Melee Entry Fee and Payment Policies

Updated July 1st 2022
Revision: 5

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

Enabling the use of entry fees

To begin accepting entry fees, you’ll first need to connect a PayPal account to your Organization. To do so, go to your Organization’s Dashboard and connect it inside the “Edit Organization” tab. By enabling entry fees you agree to the Melee Terms of Service and agree to follow all of Wizards of the Coast's community guidelines.

Links to Wizard's community guidelines:
Note: Organizers may take entry fees using any method they choose as long as accepting entry fees on the Melee website is one of the methods. It is against our Terms of Service not to have Melee as an option for entry fees in tournaments where they are collected. There is a cash/promo application fee for entries taken outside of the Melee 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.

Tournaments for Charity

Tournaments where entry fees primarily go to charity are exempt from the Base Percentage (Melee Fee) associated with Entry Fees. A 3.49% application fee and $0.49 transaction fee will be applied to cover the transaction costs associated with third-party payment processors, such as Stripe or PayPal. To schedule a charity tournament, please contact us at contact@melee.gg.

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 disenrolls 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 canceled, the organizer is responsible for fees charged by a 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.

If a player requests a refund once a tournament has ended, please email us at contact@melee.gg to process this request. An invoice will be issued to an Organization for any refund that takes place after the tournament has already been paid out to the Organization.

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 5.00 % 8.49 % $0.49 $1.00 $1.00
No Fees 0.00 % 0.00 % $0.00 $0.00 $1.00
Registration Only Fees 2.00 % 5.49 % $0.49 $1.00 $1.00
Explaination of terms:

Payouts

Entry fee payouts to organizers are automatically distributed roughly a week 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 Melee application fee, 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. Note, tournaments will not end if there are additional rounds or phases following the final result that was submitted.

Reporting

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