These rules are specific to Overwatch. Please refer to the general rules for information about tournament format, substitutions, rematches and sportsmanship.


  1. Player ​and ​Team ​Eligibility
  2. Match ​Rules
  3. Penalties
  4. Spirit ​of ​the ​Rules


Player ​and ​Team ​Eligibility

1.1. Player ​eligibility

1.1.1. To ​be ​eligible ​to ​compete ​in ​the ​British Esports Student Champs, ​each player ​must ​have ​satisfy all of the following conditions: Be ​registered in full-time education ​at ​an Institution ​of Secondary or Further Education as defined in sections 1.1 and 1.2 within the General Rules. They ​must ​have ​a ​EU ​account on Overwatch. A ​Players ​account ​name ​must ​not ​be ​offensive ​and ​if ​the BEA ​considers ​this ​to ​be ​the ​case, ​that ​player ​will ​be ​required to ​change ​their ​name. A Player must be aged 12+ to compete.


1.2. Ineligible ​Students

The ​following ​students ​are ​ineligible ​to ​participate:

1.2.1. BEA tournament admins


1.3. Team ​eligibility

1.3.1. Each ​team ​must ​have ​a ​designated ​Leader that satisfies the following conditions: A registered staff member at the Institution that the team represents. In exceptional circumstances, a student with written permission from their school or college may be designated leader, subject to British Esports Association approval. Must act as representative and point of contact for BEA. Must supervise all online interaction between Players at that Institution. This can include before and after games as well as during. The leader cannot participate, only supervise.

1.3.2. A ​team ​must consist ​of ​between ​6 ​and ​8 ​players ​from ​the ​same Institution.

1.3.3. A ​player ​must ​be ​only ​on ​one ​team ​at ​once, ​however ​players ​may change ​teams ​throughout ​the ​season. Players must only play for one team per week, although they can change teams throughout the season. Each substitute player can be used on multiple team rosters at the same time. Even if they are on multiple rosters at once, rule still applies to subs. Each team can have max 2 subs on the roster at once. This can be updated throughout the season if necessary.

1.3.4. If ​a ​team ​splits ​up, ​the ​majority ​of ​the ​team ​has ​right ​to ​ownership ​of the ​team ​and ​any ​seedings/qualification ​spots ​it ​has ​earnt.

1.3.5. A ​team ​may ​request ​a ​name ​change ​at ​any ​point ​during ​a ​season. ​To change ​a ​team’s ​name ​an ​admin ​must ​be ​contacted ​with ​desired change.

1.3.6. A ​Teams ​name ​must ​not ​be ​explicitly ​offensive ​and ​if ​the ​British Esports Student Champs considers ​this ​to ​be ​the ​case, ​that ​team ​will ​be ​required ​to ​change their ​name.


Match ​Rules

2.1. Match ​Setup ​

2.1.1. All ​games ​must be played ​on ​the ​European ​server.

2.1.2. Players ​must ​use ​the ​account ​associated ​to ​their ​British Esports Student Champs profile. ​If ​this account ​information ​is ​not ​up ​to ​date ​it ​will ​lead ​to ​a ​loss ​of ​map pick ​in ​the first ​incident ​with ​increasing ​penalty ​for ​repeat ​offence.


2.2. Map choice.

“Home” team is the one displayed on the left of the fixture list. “Away” team is on the right. “Home” team get choice of Control map, then the loser of each of the subsequent maps chooses the next map. Winners choose the starting side (attack or defense).

2.2.1. Maps must be chosen from a pool of 8 containing: 2 “Control”, 2 “Hybrid”, 2 “Escort”, 2 “Assault”.

  • Control: Busan / Oasis
  • Hybrid: Blizzard World / Hollywood
  • Escort: Dorado / Watchpoint Gibraltar
  • Assault: Volskaya Industries / Temple of Anubis
  • Control: Busan / Oasis (whichever wasn’t picked first)

2.2.2. Fixtures will be Best of 5. First to win 3 maps.

2.2.3. In the event of a map draw (e.g. 3-3 on Hollywood), one round of a “Control” map will be played to determine the winner of the drawn map. This map must be played immediately after the tied map before moving on. For Spring, this tiebreaker will be Lijiang Tower.

2.2.4. Either ​team may ​create the lobby ​and the captain of the opposing team must be contacted and invited to the lobby. PH353 is the lobby code for Overwatch fixtures. This code once inputted will help with ensuring the right settings are turned on, but teams will still need to choose the correct maps from the map pool

The ​lobby ​should ​be ​set ​up ​as ​follows: Preset: Competitive Lobby.

  • Map rotation: after a mirror match
  • Return to lobby: after a mirror match
  • Team balancing: off
  • Swap teams after match: yes
  • Team 1 max players: 6
  • Team 2 max players: 6
  • Max FFA players: 0
  • Max spectators: 2
  • Match voice chat: disabled
  • Pause game on player disconnect: yes
  • Click ‘Modes’ then ‘All’
  • Enemy health bars: enabled
  • Game mode start: all slots filled
  • Health pack respawn time scalar: 100%
  • Kill cam: disabled
  • Kill feed: enabled
  • Skins: disabled
  • Spawn health packs: determined by mode
  • Allow hero switching: enabled
  • Hero limit: 1 per team
  • Limit roles: 2 of each role per team. This enforces 2-2-2 lock.
  • Respawn as random hero: disabled
  • Respawn time scalar: 100% Maps

Disable all but the one to be played next. E.g. if Hanamura is next, turn all but Hanamura to “OFF”. Click ‘Heroes’ then ‘Hero roster’

All heroes enabled, unless new (see 2.2.6, 2.2.7) All skins and cosmetics are allowed.

2.2.5. Once ​both ​teams ​have ​joined ​the ​lobby ​and ​stated ​they ​are ​ready, ​the lobby ​leader must click Start.

2.2.6. New ​heroes ​may ​not ​be ​used ​until ​they ​have ​been ​available in Competitive play ​for ​at ​least ​one ​week.

2.2.7. Heroes ​which ​have ​been majorly ​reworked ​may ​not ​be ​used ​until ​one ​week has ​passed ​since ​patch ​date.


2.3. Casting ​of ​Games

2.3.1 Champs matches can only be streamed if agreed by both teams. Those wishing to stream should reach out to the opposing staff leader and team ahead of the match to gain permission. If one of the teams in a fixture does not agree to be streamed, then the match must not be streamed.

2.3.2. Tournament ​admins ​and ​people ​that ​are ​explicitly permitted ​to ​spectate ​by ​British Esports Student Champs ​(e.g. ​shoutcasters or ​streamers) ​may ​ask ​to ​spectate. ​You cannot refuse to invite a tournament admin.

2.3.3. Players ​must ​wait ​for ​casters ​to ​declare ​they ​are ​ready ​before starting.

2.3.4. Coaches, managers or anyone not explicitly permitted to spectate may spectate with permission from both teams. Spectators such as coaches and managers must be locked to the side of their affiliation e.g. a coach for the blue team must be “locked to blue side”.

2.3.5. Spectators wishing to cast and stream may request permission from both teams to not be ‘locked’ to the side of their affiliation.

2.3.6. Stream delay of at least 180 seconds must be enabled in the streaming software to prevent cheating.



3.1. Any ​person ​found ​to ​have ​engaged ​in ​or ​attempted ​to ​engage ​in ​any act ​that ​British Esports Student Champs ​believes, ​in ​its ​sole ​and ​absolute ​discretion, ​constitutes unfair ​play, ​will ​be ​subject ​to ​penalty. ​The ​nature ​and ​extent ​of ​the penalties ​imposed ​due ​to ​such ​acts ​shall ​be ​in ​the ​sole and ​absolute discretion ​of ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.

3.2. If ​any ​team ​or ​player ​is ​suspected ​of ​breaking ​any ​rules, ​admins should ​be ​informed by the Leader. At this ​point ​admins ​may ​ask ​for ​screenshots ​or other ​evidence ​of ​misconduct.

3.3. Upon ​discovery ​of ​any ​team ​member ​committing ​any ​violations ​of ​the rules ​listed ​above, ​the ​British Esports Student Champs ​may, ​without ​limitation ​issue ​the following ​penalties to a team:

3.3.1. Loss ​of ​a ​map pick. In this instance, the opponent is given the map choice.

3.3.2. Issue of ​a ​warning on the team’s permanent record.

3.3.3. Forfeit ​of ​a ​match.

3.3.4. Temporary ​suspension ​of ​a ​player. If this results in <6 players on the team, the team will become ineligible (according to 1.3.2) unless a substitute is brought in.

3.3.5. Permanent ​ban ​of ​a ​player.

3.3.6. Deduction ​of ​points ​or ​seeding ​for ​the ​current ​or ​next tournament. Penalties are carried over with the majority of the offending team for the full academic year.

3.3.7. Disqualification ​of ​team ​from ​a ​tournament.

3.3.8. Disqualification ​of ​team ​from ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.


Spirit ​of ​the ​Rules

4.1. These ​Rules ​may ​be ​amended, ​modified ​or ​supplemented ​by ​the ​British Esports Student Champs, ​from time ​to ​time, ​in ​order ​to ​ensure ​fair ​play ​and ​the ​integrity ​of ​the ​British Esports Student Champs.

4.2. All ​decisions ​regarding ​the ​interpretation ​of ​these ​rules ​lie ​solely ​with ​the British Esports Student Champs, ​the ​decisions ​of ​which ​are ​final.