We are excited to officially announce the NorCal StarFest I, an offline StarCraft II tournament which will take place at Guildhouse in San Jose, CA on March 11, 2023.
We welcome players of all levels and spectators to join. The event will also be streamed at https://twitch.tv/guildhouse.
Join the NorCal StarCraft Discord
The tournament will begin on March 11, 2023. Exact registration and starting times are TBD.
Registration for the main tournament will cost $25. $10 will go to the prize pool, and $15 will go to the venue.
Sponsors and prize pool are TBA. We anticipate a prize pool of at least $500, not including contributions from entry fees.
If you're interested in sponsoring the event or otherwise supporting the prize pool, please contact us on Discord or via PM on TL.net.
The first stage of our tournament will utilize the ladder format supported by start.gg (formerly smash.gg). This format essentially creates a matchmaking ladder where players search for games and are assigned a rank based on their performance. After a set amount of time, the ladder will lock and the highest rated players will advance into a single elimination playoff bracket.
We may adjust our format depending on how many players register. The final format and rule set will be announced at least one week prior to the tournament. We're happy to incorporate feedback and will be using the Discord server to keep players up-to-date as we make final rule decisions.
We aim to choose a format that is fun for all players yet competitive and fair. We encourage players of all skill levels to compete! We plan to also run a fun-spirited teams tournament following the end of the ladder.
The tournament will take place at Guildhouse, an esports bar and LAN center in San Jose, CA.
The address of the venue is 420 S First St, San Jose CA 95113.
The center has powerful gaming PCs with 144hz monitors (click for more specs).
Bring your own headphones as the center has a limited amount to rent.
You may bring a keyboard and/or mouse but only if they are plug-and-play (i.e. do not require driver installation). You will not be able to install drivers or any other software.
No outside computers will be permitted. Guildhouse will be setting aside a block of computers for the tournament which are strictly to be used for tournament play only. Guildhouse will have other computers available to be used at standard venue rates.
We created a Discord server to help coordinate a regional StarCraft scene in Northern California. If you're interested in being a part of that scene, we'd love for you to join: https://discord.gg/W8cr6ea
You can contact the organizers of this tournament (Tiki, Nigel, and Blarg) in the above Discord, or via PM on TL.net.