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Getting Started

SkillCore is a community of people committed to bringing Esports tournaments to life.

We welcome and support tournaments from a variety of game titles. Here are five rules every SkillCore tournament must follow.

Our community is built on trust and communication. Projects can’t mislead people or misrepresent facts, and leagues should be candid about what they plan to accomplish.

SkillCore is a funding platform for Esports tournaments. It is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative tournaments that are brought to life through the direct support of others.

Everything on SkillCore must be a tournament with a clear prize pool goal. A project will eventually be completed, and will be produced by it.

A tournament is a finite work with a clear goal that you’d like to bring to life.

The funding goal is the amount of money that a league needs to complete their prize pool tournament.

Funding on SkillCore is all-or-nothing. If the tournament does not reach the goal the users who invested in will receive their money back. This way, leagues always have the budget they scoped out before moving forward.

A league is the organization or team behind the tournament idea, working to bring it to life.

Participants are players who will join the tournament and help in bringing projects to life.

If you want to know more about how it works, try browsing around and looking at some of the tournaments on the site — you can start here. Check out Our Rules for more information.

All-or-nothing funding means that no one will be confirmed for a tournament unless it reaches its funding goal. This way, organizations always have the budget they scoped out before moving forward.

All-or-nothing funding is a core part of SkillCore and has a number of advantages:

  • It's less risky for everyone. If a tournament doesn’t reach its funding goal, leagues will not be expected to complete their project without the funds necessary to do so, and participants will not be charged.
  • It motivates. Adding a sense of urgency motivates your community to spread the word and rally behind your tournament.

For each registration we charge a service fee of 10% of the entry fee - or at least R$1,50 per registration - which already includes the fee charged by the payment processor (either by credit card, invoice or debit card) online).

The majority of initial funding usually comes from the community of each league. If they like it, they'll spread the word to their friends, and so on.

Press, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and SkillCore itself are also big sources of traffic. Altogether, millions of people visit SkillCore every week.

For Gamers

To register for a tournament, make sure you're first logged in to your SkillCore account.

Once you've found a tournament that interests you, just click the green “I WANT TO ENTER” button on the tournament page.

After you’ve clicked, you’ll be prompted to enter your payment information. If you already have credits in your wallet, just confirm the participant information to proceed.

Your payment is charged when you confirm a deposit of credits into your wallet, after that you can use these credits to participate in tournaments.

If you didn't reach a "Thank you!" confirmation page and/or you didn't receive a confirmation email (title: "Project Name] - Your place is safe"), it's likely that your registration did not go through. If the registration cannot be submitted, you may also receive an error message on the registration page.

In most cases, depositing troubles may be due to an issue with the card being used. We recommend the following troubleshooting steps:

  • Double-check to make sure that the credit card number, cardholder name, expiration date, security code, and zip code have all been entered correctly.
  • Contact your bank to make sure there are no holds on your card, and to also make sure that:
    • No additional authorization is required of you
    • Your card is authorized for foreign transactions if your pledge is to a project in another country
    • If you're using a pre-paid card or debit card, that you have enough funds available
    • If you're depositing at a high amount, that your bank is aware that we may issue an authorization check for a portion of the total amount pledged.
    • Some banks may be unfamiliar with how SkillCore works, in that we authorize your card when you first deposit. It's worth explaining this to the representative you speak with at your financial institution.
  • If you continue to encounter errors, we recommend trying a different card.
  • If you’re still having trouble pledging after that, please contact our Support team.

Firstly, we recommend double-checking that you are logged in to the correct SkillCore account. If you are still not seeing your registration on your account, and you didn’t receive a registration confirmation email, please contact our Support team.

If you are having trouble finding a registration or remembering the email address associated with your SkillCore account, it’s possible that you might have mistyped your email address when signing up, and consequently you might not be receiving updates to your account.

We’re happy to help you locate your pledge or account, please get in touch with us to get this process started.

If your deposit is declined, you’ll be able to retry the payment. Until your deposit has been successfully collected, we’ll send you an email every 48 hours with a direct link to correct the issue.

When a payment is declined, it may not necessarily be the case that there’s a specific issue with your card, so much as that you’ll need to ask your bank why this charge in particular is being declined. You may also want to include the following details for this transaction:

  • The charge being from SkillCore
  • The amount deposited
  • The date when SkillCore attempted to collect your deposit.
  • Additionally, it may be helpful to request that your bank “whitelist” any charges from SkillCore.

Once your deposit has been processed successfully, you’ll receive a confirmation email at the email address tied to your SkillCore account.

If your deposit is dropped and you would still like to register for the tournament, we recommend contacting the tournament league directly to try and sort out an alternative arrangement outside of SkillCore.

If the email address associated with your SkillCore account is no longer active, you’ll need to get in touch with us in order to answer a few security questions so that we can manually update your email address on the account.

Please contact our Support team and we’ll be happy to help you with this process as quickly as possible.

While authorizations generally drop after a few days, this process can vary depending on the financial institution. If the authorization doesn’t drop in the week following a project’s deadline, we recommend contacting your bank for more details about their authorization procedure.

If you’re still unsure about any charges coming from SkillCore, please get in touch.

The way that your charge appears on your credit or bank statement will differ slightly for each deposit you proceed, but they all follow the same format.

The statement charge will begin with SKILLCORE. Although we format our charge descriptions in this way, your financial institution might adjust how this appears on your statement.

If you're unsure about whether or not a charge is from SkillCore, or if you simply don’t recognize the transaction, please reach out your bank or credit company first to confirm the charge's associated merchant. If, after doing so, you are still unsure about a charge, please contact our support team.

If you weren’t able to register before the tournament’s deadline, it won’t be possible to register for this tournament through SkillCore at this point. If you still wish to support this tournament, you'll need to reach out to the league directly.

The way that your charge appears on your credit or bank statement will differ slightly for each deposit you proceed, but they all follow the same format.

The statement charge will begin with SKILLCORE. Although we format our charge descriptions in this way, your financial institution might adjust how this appears on your statement.

If you're unsure about whether or not a charge is from SkillCore, or if you simply don’t recognize the transaction, please reach out your bank or credit company first to confirm the charge's associated merchant. If, after doing so, you are still unsure about a charge, please contact our support team.

You can use a debit or credit card associated with Visa, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay, or American Express.

Our payments partner, Stripe, meets and exceeds the most stringent industry standards for security. You can learn more about the technical details of Stripe's secure infrastructure here.

SkillCore does not store full credit card numbers – only the last four digits and expiration date. Saving your payment details for future use is entirely optional. For more information, please review our Privacy Policy.

If you’re registering from your SkillCore account, tournament creators will see your name, entry fee, phone number, and email address. You can check out our Privacy Policy for more details.

No. The amount of your registration is never publicly displayed — only the tournament’s creator will be able to see that information.

Yes! We’ll send you an email notification when a tournament you’re registered ends, regardless of whether or not it met its funding goal. Additionally, you can also find the status of a tournament you registered into your page Registrations.

Not receiving emails from SkillCore? Contact us for assistance.

There are a few ways to get in touch with a tournament creator.

  • You can send questions you have for a league by heading to the FAQ tab on the project page and clicking the "Ask a question" button.
  • You can also message the creator privately. To message a creator, visit the project page and click on the creator's profile name. This will open their bio page where you can then click the "Contact me" button.
  • If you're a participant and would like your question to be public, you can post a comment on the project under the ‘Comments’ section.

If you don’t have a connection to the league, you may want to get a better idea about who they are. We require every creator to verify their identity. In the league bio section of each project, you can find additional resources like links to websites, relevant background information, and in some cases, a connected Facebook account.

Aside from this, reading through the project description and watching the video should give a better sense of the person or team behind the project. We encourage gamers to do their homework on a tournament before deciding to register.

If you have more questions, you can send the league a message to ask them. You can do so by taking the following steps:

  • Head to the creator’s tournament page
  • Click the league’s profile name to open their bio
  • Click “Contact me”

Yes! Anyone can register to SkillCore tournaments, from anywhere in the world. The only requirement is a major credit card.

For Leagues

Anyone that meets our creator requirements is eligible to launch a tournament on SkillCore.

Just head to our start page to begin building your tournament. Meanwhile, feel free to save your tournament as a draft and return to finish it up or submit it for review at a later date.

SkillCore is open to gamers all over the world. Anyone, from anywhere, can register for a tournament as long as they have a major debit or credit card.

Tournament creation is currently available to individuals in the Brazil, US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, and Japan who meet the requirements below.

  • You are 18 years of age or older.*
  • You are a permanent resident of one of the above listed eligible countries.
  • You are creating a tournament in your own name, or on behalf of a registered legal entity with which you are affiliated.
  • You have an address, bank account, and government-issued ID based in the country that you're creating a project in.**
  • If running your tournament as an individual, the linked bank account must belong to the person who verified their identity for your project.
  • You have a major credit or debit card.***

*People under the age of 18 can launch tournaments only in collaboration with an adult or guardian that meets these listed requirements. The adult will need to verify their identity, enter their banking information in project build, and assume the responsibilities for the fulfillment of the project, listed in our Terms of Use.

**Citizens of the E.U. are welcome to use a government-issued ID from any E.U. country (such as an E.U. passport, etc.). Note: your project must be run in an E.U. country that is eligible on SkillCore.

***Citizens of Canada must have a major credit card.

We encourage creators to research all costs involved in completing their projects prior to launching. Your funding goal should include the amount you need to complete your project (costs of making and pay money prizes) and fees associated with running a project on SkillCore. Once you launch your project, you cannot change your funding goal and deadline.

It helps to make a list of all the materials, resources, and expenses (such as shipping costs) you'll need to complete your project and the estimated costs for each. Research how much things will cost, and consider how your expenses could change if you had to switch suppliers or fulfillment partners (it never hurts to have a back-up plan).

Fees

For each registration we charge a service fee of 10% of the entry fee - or at least R$1,50 per registration - which already includes the fee charged by the payment processor (either by credit card, invoice or debit card) online).

After visiting your tournament page gamers should have a clear sense of:

  • What are you trying to create
  • How you plan on doing so
  • Your story. Let your participants know what brought you to SkillCore.
  • The progress you’ve made so far. How far along is your project?
  • Your budget, and how you plan to use your funds.

The more information you share, the more confident your participants will be in pledging to your project.

When you run a successful campaign on SkillCore, you will receive some personally identifiable information (PII) from your participants, including their email address and survey responses. Under SkillCore's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, all organizations are required to keep backer information confidential, except as strictly necessary to communicate with backers directly. No information provided by or about participants should be used for any other purpose without first receiving consent from the backer as required by applicable data privacy laws.

To ensure that you have received backers’ consent to be added to an off-site newsletter, we recommend one of the following:

  • Add a simple yes/no question to your reward survey, asking your participant if they consent to being added to an off-site newsletter.
  • Post update with a link for participants to directly sign up for your off-site newsletter.

In addition, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides citizens or residents of the European Economic Area (EEA) with certain rights over their personal data, including a right to access, correct, delete, and restrict processing of their data and requires a “lawful basis” for collecting and retaining their personal information. Any successful tournament on SkillCore may have backers that are EEA residents and handling of their backer information would be subject to GDPR.

All creators should be prepared to respond to backer requests to provide or delete their personal information stored or used off of Kickstarter’s site, including copies of backer surveys you’ve downloaded from the creator dashboard. We also urge creators to review the GDPR rules and consider consulting with a lawyer for guidance on how these rules and other applicable data privacy regulations could directly affect them.

Running a tournament on SkillCore is a lot of fun, but it’s important to remember that a lot of coordination is also required for a tournament to be successful. So, before launching, make sure that you and your project are 100% ready. To help ensure that you’re prepared to launch we’ve compiled tips & resources below.

  • Make a detailed budget of your costs and use this to set your funding goal. These organizations share their tips on what to consider when setting your funding goal.
  • Think about your tournament page, is it launch ready?
  • Make sure that your tournament page is honest and clearly presented.
  • Share your tournament draft with your friends and family for some pre-launch feedback using our tournament preview tool.
  • Make a list! Who from your community will you share your tournament with?
  • And, have a plan for spreading the word.

Tournaments on SkillCore can last anywhere from 1 - 60 days. We've done some research, and found that projects lasting any longer are rarely successful.

We recommend setting your campaign at 30 days or less. Campaigns with shorter durations have higher success rates and create a helpful sense of urgency around your tournament.

Yes. Tournaments stay live on SkillCore until their funding deadline — which means it’s possible for organizations to overshoot their funding goal before the campaign ends. In these cases, the organizations receive all of the additional funds (minus our fees).

With these additional funds, some tournament creators increase the scope of their tournament.

Yes. A tournament creator can cancel their tournament at any time while the project is live. To do so:

  1. Click on the “Menu” button located at the top-left of the project page
  2. Click on the “Settings” link in the tournament page
  3. Click on the “Cancel tournament” link located at the bottom of the next page

When funding is canceled, all registrations are immediately voided.

Yes! Having friends and collaborators look at what you’ve put together can be really helpful and reassuring. To do so:

  1. Just open the tournament page
  2. Click on the anchor icon in the main area
  3. Click on the opened URL, then copy it, and you’re all set!
  4. The link isn't password-protected, so it's very easy to share with friends. If they have a SkillCore account, friends will be able to leave feedback right on your project preview. Once your project has launched, your preview link will redirect to your live campaign page.

If your project includes text or audio in a language outside of those that we currently support (Portuguese, English), we do ask that you include English translations or subtitles. You're welcome to include translations in other languages as well, however. SkillCore is a global community, and including translations will definitely help your project have a wider appeal.

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