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For general ruleset on Open format, reschedules, and no shows, see rules here.

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 ​satisfied 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 2. A ​Players ​account ​name ​must ​not ​be ​offensive ​and ​if ​the British Esports ​considers ​this ​to ​be ​the ​case, ​that ​player ​will ​be ​required to ​change ​their ​name. A Player must be aged 12+ to compete. Refer to ‘Overall Rules’ for general eligibility also.

1.1.2. Ineligible ​Students

The ​following ​students ​are ​ineligible ​to ​participate: British Esports Student Champs tournament admins

1.2. Team ​eligibility

1.2.1. 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 approval. Must act as representative and point of contact for British Esports. 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.

1.2.2. A ​team ​must consist ​of ​between ​5 ​and no more than ​7 ​players that must be ​from ​the ​same Institution.

1.2.3. 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.

1.2.4. 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.

1.2.5. 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.

1.2.6. 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 ​and Hero Select

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.

2.1.3. All players must stay on their chosen role for the duration of the map. Role swaps are only permitted in between maps.

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 (in regards map choice after a Map Draw, see Winners choose the starting side (attack or defence).

2.2.1. Maps must be chosen from the maps below. 


Game Mode

Map Choices ( Select 1 per game mode)

Map 1


Antarctic Peninsula


Lijiang Tower


Map 2


Blizzard World


King's Row


Map 3


New Junk City



Map 4




New Queen Street


Map 5


Circuit Royal


Shambali Monastery

Route 66

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 Kings Row), the map is agreed as ‘drawn’ and both teams continue on to the next map. In the case of a Map Draw, the Team that selected the previous map selects the next map. If the overall fixture still is tied at the end, a tiebreaker must be played, with Push and Control maps serving as tiebreakers.

2.2.4. Either ​team may ​create the lobby ​and the captain of the opposing team must be contacted and invited to the lobby.

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

Tournament code: M6XRW 

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: 5

Team 2 max players: 5

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

Push Map Timer: 10 Minutes plus overtime

Spawn health packs: determined by mode

Allow hero switching: enabled

Hero limit: 1 per team

Limit roles: This enforces 1-2-2 lock.

Respawn as random hero: disabled

Respawn time scalar: 100% Maps

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

All heroes enabled, unless new / released in beta (see 2.2.6, 2.2.7) All skins and cosmetics are banned.

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 <5 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.

This competition is not affiliated with or sponsored by Blizzard, or Overwatch 2 esports.