Tournament prizes

Profile Badges

The osu!team may (at their discretion), provide a community-run tournament with a profile badge, a special reward that is visible on a player's profile.

These badges typically display a player's skill and prowess in tournament play, and are thus regulated to ensure that they retain their worth and value.

Profile badges are permanent. This means that any legitimately earned badges will not be removed from a player's profile.

Criteria for Applicable Tournaments

We may award profile badges to any first-place winners of community-run tournaments that meet the following criteria:

  • The tournament is organized and run by an experienced team of accomplished and reputable volunteers¹ , OR, the tournament has been run at least once before without receiving rewards.
  • The badge request is made well before the tournament commences play. (We suggest at least two to three weeks.)
  • Any of the staff members involved in managing the tournament are not participating in the tournament themselves.
  • The tournament is run four or fewer times per year (seasonal).
  • The list of players within a given tournament has been screened by the Support Team and verified to be free of any suspicious players.
  • The tournament is not "self-reffed". This means that a referee must be present in every match.

¹: "Experienced" team members are loosely defined as someone who has contributed significantly to the successful running of at least three badge-receiving tournaments beforehand, or has been a part of the osu! World Cup team.

In some cases, the osu!team may award profile badges for first, second, and third place of exceptionally large-scale tournaments (e.g. Corsace Open). This will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Tournament Screening

As part of awarding official support, promotion or other prizes, the Support Team offers a limited form of player vetting similar to the 'security checks' undergone by all World Cup players.

Only tournaments that qualify for all other badge criteria may apply for screening. We highly suggest involving some experienced staff in your contest if you are planning to run a new tournament in order to qualify for this.

Tournament organizers will be expected to provide the following:

  • A comma separated list (or spreadsheet) including player usernames and user IDs
  • If the tournament is team based, this list must reflect the grouping of players in their teams of play, complete with any team name or other identifying marker

The comma separated list should look like this:

Player1, 1234567
Player2, 1234567
Player3, 1234567

Once the screening is complete, the Support Team will provide a list of all players from your lineup who are considered ineligible for supported tournament play, be it via severe account infringement, suspicion of account sharing, or having been the product of a recent ban appeal within the past 12 months.

The nature of their particular transgression will not be specified, and no further information will be given on the state of those user's accounts. Please do not request specifics or "proof", they will not be given. Individual players unhappy with their screening outcomes should be directed to consult via email.

Tournament organizers who uncover potentially suspicious play during their tournaments are both obligated and singlehandedly responsible for reporting any such incidents to the Support Team via at the earliest possible opportunity as part of this service.

Allowing users that have been highlighted by the screening process to play in your tournament will result in an immediate withdrawal of any prize offerings or promotional support from us, and you are unlikely to have any of your further requests for prize/promotion support acknowledged in the future.

If a player that is participating in a tournament is restricted, part of the tournament may have to be replayed in order to keep its competitive integrity. Tournament organizers should contact the Support Team to receive further information about this.

Badge Design Criteria

Profile badges are expected to adhere to a few minimum standards before they are accepted.

Please read these carefully - if your proposed badge violates any of these, it may be refused!

  • The badge image file MUST be either PNG or JPG/JPEG in format.
    • If the badge design contains any transparency, it MUST be in PNG format instead.
  • The dimensions of the badge image file MUST NOT exceed 86x40, or 86x34 at the absolute minimum. (86x40 is the preferred format for all badges and you will be questioned for using 86x34, and outright refused for anything smaller.)
  • The badge image file MUST be below 50kb in size. (We suggest using FileOptimizer if you're having trouble with this.)
  • The badge MUST clearly display the logo or name of your tournament. (You may substitute this for a visual motif or a theme so long as it is obvious enough.)
  • The badge MUST be cleanly designed and of reasonable visual quality.

We also require a 2x (or 'retina') version of your badge for display on the new website. It is highly recommended to design your badge in 2x (aka: 172x80 resolution) and then downscale it to 1x (86x40) as listed above.

Here are a few examples of approved badges that are of a quality well beyond the normal:

Badges that do not meet these standards will be refused with appropriate reasoning, and you may even be asked to completely redesign your badge if some features are particularly problematic. Please account for this.

Requesting a Profile Badge For Your Tournament

If your tournament meets the criteria listed above, please email and include the following information:

  • The name of your tournament
  • A brief description of your tournament, including its scoring type and any other appropriate features
  • Any applicable dates for your tournament
  • Any links to public off-site chatrooms or servers used for the event (Discord, etc)
  • A link to the forum thread on the osu!forum that announces/details your tournament
  • Any links to previous iterations of the same tournament (only where applicable)
  • A list of the players involved in running the tournament
  • A list of players who have registered for the tournament

You can send your initial request before the registrations of your tournament are closed. If you do this, you will have to send a follow-up email when the registrations are closed providing us with the list of players who have registered for the tournament to comply with the tournament screening requirements.

Please allow at least a week for a response. We will try our best to handle all requests within a week, but we occasionally have large spikes in workload that can make this impossible.

At the conclusion of your tournament you may submit a list of applicable recipients, along with all of the MP links of the winning team's matches. Your tournament will then be evaluated and based on professionality, quality and effort put into the tournament it may be granted a badge prize.

LAN tournaments are required to add VODs and MP links of the winning team/player, along with a bracket of the entire tournament in order to be considered for a badge prize.

We reserve the right to withdraw this service should issues arise during the course of a tournament.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why does a tournament have to run at least twice or more in order to qualify for profile badges without experienced staff present?

The second iteration of a tournament is often free of a lot of the organizational issues of the first tournament, and has established a solid workflow and staff involved in its production. They are far less likely to peter out or be subject to questionable choices. The tournament is also far more identifiable if it runs more than just once.

For all of these reasons (and more), we ask that profile badge prizes are only awarded to tournaments that have successfully run at least once before, unless a sizable majority of the team is experienced and accomplished at running tournaments in the past.

What is considered 'staff' as far as tournament management goes?

We consider referees, mappool selectors, judges, team organizers, or any other form of managerial position directly involved in the maintenance and operation of a tournament to be a part of its staff.

Commentators are not considered by us as staff, and may play or interact in tournaments freely so long as they are not directly involved any managerial aspect of running the tournament or violate anything mentioned above.

We have historically had issues where unscrupulous organizers have geared tournaments specifically (ie: picked maps they're familiar with, adjusted seeds/brackets, etc) to farm profile badges for them and their friends. While we understand that most groups will not do this, we must enforce this restriction to keep things fair for everyone.

Can a player who has been eliminated from play in my tournament join the staff after the fact and not cause problems?

Generally no, unless the role they are assuming is not one that could conceivably alter the outcome of the tournament.

A player may conclude play in your tournament and join as a commentator, for example, but not as a referee, organizer, or anything further.

Why can't badges be awarded to recurring monthly (or weekly) tournaments?

Flooding the game with profile badges dilutes the prestige of the prize for everybody else. We do not want profile badges to be something that people 'farm' for from a few sets of regular, recurring tournaments.

Can I request a badge for a beatmap contest or other type of competition?

For beatmap contests, yes, just follow the same rules as above.

For other contests, email us and ask personally. We'll try to work something out.

Can a team-based tournament match be played if a team is missing a player?

Yes, a match can still be played even if one of the teams is missing one (or more) players.

Can I request to advertise my tournament on the main menu?

Yes, you can. It's at the osu!team's discretion to decide if your tournament can be advertised in-game, as there are many factors to consider.

The minimum requirements to request in-game advertising are as follows:

  • Your tournament meets the Criteria for Applicable Tournaments that can be found at the top of this article
  • You have successfully run at least two tournaments in the past
  • The live streams of your current tournament average over 100 concurrent viewers
  • You are able to provide the schedule of the matches and live streams ahead of time