Notice of Cancellation of ARC WORLD TOUR 2020
Rolling Hills Estates, California – March 30, 2020 -- Due to the global pandemic of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Arc System Works America, Inc. (Minoru Kidooka, CEO), has decided to cancel ARC WORLD TOUR 2020 in its entirety.
The health of our competitors, staff members and community members are our top priority. This decision also comes at the face of increased difficulty in facilitating a fair competition throughout the tour. We regret to inform those who have been eagerly anticipating this tour of its cancellation. We thank you for your understanding.
We will be making decisions regarding future ARC WORLD TOUR events (2021) based on global conditions as Coronavirus news develops.
ARCREVO Japan 2020 and ARC WORLD TOUR 2020 Finals are under discussion to be held as independent events, with participants’ safety as our top priority. Please wait for further announcements on these details.
■Changes as a result of the ARC WORLD TOUR Cancellation
The changes below will occur due to the cancellation of this year’s World Tour:
▼ARCREVO Japan 2020
Planned for July 18th, 2020. As stated above, this event is under discussion to be held as an independent event.
The date and location of the events have not been determined at this time.
▼ARC WORLD TOUR 2020 Finals
This event was slated to take place in Los Angeles, CA. at the end of the year. As stated above, the plan is to hold an independent event within the same timeframe.
The date and location of the events have not been determined at this time.
▼ARCREVO Korea 2020 and DAREDEVIL Events
We are planning to facilitate this event independent of the world tour.
▼ARC WORLD Tour Points（AWTP）
No AWTP will be rewarded at Premiere Tournaments, DAREDEVIL Events, or any online tournaments.
We sincerely apologize to our fans, players, sponsors, and supporting tournament organizers. Thank you for your understanding.
Arc System Works America, Inc. CEO Minoru Kidooka
Arc System Works, in conjunction with Cygames and Marvelous USA, presents Arc World Tour 2020, an international fighting tournament!Work your way up the leaderboards for a chance to earn a piece of the $100,000 prize pool!
This year’s tour features BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Granblue Fantasy: Versus!
Based on responses and feedback to the 2019 tour, we’re back bigger and better in 2020!
To earn a spot at the Arc World Tour 2020 Finals, be one of the top 15 points earners on the tour’s leader boards or win the last chance qualifier tournament being held at the finals. Points can be earned at the tour's Premier Tournaments and Daredevil Events.
All players must have a Smash.gg account to ensure they receive their hard-won AWTP. To create a Smash.gg account, click on the following link: https://smash.gg/
Players must register for every event using the same Smash.gg account. Entering AWT events under multiple Smash.gg accounts may result in the disqualification of Points earned or disqualification from the tour at the sole discretion of ASW staff.
We are excited to announce the events happening from across the globe from March to October 2020, which will be part of the Arc World Tour 2020. Check out the list below for the events that will be happening near your region!
There will be two tiers of Premier Tournament for Arc World Tour 2020: Platinum and Gold. Each type of Premier Tournament will have different amounts of Arc World Tour Points (AWTP) available. Details of the AWTP awarded are shown in the table below.
Daredevil Events are community-organized tournaments that are eligible to award AWTP. Events that have registered to be a part of the Arc World Tour 2020 through Smash.gg will be able to give out AWTP based on the number of entrants for each game at their event.
The DAREDEVIL tournament is scheduled from April to October 2020.
Please see here for the Daredevil Events Application Process.
For an event to qualify as a Daredevil Event, it will need to meet the criteria listed below.
Any tournament wanting to be a part of the Arc World Tour 2020 will need to do the following on Smash.gg:
1) Post tournament information, and adhere to Arc World Tour Tournament Regulations
2) Open sign ups/tournament registration
3) Create brackets and report final results
For approved Daredevil Events, the number of AWTP that will be allotted will be based on the size of the brackets reported on Smash.gg.
Arc System Works (ASW) is not involved in and assumes no responsibility for Daredevil Event and the organizers for said events will be wholly responsible for all decisions connected to the administering and running for their respective event.
Players entering Daredevil Events acknowledge that ASW does not sponsor, endorse, or are involved in the administration of said events and that by entering a Daredevil Event, players release ASW of any liability arising from the player’s participation in the applicable Daredevil Event. Any complaints, comments, or concerns regarding a Daredevil Event should be directed to the organizer of the event and not to ASW. ASW reserves the right to disqualify ranking points earned by players at a Daredevil Event if it is suspected that the event organizer has incorrectly calculated the AWTP, engaged in match fixing or manipulated the final outcome, misrepresented entry numbers, or other circumstances that cause ASW to question the integrity of a tournament’s results.
The PlayStation®4 version of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be updated to include Sony’s new online tournament feature, allowing players to enter events directly from the game’s main menu. Sign up for tournaments and get notifications for upcoming matches all from within the game.
Comprised of three seasons, the Arc World Tour 2020 online tournament series starts April and ends in September. Players will be eligible to earn AWTP by competing and placing in Stage 2 and 3 of these events.
Details on point totals are below.
For Online Tournaments, players are restricted to entering the online season dedicated to their region. Only placements in the online season that corresponds with each Player’s primary address will count towards their final point total. Entering online seasons that do not correspond with their region may result in the disqualification of points earned at the sole discretion of ASW.
More information coming soon. Be sure to check back here frequently for all the latest updates regarding the online tournaments or follow us on our social media!
*The online tournament will only be held for PlayStation®4 version of BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.
1 on 1, double elimination.
Granblue Fantasy: Versus is played Best of 3 (First to 2).
*For the winner's final, loser's final, and the grand finals, the rules will be changed to best of 5 (First to 3).
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle is played Best of 5 (First to 3).
*For the winner's final, loser's final, and the grand finals, matches are still played to best of 5 (first to 3).
All titles are to be played on the PlayStation®4 platform.
The default language settings for text for each game will be set according to the country in which the tournament is hosted. Voice language settings can be changed by players should the option be available.
The mode to be used will be the "VS Mode" of each title.
The game will be updated to the latest version of the game at the point when the tournament is held.
The control settings can be changed freely within the game. However, any controller function such as rapid pressing (turbo) or hardware-based macros are not allowed.
Players are allowed to change their characters in the beginning before the first match, or opt for a “blind pick.” For a blind pick, players must declare their first character to the staff before the match begins. Once the match starts, only the loser of the match is allowed to change their character.
In accordance to the tournament bracket, the player on the top or left of the bracket will be player 1, and the player at the bottom or right of the bracket will be player 2.
Any player who is late for their match will be automatically considered to have lost that match. This includes players who do not respond for their matches when being called up by the tournament organizers.
All players are to check their button controls in "VS Mode", before the start of the match.
Once the match begins, until the round is over, if the pause or share button is pressed, the player who pressed the button will be automatically granted a loss for that round. This includes any controller malfunction after the button check has been conducted.
If a player has been found to be using a wrong character during a match, that player will be automatically granted a loss for that entire match.
If it is deemed that a player is deliberately delaying the progress of the match by the organizers, there will be a possibility of that player being disqualified.
*Rules are subject to change without notice.
AWTP will be calculated per player by their top 14 tournament placings.
Players will be limited to earning points via the following restrictions:
1. Best performance in 1 Platinum Event
2. Best performance in 3 Gold Events
3. Best performances in 7 Daredevil Events
4. Best performances in 3 Online Seasons
In the event that two players are tied for an invite to the Arc World Tour 2020 Finals, the tie will be broken via the following regulations, in the following order of priority:
1. Total Points from best 2 performances in Platinum or Gold Events
2. Total Points from best 7 performances in Daredevil Events
3. Total Points from best 3 performances in Online Seasons
4. Average Points earned per Platinum or Gold Events attended
5. Average Points earned per Daredevil Events attended
Players may enter and compete in as many events as they wish. However, only their best performances will be considered for their final point calculations. For instance, in the event a player enters two Platinum Events, only their single highest placement will be counted towards their final total. These restrictions are also separated by title. A player's best 14 tournament performances for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle have no impact on their highest 14 tournament performances for Granblue Fantasy: Versus, and vice versa.
With $100,000 total up for grabs, the stakes have never been higher! Payout goes to all finalists who qualify for the Arc World Tour Finals in the following format:
1st Place $25,000
2nd Place $10,000
3rd Place $5,000
4th Place $2,500
5th Places $1,500
7th Places $750
9th Places $500
13th Places $250
In the event where the progress of a match is deemed impossible due to reasons such as technical difficulties, the players will have to replay the match.
In the event where the progress of a match is deemed impossible due to reasons such as technical difficulties, the players will have to replay the match recreating only the number of rounds won.