Blizzard Community Competition License
Last Updated May 1, 2023
In order to fall within the terms of a Community Competition License, esports competitions which utilize Blizzard products excluding Overwatch® 2 must comply with the following terms and conditions. For information about licensing Overwatch 2 esports competitions, please click here. You may not organize an esports competition with any other Blizzard product outside of the terms below without written permission from Blizzard.
The value of the total prizes and prize money paid by organizers and sponsors to the players, teams, and team owners for participating in the competition ("Prizing"), must:
- not exceed Twenty Five thousand US Dollars ($25,000 USD) or the equivalent for a single competition; and
- not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000 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.
If you charge players and/or teams an entrance fee to participate in the competition, the value of the Prizing must be at least equal to the combined value of the entrance fees paid by players.
- 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.
- You must follow the Blizzard Video Policy.
- You may not broadcast your competition at the same time as Blizzard’s official esports tournaments for the game utilized in your competition. For more information on Blizzard’s official esports tournaments, please see the product page for the applicable game at blizzard.com.
Collegiate and High School Competitions
If you are organizing a competition primarily for college and/or high school students, the competition must be either:
- A competition between students of a single school organized by either the school itself or a student from the school, or
- A competition between students from 8 schools or fewer which lasts less than a week and is organized by a registered student organization.
- You may not sell any Blizzard or game branded merchandise.
On Site Audiences
- You may not charge fees of any kind for spectators to watch the competition in-person.
- Any use of Blizzard’s logos or trademarks to promote the competition must comply with the Blizzard Entertainment Logo and Trademark Guidelines.
- Each game’s branding guidelines as may be posted and amended from time to time.
- 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.
- 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 company, person, or organization that sells or promotes any of the following:
- Any company that is detrimental to Blizzard’s business (hacking, gold services, account selling, key sellers)
- Non-Activision Blizzard affiliate games and related exploitations
- Drugs (whether legal or illegal) and any products used to consume drugs
- Tobacco and any products used to consume tobacco, including vaping products
- Cannabis and any products used to consume cannabis
- Pornography, sexual or adult-oriented products or services
- Gambling (whether legal or illegal)
- Political candidates or ballot initiatives
- Cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens, or any other blockchain-based digital item or business
- 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.
- 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 publicly 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.
- Blizzard may revoke a Community Competition License if the competition promotes or represents anything contrary to Blizzard’s Core Values or is detrimental to its business, 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 Community Competition License.
- 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 Los Angeles, California.
- Blizzard may, in its sole discretion, waive or modify any portion of this Community Competition License for competition organizers on a case-by-case basis by providing notice of such waiver or modification in writing.
- Blizzard may, in its sole discretion, at any time, and without notice, change, revoke or cancel this Community Competition License and/or any right licensed under it.
For any questions about the above, please email email@example.com.