European Smash Circuit – FAQ
Here, you can find all Frequently Asked Questions regarding the circuit. You can also ask your own question, either by leaving a comment at the bottom of this page or by contacting us.
When will the Circuit start?
The 2015 iteration of the ESC will kick off with HFLAN – Melee Edition for Super Smash Bros. Melee, which will be held in Noisy-le-Grand, France from 9 to 10 May 2015. Smash Bros for Wii U kicks off in Valencia, Spain from 27 to 30 August 2015. This season will end for both games at B.E.A.S.T 6 early 2016. We’re working hard to realize a second season following the 2015 iteration!
How can I register for partaking in the Circuit?
There is no need for enrolling in the ESC seperately; you can join in anytime by just registering and playing any Circuit qualifier. You will still need to register separately for all tournaments you wish to take place in, just as always! That registration process is dependent of the event: some tournaments allow registration through Smashboards, others through registration forms, and so on. Be sure to check out the registration method of the qualifier you are interested in. You can follow this link to view all qualifier info.
I don’t live in a country that is hosting a qualifier. Can I still attend?
Of course! It’s unfortunate your country doesn’t have a qualifier, though. Please tell your local tournament organizers (TOs) to get in touch with us and there’s a good chance we will include the tournament in next year’s Circuit iteration!
Events and Associated Smash Scenes
Which events are part of the Circuit in 2015? And how about 2016?
All events that are part of the 2015 ESC are called qualifiers, and you can view them on the Circuit’s front page. As for 2016, you can expect tournaments from the same and an even higher caliber. We are currently focusing on the 2015 iteration; we will get back to you on the 2016 season in time.
Is SmashEurope hosting the qualifiers?
No, we aren’t. The qualifiers are hosted by the tournament organizers (TOs) of each country respectively. SmashEurope merely provides a central place for the ranking & Circuit information, and we will attempt to cover it as the Circuit moves along.
Which countries take part in the Circuit?
For the 2015 season, the Melee Circuit includes events from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden, for Smash Bros for Wii U Italy has been added and Norway and Germany will not be hosting qualifier this year. There will be no more additions to the 2015 schedule; however, if you feel like your country should be represented in 2016, please contact us!
Rankings? What’s that?
Every participant of an ESC qualifier will automatically enroll in a ranking system that will be kept track of on SmashEurope. Your placement in each qualifier will be taken into account in order to calculate your ranking, which will stand for the entire season at minimum.
How will my rank be calculated?
As of this moment, we have developed a ranking point system that takes your placement into account for each qualifier of this season. Current rankings will stand for the entire season. We will bring forward more info about the ranking algorithm after the ESC has started.
How big is the prize pot?
All associated events will donate 15% of their singles pot to the final prize pool. At the end of the circuit, the top 3 ranked players will receive payouts in a 60-30-10 distribution. We do not know how big the pot is eventually going to be, but we’ll keep you posted.
When am I eligible to receive a part of the prize pot?
You are only eligible for prize money if you have attended at least three of the qualifiers for your respective game. The Circuit is accessible for everyone, even for people who are not citizens of a European country, but they will also have to attend at least three qualifiers to have a shot at the title of Circuit champion.