This page describes our policies around organizers taking entry fees and recieving payouts.
To begin accepting entry fees, you’ll first need to connect a PayPal account to your Organization. To do so, go to your Organization’s Dashboard and connect it inside the “Edit Organization” tab. By enabling entry fees you agree to the Melee Terms of Service and agree to follow all of Wizards of the Coast's community guidelines.Links to Wizard's community guidelines:
Players have the ability to pay fees using several payment method options. This feature does not require any additional setup by the organizer. Not all payment methods are available on every device and in every region.
Organizers have the option to select the currency of their choice from the ones listed below. The currency selected by the organizer will be the currency all players will pay entry fees in, and the currency organizer payouts will be in.
For all non-USD currencies, players will only have the option to pay through the PayPal portal*. Entry fees for non-USD currencies will remain stored in PayPal until payouts are processed, resulting in no exchange rate fees.
*The PayPal portal allows for users without a PayPal account to pay with a credit/debit card.
Refunds are automatically processed whenever a player disenrolls themselves before the start of the tournament or manually by the organizer using the Tournament Controller. For an organizer to refund a player they need to use the Player Card in the Tournament Controller. The refunded amount to the player equals the total amount of money collected including the application fee.
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 payout for that tournament or invoiced if the payout amount is not sufficient to cover them.
If a player requests a refund once a tournament has ended, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to process this request. An invoice will be issued to an Organization for any refund that takes place after the tournament has already been paid out to the Organization.
An application fee is applied to all entry fees and is charged in addition to entry fees set by the organizer. The default application fee policies are subject to change and are outlined here:
|Currency||Type||Application Fee Percentage||Per-Transaction Fee||Min. Application Fee||Min. Entry Fee|
|US Dollar||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||8.49 %||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||8.49 %||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||No Fees||0.00 %||$0.00||$0.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||Registration Only Fees||5.49 %||$0.49||$1.00||$1.00|
|US Dollar||No Melee Fees||3.98 %||$0.49||$0.00||$1.00|
|Canadian Dollar||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||Registration Only Fees||7.99 %||$0.59||$1.30||$1.30|
|Canadian Dollar||No Melee Fees||5.99 %||$0.59||$0.00||$1.30|
|Australian Dollar||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||Registration Only Fees||7.99 %||$0.59||$1.50||$1.50|
|Australian Dollar||No Melee Fees||5.99 %||$0.59||$0.00||$1.50|
|Euros||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||€0.39||€1.00||€1.00|
|Euros||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||€0.39||€1.00||€1.00|
|Euros||Registration Only Fees||7.99 %||€0.39||€1.00||€1.00|
|Euros||No Melee Fees||5.99 %||€0.39||€0.00||€1.00|
|Japanese Yen||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||Registration Only Fees||7.99 %||¥49||¥140||¥140|
|Japanese Yen||No Melee Fees||5.99 %||¥49||¥0||¥140|
|Pound Sterling||Paper Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||MTGA/MTGO Tournament Entry Fees||10.99 %||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||Registration Only Fees||7.99 %||£0.39||£1.00||£1.00|
|Pound Sterling||No Melee Fees||5.99 %||£0.39||£0.00||£1.00|
Entry fee payouts to organizers are automatically distributed roughly a week after a tournament has ended. Every Tuesday morning eastern time each tournament that has ended more than a week before will be paid out. Payouts go to the PayPal account connected to your organization. The total amount of the payout for each tournament equals the total amount of money collected in entry fees minus the Melee application fee, cash/promo fees, and any refund fees for each entry.
Currently, there is no transfer fee for organizer payouts.
Tournaments whose status is not set to “Ended” will not be paid out. Typically, tournaments automatically end whenever the last pairing result is submitted. Note, tournaments will not end if there are additional rounds or phases following the final result that was submitted. Registration-only tournaments must be manually ended by the organizer through the Tournament Controller.
Reports containing information about tournament entries can be downloaded from your organization's dashboard.
For tournaments where entry fees primarily go to charity, Melee will only apply an additional fee to cover the transaction and handling costs associated with third-party payment processors. To have this reduced fee applied to your charity tournament, please contact us at email@example.com.