • If you conduct any crowdfunding activity for your competition, you must state that your competition is licensed under Blizzard’s Community Competition License with a link to these terms.
      • You must state that the crowdfunding campaign is neither endorsed nor sponsored by Blizzard; and
      • You must use all of the proceeds of the crowdfunding campaign for the development, and promotion of the event and you may not retain any portion of the crowdfunding proceeds as profit;
    • Advertisements and Sponsorships.
      • Gambling, including raffles and fantasy sports betting, cannot be associated with the competition in any manner.
      • The competition cannot be sponsored by any companies that sell or promote any of the following products:
        • Pornography (or extremely mature materials);
        • Alcohol;
        • Tobacco or cigarettes;
        • Firearms;
        • Gambling websites; or
        • Any company that is detrimental to Blizzard’s business (hacking, gold services, account selling, key sellers)
    • Blizzard’s Rights to Promote and Use Content from the Competition.
      • In consideration of Blizzard granting you the right to operate a competition under this license, you agree that Blizzard can choose to promote your community competition, and may use the results of your community event to qualify players for Blizzard sponsored competitions; and
      • Additionally, by operating or sponsoring a competition using the Community Competition License you agree to license to Blizzard for free and forever, any rights that you may have in the broadcasted content, highlights, video and still content and news regarding the competition for Blizzard to copy, modify, distribute, or publically display or to sublicense those rights to someone else.
    • Play Nice, Play Fair.
      • The rules for the competition 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 matches in the competition;
      • Organizers and sponsors must comply with other Blizzard policies as may be amended from time to time. If there is not a right granted in another Blizzard policy, the right does not exist;
      • The competition must comply with all applicable laws and regulations and the policies of any party service you are using to stream or broadcast your game; and
      • Blizzard may revoke a Community Competition License if the competition promotes or represents anything contrary to Blizzard’s Core Values, the interpretation and application of which is in Blizzard’s sole discretion.
    • Other Legal Stuff.
      • You agree that Blizzard may audit your books and records to ensure that you have complied with the terms of this Agreement; and
      • If there is a disagreement between you and Blizzard, we will try to resolve that by negotiating with each other for thirty days. If that doesn’t work, any disputes will be resolved under California law in the courts in Orange county, California.
    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-eu@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-eu@blizzard.com.