Our goal is to provide developers with a set of tools to create projects that will create a better player experience. We try as much as possible to not guide or hinder the creative process. While we remain as hands off as possible we do, at times, need to step in to ensure projects don’t have a negative impact to players. That being the case, we care about the developer community as well as the players they develop projects for, so if you have questions let us know as soon as possible and we’ll be happy to provide guidance. Please note, by following these guidelines and eventually getting your application approved, it means we’ve approved your application for a production API key. We don’t give individual projects a stamp of approval, but rather ensure they don’t conflict with our player-focused policies.
The Tournaments API was created specifically to help tournament organizers facilitate the organization and management of community tournaments. As such, the Tournaments API should be used specifically for tournaments or events with a similar likeness. The Tournaments API should not be used for it's ability to generate pre-made lobbies for single games.
The policies around the Tournaments API are very specific in nature and include but occasionally supercede the General Policies. Please ask us if you find any of these policies vague or unclear:
Any time money gets involved we take things very seriously. We've seen a considerable amount of shady behavior with regard to the Tournaments API and as such this is not an area we're likely to be understanding. We understand the overwhelming benefit that community tournaments have created for players, but any deviation from these policies is likely to be handled strictly. If you have any questions ask before implementing a feature that may conflict with these policies.