Melee.gg Entry Fee and Payment Policies

Updated September 19th, 2021
Revision: 4

This page describes our policies around organizers taking entry fees and recieving payouts.

Enabling the use of entry fees

After you have created your organization, you can enable entry fees for your tournaments by connecting a PayPal account in your organization’s dashboard. By enabling entry fees you agree to the Melee.gg Terms of Service and agree to follow all of Wizards of the Coast's community guidelines.

Links to Wizard's community guidelines:

Tournaments will sometimes require organizers to take cash entries or grant promotional entries to players. Once entry fees are enabled, organizers will be able to take entry fees using any method they choose as long as accepting entry fees on the Melee.gg website is one of the methods. There is a cash/promo application fee for entries taken outside of the Melee.gg website as outlined below. This cash/promo application fee will be subtracted from the payout for the tournament to the organizer or invoiced later if the payout for the tournament doesn’t cover the fee.

Payment Methods

Players have the ability to pay fees using several payment method options. This feature does not require any additional setup by the organizer. Not all payment methods are available on every device and in every region.

American Express Logo Discover Logo Mastercard Logo Visa Logo
Union Pay Logo PayPal Logo Apple Pay Logo Google Pay Logo

Currencies

All entry fees and organizer payouts use USD currency.

Refunds

Refunds are automatically processed whenever a player unenrolls themselves before the start of the tournament or manually by the organizer using the Tournament Controller. For an organizer to refund a player they need to use the Player Card in the Tournament Controller. The refunded amount to the player equals the total amount of money collected including the application fee.

Third-party payment processors, such as Stripe or PayPal, charge a fee whenever a payment is refunded. When a player is refunded or a tournament is cancelled, the organizer is responsible for fees charged by third-party payment processor. Those fees will be deducted from the payout for that tournament or invoiced if the payout amount is not sufficient to cover them.

Default Application Fee Policies

An application fee is applied to all entry fees and is charged in addition to entry fees set by the organizer. The default application fee policies are subject to change and are outlined here:

Type Base Percentage Online Payment Percentage Online Per Transaction Fee Min. Application Fee Min. Entry Fee
MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees 5.00 % 8.49 % $0.49 $1.00 $1.00
Paper Tournament Entry Fees 2.00 % 5.49 % $0.49 $1.00 $1.00
Explaination of terms:

Payouts

Entry fee payouts to organizers are automatically distributed after a tournament has ended. Every Tuesday morning eastern time each tournament that has ended more than a week before will be paid out. Payouts go to the PayPal account connected to your organization. The total amount of the payout for each tournament equals the total amount of money collected in entry fees minus the application fee, any cash/promo fees, and any refund fees for each entry.

Currently, there is no transfer fee for organizer payouts.

Tournaments whose status is not set to “Ended” will not be paid out. Typically, tournaments automatically end whenever the last pairing result is submitted.

Reporting

Reports containing information about tournament entries can be downloaded from your organization dashboard.