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.
We may award profile badges to any first-place winners of community-run tournaments that meet the following criteria:
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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!
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.
If your tournament meets the criteria listed above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, a match can still be played even if one of the teams is missing one (or more) players.
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: