This page provides information about our policies regarding the acceptance of entry fees and the procedures for entry fee reimbursements.
To start accepting entry fees, you need to link a PayPal account to your Organization through the Edit Organization page. By activating entry fees, you are accepting the Melee Terms of Service and adhering to the community guidelines and policies of the game of the tournament you're hosting.
Players can use various payment methods to cover entry fees, with no extra setup required by the organizer. Please note that not all payment methods are accessible on every device and in every region.
Organizers can choose their preferred currency from the options listed below. This chosen currency will be used for all transactions, including the payment of entry fees by players and payout to the organizer.
For all currencies other than USD, payment can only be made via the PayPal portal*. In this case, entry fees will remain stored in PayPal until reimbursements are processed, thus avoiding exchange rate fees.
*The PayPal portal allows individuals without a PayPal account to pay with a credit/debit card.
Please note that refunds are always issued in the same currency as the original payment was received, ensuring consistency and avoiding any complications due to currency exchange rates.
Third-party payment processors, such as Stripe or PayPal, charge a fee whenever a payment is refunded. When a player is refunded or a tournament is canceled, the organizer is responsible for fees charged by a third-party payment processor. Those fees will be deducted from the reimbursement for that tournament or invoiced if the reimbursement amount is not sufficient to cover them.
Should a player contest a payment, Melee will inform the Organizer, who will then decide the preferred method for dispute resolution. Organizers are responsible for all third-party processing fees that arise during the resolution process.
Additional third-party processing fees, Melee platform fees, and per-transaction fees apply to all entry fees, over and above the entry fee set by the organizer. This fee structure can change, and is detailed below:
|Currency||Type||Third-party Processing Fees||Melee Platform Fees||Per-transaction Fee||Min. Application Fee||Min. Entry Fee|
|US Dollar||Tournament Entry||3.49%||5.00%||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||Tabletop Tournament Entry||3.49%||5.00%||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||No Fees||0.00%||0.00%||$0.00||$0.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||Registration Only||3.49%||2.00%||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||No Melee Platform Fees||3.98%||0.00%||$0.49||$0.00||$1.00|
|Canadian Dollar||Tabletop Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||Registration Only||5.99%||2.00%||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||No Melee Platform Fees||5.99%||0.00%||$0.59||$0.00||$1.30|
|Australian Dollar||Tabletop Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||Registration Only||5.99%||2.00%||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||No Melee Platform Fees||5.99%||0.00%||$0.59||$0.00||$1.50|
|Euros||Tabletop Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||€0.39||€1.00||€1.00|
|Euros||No Melee Platform Fees||5.99%||0.00%||€0.39||€0.00||€1.00|
|Japanese Yen||Tabletop Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||Registration Only||5.99%||2.00%||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||No Melee Platform Fees||5.99%||0.00%||¥49||¥0||¥140|
|Pound Sterling||Tabletop Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||Tournament Entry||5.99%||5.00%||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||Registration Only||5.99%||2.00%||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||No Melee Platform Fees||5.99%||0.00%||£0.39||£0.00||£1.00|
Approximately a week after a tournament concludes, organizers will automatically receive entry fee reimbursements. Every Tuesday, funds for each tournament that ended more than a week prior will be released to organizers. Reimbursements are sent to the PayPal account linked to the organization, with the total payout for each tournament being the sum of all collected entry fees, minus any platform or refund fees linked to fees collected outside of the Melee website.
Currently, there are no fees for transferring entry fee reimbursements.
Tournaments that are not marked as “Ended” will not receive reimbursement. A tournament automatically ends when the result of the last round is submitted. If there are additional rounds, phases, or unresolved matches, the tournament will not end. Additionally, organizers must manually end registration-only tournaments via the Tournament Controller.
Organizers can view each tournament entry record and entry fee reimbursement in their organization's dashboard.
For tournaments where the entry fees mainly go to charity, Melee will waive the Melee Platform Fee. Only Third Party Processing and Per-Transaction Fees linked to third-party payment processors will apply. For assistance, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.