These Frequently Asked Questions is here to be improved : please don't hesitate to post questions as reply to this post. Most frequent questions will be added to this FAQ.
What do you mean by "BETA module"?
Tournament management is very complex. BGA hosts a lot of games, and each games has its own specificity.
We design 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 to participate to a tournament?
From Community / Tournaments, you can see the list of tournament and register to 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.
What is important to check before joining a tournament?
If you registered to a tournament and 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 happened that some tournaments contains too many matches and/or uncomfortable date/time. Please pay attention before joining a tournament and please do not join the tournament in case of a doubt.
Who can create tournaments?
To create a tournament you have to be a BGA club members.
How to create tournament?
At the bottom of the tournament list, there is an interface to create a new tournament.
Are user-created tournaments award prestige points?
Yes, there are absolutely "normal" tournaments.
What tournament types are supported at now?
At now BGA supports 2 kinds of tournaments :
_ Swiss system : all players plays X games. At each match the matchmaking algorithm match 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 game are supported by the 2 types of tournaments supported at now.
What become 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. This is much better to have a well organized tournament with 10 players than a 99% empty tournament of 1000 players.
_ Don't organize too many matches, otherwize no one will be available at matches date/time.
_ Don't organize too long sessions. Playing 6 successive matches of a 1 hour game is way too much...
Why my tournament is not at the top of the tournament list?
We are using a sorting algorithm to sort tournaments on 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 time.
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 right owner. If you cannot provide a proper authorization, BGA will cancel your tournament.