I’ve decided I want to start organizing tournaments on OGS to hopefully bring people together to play more Go. In the future, I’m planning on creating tournaments with a prize pool to create some extra excitement, having real stakes on the line. I’m aware that legality regarding gambling might be a thing to think about, depending on the players’ jurisdiction. But before I make those considerations, are there any OGS rules that prevent this from happening here? I checked the Code of Conduct, and nothing seems to prevent it there, but are there any other rules I’m missing?
In the Western Server Challenge there were prizes.
I think that even OGS contributed to the prizes.
So my guess is that it is okay.
Great that you are so transparent about it.
Oh perfect, good to know! Do you know of anyone who has charged an entry fee to go towards the prize pool? I’m not 100% sure whether or not I’d even want to, but it’s a possibility.
Don’t know about that, but I think you best contact @anoek about this.
Thank you for the help!
Yes, it is okay to host such a tournament on OGS. I think there have been many similar examples in the past, but I haven’t really been keeping track. Here is an example of a league that organizes its games on OGS:
Go for it! Theres been many online tournaments, championships, leagues etc that have used ogs as the playing platform ^^
Tho if you want to have things like entrance fees and and cash prizes, you gotta handle all that stuff on your own.
I remember tournaments during covid, hold online with entry fee and prizes. Not sure it was entirely hold on ogs.
If you are going to give cash prizes, you better first figure out what you are going to do about botters, sandbaggers, and other assorted cheats.