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Contests

This section is dedicated for contests held throughout the osu! community.

Official contests

Official contests are hosted (or otherwise recognised as official) by the osu! team. Most official contests have their own pages on the contests listing.

Official beatmapping contests

Monthly Beatmapping Contest

Main page: Monthly Beatmapping Contest

The Monthly Beatmapping Contest, in its initial concept, was a mapping contest where participating mappers competed to create the most outstanding beatmap of a given song with a proper difficulty spread starting from Easy or Normal onwards in a month.

Contest No. Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
#1 Rostik - Liquid (Paul Rosenthal Remix) osu! Charles445 Alumetorz Guy #1
#2 cYsmix feat. Emmy - Tear Rain osu! jonathanlfj Niva Reiji-RJ #1
#3 Chasers - Lost osu! ktgster Cherry Blossom DakeDekaane #1
#4 Kuba Oms - My Love osu! W h i t e Little Jenny #1
#5 Rameses B - Flaklypa osu! -kevincela- Nichiyouki Abe Nana #1
#6 (Aspire) LeaF - Evanescent osu! Charles445 Bonzi and fartownik Damnae and Jacob #1
#7 (osu!) Soleily - Renatus osu! Gamu aplstepitaslast KoiSuru_ #1
#7 (osu!taiko) Soleily - Renatus osu!taiko MMzz Nwolf qoot8123 #1
#7 (osu!catch) Soleily - Renatus osu!catch Deif CLSW N/A #1
#7 (osu!mania) Soleily - Renatus osu!mania ExPew shionelove Tear #1
#8 raja - the light osu! Damnae Cherry Blossom Shadren and Frey #1
#9 Furries in a Blender - Storm World osu!taiko Firce777 Hanjamon and Naryuga MMzz #1
#10 Hylian Lemon - Foresight Is For Losers osu!catch ZiRoX WildOne94 Xinely #1
#11 Freedom Planet - Dragon Valley (Toni Leys Remix feat. Esteban Bellucci) osu!mania LordRaika Kuo Kyoka Shionia-Chan #1
#12 IAHN - Candy Luv osu! Taeyang Monstrata pishifat #1
#13 BilliumMoto - HDHR osu! RyoKazuka Fort Pho #1

After a long hiatus, the Monthly Beatmapping Contest was rebooted in January 2020 with a brand new schedule, ruleset, voting procedure, and reward scheme. Many aspects of the competition were dramatically altered to make the contests more engaging and attractive, in which some of them were as follows:

  • Instead of a single song, the contest now offers a selection of songs from different featured artists each month, in which all participating mappers are free to map and submit their entries for.
  • Participating mappers now only have to submit a single difficulty instead of a complete mapset.
  • Participating mappers now have to adhere to a certain mapping theme and/or limitation set in the ruleset, such as "Star rating may not exceed 4.00★" or "Every object should overlap another object".

Aspire

Aspire is a one-of-a-kind mapping contest where participating mappers are challenged to create the most innovative beatmap imaginable without any restrictions from the ranking criteria. The contest encourages mappers to explore the technical possibilities of the game as far as possible.

osu! Mapping Olympiad

Main page: osu! Mapping Olympiad

The osu! Mapping Olympiad is a mapping contest that is held as a spiritual successor to the earlier (pre-2020) Monthly Beatmapping Contests. In this contest, participating mappers are tasked to create either a beatmap with a proper difficulty spread starting from Easy or Normal onwards or a certain number of difficulties for any of the given songs in each corresponding iteration.

Community Mapping Contest

The Community Mapping Contest is a mapping contest where participating mappers are free to submit their entry for any difficulty in any game mode they desire, after which all winning entries across all difficulties and game modes will then be merged together into a single beatmap.

Mapping With Rewards

Mapping With Rewards is a mapping contest where participating mappers compete to create the best beatmap (with a proper difficulty spread starting from Easy or Normal onwards) for any of the given songs in each corresponding iteration without strict deadlines.

Other official contests

A Labour of Love

A Labour of Love is a team-based contest spanning over multiple artistic disciplines where participating teams are tasked to remix/rearrange a song that has been widely known throughout the osu! community, create a beatmap out of the remixed song, and design an original storyboard/background video as a visual accompaniment to said beatmap. As indicated by this tweet, the contest is modeled after THE BMS OF FIGHTERS events and other similar competitions.

Contest No. Remixed Song Gold crown (Overall Winner) Silver crown (Overall Runner-Up) Community Vote Winner Results
1 Kuba Oms - My Love extremely valid ( BilliumMoto, Shinwoir, Mao, Realazy, and DeviousPanda) schoolboy fans ( Shadren, wajinshu, Shmiklak, and Daycore) Team Red but Blue ( Redside, Tofumang, Chompy, Noffy, and Zer0-G) #1

Best of/Community Choice

The Best of/Community Choice contest is a public voting contest that is being held annually to determine the most popular beatmaps in the eyes of the osu! community at each given year.

At its launch, the contest was named "Best of", as the initial premise and expectation of the contest was to encourage members of the community to vote for what they consider as "the best beatmaps of the year"; however, as the game's playerbase continued to grow in number over time, the contest was inevitably shifting more and more into a popularity contest each year which prompted the contest to be relaunched as "Community Choice" in 2017.

Year Mode Gold crown (osu!) Gold crown (osu!taiko) Gold crown (osu!catch) Gold crown (osu!mania) Results
2009 osu! Queen - Don't Stop Me Now hosted by m980 N/A N/A N/A #1
2010 osu! Hatsune Miku & Megpoid Gumi - MATRYOSHKA hosted by gowww N/A N/A N/A #1
2011 osu! DJ Fresh - Gold Dust hosted by galvenize N/A N/A N/A #1
2012 osu! PSY - GANGNAM STYLE hosted by yeahyeahyeahhh N/A N/A N/A #1
2013 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania Infected Mushroom - The Pretender hosted by RLC Linked Horizon - Guren no Yumiya (TV Size) hosted by Kuria (osu!taiko difficulties by qoot8123) ONE OK ROCK - Rock, Scissors, Paper hosted by Haya (osu!catch difficulties by Tenshichan) Wotamin - Gigantic O.T.N hosted by Star Stream (osu!mania difficulties by Entozer and Xellop) #1
2014 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania Aoi Eir - IGNITE (TV size ver.) hosted by Guy Hanatan - Airman ga Taosenai hosted by Natsu (osu!taiko difficulties by mingmichael and aabc271) Hanatan - Airman ga Taosenai hosted by Natsu (osu!catch difficulties by [Yue] and Mythiax) Hanatan - Airman ga Taosenai hosted by Natsu (osu!mania difficulties by Rumia- and Kuo Kyoka) #1
2015 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania Panda Eyes & Teminite - Highscore hosted by Fort cillia - Fairytale, hosted by mintong89 Halozy - Genryuu Kaiko hosted by Minato Yukina D(ABE3) - MANIERA hosted by Jinjin #1
2016 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania 9mm Parabellum Bullet - Inferno hosted by Monstrata toby fox - Spider Dance hosted by OzzyOzrock saradisk - 176 - ikazuchi hosted by Ascendance Camellia as "Bang Riot" - Blastix Riotz hosted by Fresh Chicken #1
2017 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania ClariS - Hitorigoto -TV MIX- hosted by Doormat Sara - Ren Ren Ai Ai Cir Cir Cula Cula Tion Tion hosted by Backfire C-Show - On the FM hosted by Ascendance Camellia - Exit This Earth's Atomosphere hosted by Protastic101 #1
2018 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania K/DA - POP/STARS (ft. Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, Jaira Burns) hosted by Nathan SOUND HOLIC feat. Nana Takahashi - XINOBIKILL hosted by Skull Kid Co shu Nie - asphyxia (TV edit) hosted by Monstrata (osu!catch difficulties by Spectator, Ascendance, and Hareimu) M2U - Marigold (feat. Guriri) hosted by DE-CADE #1
2019 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania DECO*27 - Ghost Rule hosted by Awaken Nog - Aether Ritual hosted by Kqrth Chroma - I hosted by Ascendance xi - Blue Zenith hosted by riunosk #1
2020 osu!/osu!taiko/osu!catch/osu!mania DADDY ! DADDY ! DO ! feat. Suzuki Airi (TV Size) hosted by hypercyte Calliope Mori - Excuse My Rudeness, but Could You Please RIP?<3 (t+pazolite Remix) hosted by Capu Camellia feat. Nanahira - finorza hosted by Rocma Camellia - We Could Get More Machinegun Psystyle! (And More Genre Switches) hosted by Hydria #1

Fan Art Contest

The Fan Art Contest is a drawing contest where participating artists from the community are challenged to create the best fan art for osu! involving osu!'s mascots across various themes and art concepts.

osu! Beatmap Blueprints Contest

The osu! Beatmap Blueprints Contest is a one-off contest held in commemoration of the launch of Beatmap Blueprints in the osu!store. In this contest, participating users competed to create the best blueprint of a beatmap in any visual medium using all the assets provided in the Beatmap Blueprints merchandise pack.

Contest No. Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
#1 N/A N/A N/A N/A

osu!idol

osu!idol is a singing contest where participants from all across the community compete to create the best song cover (either solo or with a partner) across multiple judging and community voting stages. The contest is named after the Idols franchise and is mainly inspired by various televised singing competition shows.

osu!remix

osu!remix is a song remix contest where participating musicians from all across the community are tasked to create the best remix of a chosen song that has been widely known throughout the osu! community in one way or another. It is the first ever contest to be handled via the Contests listing page.

Contest No. Remixed Song Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
#1 nekodex - circles! BilliumMoto Kurokotei happy30 #1

Skinning Contest

The Skinning Contest is a skinning contest where artistic creators from all across the community compete to create the best skin in a limited time.

Community-run contests

Unofficial contests are contests that are hosted by the members of the community.

osu! Beatmapping World Championship

osu! Beatmapping World Championship is a team-based mapping contest where participating teams consisting of mappers from the same country, region, or even continent (to some extent) battle their mapping skills out against each other across multiple songs and mapping stages. The contest is known for exclusively making use of songs available in the Featured Artist library during its runs.

Pending Cup

The Pending Cup is a mapping contest that is held yearly by prominent members of the Chinese mapping community. Each year, the contest features up to three songs and/or categories that mappers from all across the community are free to compete and submit their entries in.

Although the Pending Cup was initially intended mainly for the Chinese-speaking members of the community, the contest has since been expanded to incorporate entries from other mappers from around the world as well.

Pending Cup #1 (2013)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
TERRA - Hana Ranman -Flowers- osu! buhei Flask Nyquill #1
Hatsuki Yura - Yoiyomi Hanabi osu! Lan Wings Kotone Regou #1
An - artcore JINJA osu! Flower Skystar Regou #1

Pending Cup #2 (2014)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Sharlo & Sabbo - Sakura no Hana ga Maiochiru Toki osu! Loneight fanzhen0019 eveless #1
A.SAKA - Nanatsu Issenzakura osu! RL_Tibbar bo0O0od Rizia #1

Pending Cup #3 (2015)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Ai Pi Xiong - Quan Yu Tian Xia osu! Regraz Syameimaru-Aya jonathanlfj #1
sakuzyo - Imprinting osu! yf_bmp Syameimaru-Aya Flower #1
P*Light - YELLOW SPLASH!! osu! fanzhen0019 yf_bmp Koiyuki #1

Pending Cup #4 (2016)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
ClariS - SECRET osu! FreeSongs handsome Snowy Wings #1
Kanpyohgo - Unmei no Dark Side -Rolling Gothic mix osu! FreeSongs rui yf_bmp #1
Dollscythe - Flashes (Extended) osu! Skystar Lv9 Frostings #1

Pending Cup #5 (2017)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Shimotsuki Haruka - Byakuya Gensoutan osu! Chaoslitz Lv9 Kibbleru #1
Nekomata Master - AsiaN distractive osu! Chaoslitz Garden Ellyu #1
Camellia - Chirality osu! Suzuki_1112 Miura [ Drop ] #1

Pending Cup #6 (2018)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Kenshi Yonezu - LOSER osu! Skystar how2miss AIR #1
DJ TOTTO - Shoujo Alice to Hakoniwa Gensou Concerto osu! J1_ yf_bmp Lv9 #1
Sota Fujimori - ACCELERATE osu! Chaoslitz Koiyuki yf_bmp #1

Pending Cup #7 (2019)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
kamome sano - archive::zip osu! Realazy Senseabel Axarious #1
EmoCo. - This Club is not 4 U osu! Ellyu Lasse Seolv #1
BEMANI Sound Team "Nekomata Master" - The last of world music osu! Kalibe J1_ Heilia #1

Pending Cup #8 (2020)

Category Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Featured Artist¹ osu! Acylica AncuL yf_bmp #1
Vocal² osu! Heilia jamesjan3 Garden #1
Instrumental³ osu! xbopost [Keqing] Acylica #1

¹ The Featured Artist category provides mappers with a choice of two different songs to be mapped: Zekk - Re_construct and Shuu no Hazama [Rainshower].

² The Vocal category provides mappers with a choice of two different songs to be mapped: nonoc - memento and DUSTCELL - DERO.

³ The Instrumental category provides mappers with a choice of two different songs to be mapped: onoken - Felys final remix and Nekomata Master - The Sky of Sadness.

Newspaper Cup

The Newspaper Cup is a mapping contest that is similar to the Pending Cup in nature but with a much greater emphasis on novice mappers. As with Pending Cup, the contest is also being held yearly by prominent members of the Chinese mapping community and has since been developed from a contest that was particularly intended for the Chinese-speaking members of the community to a global-scale contest.

Newspaper Cup #1 (2015)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
wa.vs ETIA. - Akasagarbha osu! tm1209 Philosophy2 bread129988 #1
Nekomata Master - Far east nightbird osu! Narcissu JJburstOwO Kamio Misuzu #1

Newspaper Cup #2 (2016)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Hatsuki Yura - Eclipse Parade osu! LunaSaika FreeSongs Vert #1
sakuzyo - Laplace osu! Hakurei Yoru liaoxingyao Kencho #1

Newspaper Cup #3 (2017)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Eisyo-kobu - Oriental Blossom osu! yf_bmp and EmingK Gaia and Doj Karen and Kashima #1
ESQUARIA - Kantsubaki osu! Regou and fish39 Bluekrait and Rose Pacifica N/A #1

Newspaper Cup #4 (2018)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Hatsuki Yura - Saramandora no Odoriko osu! Yugu nika mika SparkNights #1
P*Light - SAY BAY osu! Firika Yugu Ceo of Osu #1

Newspaper Cup #5 (2019)

Song Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Ponkichi - Hyakka Sakigake to Shiro Tokkuri osu! taeyeon_nn -Nanako- Byakuya #1
Hinatabi Bitter Sweets - Rin to shite saku hana no gotoku ~HinaBitter edition~ osu! -Nanako- Acylica Rage Quit #1

Newspaper Cup #6 (2020)

Category Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Vocal¹ osu! Quantum Rosta Elayue Calvaria #1
Instrumental² osu! Acylica lililing SuperBox #1

¹ The Vocal category provides mappers with a choice of two different songs to be mapped: Isekai Joucho - Kyoukankaku Obake and Kenshi Yonezu - Shunrai.

² The Instrumental category provides mappers with a choice of two different songs to be mapped: Morimori Atsushi - Funkotsu Saishin Casino and Fractal Dreamers - Celestial Horizon.

Newspaper Cup #7 (2021)

Category Mode Gold crown Silver crown Bronze crown Results
Vocal¹ osu! Keqing Cubby Hey lululu #1
Instrumental² osu! Kyumo - ascended - Sunazuka Akira #1

¹ The Vocal category provides mappers with a choice of five different songs to be mapped: Ariabl'eyeS - Unmei no Haguruma, Yunomi - Aimai Trip, KikuoHana - Desert Theater, Kaf - Tomadoi Telepathy, and Mafumafu - SNOBBISM.

² The Instrumental category provides mappers with a choice of five different songs to be mapped: Umeboshi Chazuke - Dutch Courage!, The Flashbulb - Stretch Industry, MiddleIsland - Delrio, Nagakawa Koutarou - Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, and roop - Chatblanc.