What do you mean by "BETA module"?
Tournament management is very complex. BGA hosts a lot of games, and each games has its own specificities.
We designed this module to be as good as possible, but we need your bug reports and your suggestions to make it even better.
Please don't hesitate to give us your feedback.
How can I participate to a tournament?
From Competition / Tournaments, you can see the list of tournaments and register for one of them.
On each tournament page, you can see the date/time of the matches. Please make sure you are available at these times.
Note : time are always displayed corresponding to your browser time zone on BGA.
What is important to check before joining a tournament?
If you register to a tournament and then don't come, you receive a "leave" penalty on your profile. Consequently, this is very important to check that you are available for ALL planned matches.
Pay attention : tournaments are organized by the community, and it could happen that some tournaments contains too many matches and/or some uncomfortable date/time. Please pay attention before joining a tournament and please do not join the tournament if you are not sure that you can make it for all matches.
Who can create tournaments?
To create a tournament you have to be a BGA club member.
How can I create a tournament?
Scroll down to the bottom of the tournament list: there you will find the interface to create a new tournament.
Do user-created tournaments award prestige points?
Yes, they are absolutely "normal" tournaments.
What are the tournament types currently supported?
For now, BGA supports 2 kinds of tournaments :
_ Swiss system: all players plays X games. For each match the matchmaking algorithm matches players with the same number of wins according to Swiss system rules.
_ Single elimination system.
Can I create tournaments for any games on the website?
Yes. However, only 2 players games are supported by the 2 types of tournaments currently supported.
Are the tournaments only realtime? Can I set some specific options (ex : ELO off) ?
All options available for a normal games can be set when creating a tournament.
In particular, you can create both realtime and turnbased tournaments.
Can I cancel a tournament before it begins?
What will happen to the usual "Daily Meeple" tournaments?
There will be no more "Daily Meeple" tournaments: we prefer to let the community organize the appropriate competitions for each games.
What are "championships"?
A championship is a group of tournaments, sharing the same name.
If you consider the example of Soccer World Cup :
_ Soccer World Cup is a "championship".
_ Soccer World Cup 2018 edition is a "tournament" which is part of the previous championship.
What is important to know when creating a tournament?
_ Don't create a tournament that is too big. Only very popular tournaments gets more than 20-30 players. It is much better to have a well organized tournament with 10 players than a 99% empty tournament of 1000 players.
_ Don't set up too many matches, otherwise no one will be available at all matches date/time.
_ Don't organize too long play sessions. Playing 6 successive matches of a 1 hour game is way too much...
Why is my tournament not at the top of the tournament list?
We are using a sorting algorithm to sort tournaments on the tournament list.
Basically, we try to display in priority :
_ tournaments that are popular (many registered players).
_ tournaments that are going to begin in a short while.
The only way to bring your tournament on the first page is to make a lot of players register (advertise for it ).
Can I create a tournament with a paying access / with a prize in money?
Not without our authorization.
Please first contact us (contact [at] boardgamearena.com).
Can I create an "Official tournament" for a game
Not without the authorization of this game rights owner. If you cannot provide a proper authorization, BGA will cancel your tournament.