On behalf of sc2btc I'd like to announce the start of the site's EU beta.
Had a few double checks to make sure this is the right forum area and that this post is more useful to the TL community than just some good ol' fashioned advertisement.
Sc2btc.com - what is it?
Sc2btc.com is a new tournament hosting website that embraces esports and tries to encourage sponsorship for new and veteran players alike. sc2btc.com utilizes “The Gauntlet” to automate tournaments and track player ‘levels’ as they play through various satellite tournaments.
sc2btc.com is also a strong supporter of bitcoin and will be using it to manage prize pools and player winnings.
Poisoned Hearts will provide casting for some of the games as well, which games and when will be announced for each stream night.
Due to bitcoin not having to be cleared through a bank and being sent directly from person to person, the transaction fees are minimal and more of the winnings are kept for the tournaments and winners.
You can sign up to the sc2btc website with any google account and tie your sc2 profile to your sc2btc account.
- Currently you are only able to sign up to the sc2btc website with a google account.
The gauntlet is the system that sc2btc will employ in automating the tournament system.
“The gauntlet is an experimental, multiple-entry, sponsor-to-play, semi-professional Starcraft 2 hybrid tournament service with RPG-style progression bound to the economic and skilled advancement of players which aims to bridge the many gaps in online tournaments. It harnesses automated, micro-sponsored and quick-to-complete satellite tournaments, pays out immediately and does so without the need for personal player information or credit cards”
Essentially, The Gauntlet is an automated system; you sign up to the website and throw your name into the gauntlet, you are then put into level-relevant tournaments automatically.
The Gauntlet uses a level system, placing players into groups of 4 in their respective levels, winners of those 4-person groups then advance to the next level.
(Check the Prize pools: area(http://www.sc2btc.com/thegauntlet)
Eligibility and costs
Sign-up and entry into The Gauntlet is free, so you can sign up and check out the sc2btc open beta right now.
The open beta is focusing on the EU time zones for the time being, but once the EU trial is over; Sc2btc will be expanding the service to include American-friendly timezones.
However, you can still sign up with the global play feature if you want to check the site out and try out the matches in EU time-zones.
However, you will require a Heart of the Swarm upgraded account, as the tournaments are HoTS based; there are no plans to run WoL tournaments.
Links and further reading
Don't forget to check out the site itself and check both the "watch" tab and "the gauntlet" for some more info if you're interested.
Hopefully some of you check us out and like what we're hoping to achieve.
Any questions feedback - post away!