Update: The registration deadline for the Spring Major has been extended until 3/27. Read more here.
WHAT IS THE DEFAULT MATCH DAY/TIME?
The Spring Major 2020 is going to be the first season where participants will be using our newly built queue system for their weekly matches. Depending on the game, players will have time frames to enter a queue and be automatically matched with an opponent for their weekly match. More on that below. Here are the dates and times your weekly matches can be played with the current queue system on any given week. Please note that due to the nature of our Minecraft tournaments, Minecraft players will not be utilizing the queue system for the Spring Major.
4:00 PM CDT - Overwatch | NBA2K20 | CS:GO | Smash
7:00 PM CDT - Overwatch | NBA2K20 | CS:GO | Smash
4:00 PM CDT - Rainbow 6 | Minecraft | Fortnite | FIFA 20
5:00 PM CDT - Minecraft
7:00 PM CDT - Rainbow 6 | Minecraft | Fortnite | FIFA 20
4:00 PM CDT - Rocket League | Overwatch | Smash
7:00 PM CDT - Rocket League | Overwatch | Smash
4:00 PM CDT - Hearthstone | Rainbow 6 | CS:GO
7:00 PM CDT - Hearthstone | Rainbow 6 | CS:GO
4:00 PM CDT - Madden 20 | COD:MW | Fortnite | FIFA 20
7:00 PM CDT - Madden 20 | COD:MW | Fortnite | FIFA 20
3:00 PM CDT - Rocket League | Smash | Fortnite | NBA2k20
3:00 PM CDT - Madden 20 | Hearthstone | COD:MW
You can click here to add the Spring Major schedule to your calendar.
WILL THERE BE MAKEUP MATCHES?
Sometimes a team has an off week where the team members’ schedules just don’t line up, or maybe someone is sick. If you miss a week, you can make it up during our Round Make-up Windows. There will be two opportunities to make up for missed matches: during Week 4 (4/13 - 4/19) and during Week 8 (5/11 - 5/17). During those weeks, you will be expected to play two matches if you’re making up for a previously missed match. Please note that Make-Up Windows will be at different times and/or dates than the game is normally played.
WHAT IS THE QUEUE SYSTEM?
Our queue system is very similar to queue systems that have become standard in many online games. The big difference is we offer queue windows for each competition so teachers and teams can be aware of when to have their teams ready. For example, if you play Overwatch and your team is available Wednesdays, you’ll join the 4:00 PM queue window anytime from 4:00 PM until 4:15 PM. At 4:15 PM, all teams in the queue will be assigned their opponent and then you’ll all be automatically sent to a new match page where you can chat with your team and opponent in one place. From there you’ll create the game lobby, play your match, and then come back to the platform to report your score.
Each week of competition, teams will choose one of the available days and times to play their match. Once a team selects their time, all participating members will join a queue lobby and queue up for their match. 15 minutes after the time slot you queued for, you will be matched against your opponent. Once the teams are matched against each other, the communication will begin in Match Chat, with the match starting shortly thereafter. Queue lobbies open one hour before the chosen match time and will remain active for up to fifteen minutes after the scheduled time. After the game is played, the winner of the game must report the match outcome. You can read the full rundown here.
HOW CAN WE GET IN CONTACT WITH OUR OPPONENT?
While there are many different ways you can get in touch with your opponent, we highly recommend using the Match Chat feature on the Varsity Esports platform. Once your queue "pops" for your weekly match, you will be able to contact your opponent directly through the match page.
HOW DO WE REPORT SCORES/FORFEITS?
To report scores or forfeits, click on the match from your dashboard and scroll to the section called, “Report Match Score.” If the match was forfeited, click the “forfeit” box. Once you submit, you will be able to see who reported the score. Match scores must be reported by Thursday at 11:59 PM CST.
HOW CAN WE REPORT RULE BREAKS OR TOXIC BEHAVIOR?
To report rule violations, toxic behavior, or match disputes, please use the link below. Keep in mind that this does not guarantee the score being changed as each report will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
WHAT ARE THE MATCH SETTINGS FOR X GAME?
You will find match settings for each game in the link below.
WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR X GAME?
You will find rules for each game in the link below.
WHAT KINDS OF DOCUMENTS DO I NEED FOR MY CLUB OR ESPORTS PROGRAM?
We’ve created a few templates coaches and admins can use to help structure their esports program. Below you will find said templates which can be used or modified to fit each program’s specific needs.
You can also search our knowledge base for articles which might answer any other questions you might have. If not, feel free to join our Discord or open a support ticket through the help widget at the bottom of our webpage to find the answers you need.