CATAN World Championship Program COVID-19 FAQ

Every year, our Catan Studio team looks forward to hosting amazing tournaments and events with our community. We care deeply about these events, but we care even more for the health and safety of our community. As such, we followed the government’s recommendations regarding the spread of COVID-19 and suspended all organized play activity through June 1.

Some areas are beginning to re-open to small events and retail spaces. Tournament hosts have begun to schedule their CATAN tournaments in accordance with their local guidelines. Please use your best judgement to decide if your attendance is safe or appropriate. Please follow physical distancing guidelines. Wear a mask. Consider using gloves. Do not attend an event if you are sick or are high risk.

We urge you to be leaders in your community and to engage in social distancing during this critical time.

Look for more information about future plans in the coming days. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation.

Please review the FAQ below and email [email protected] with any additional questions or concerns you may have.


Will my local qualifying tournament be canceled?

The health and safety of our tournament players and hosts is our highest priority. Additionally, we want to ensure that all qualifying tournaments are being held fairly. 

To accomplish this, we have asked all tournament hosts to postpone their events until June 1, 2020, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

We will work with tournament hosts to try and get as many of them rescheduled before the National Championship tournaments as possible.


When will the National Tournament for my country be held? **Updated 6/26/2020**

CATAN National Tournaments in each country may be subject to change, based on the events they are held at, and the evolving conditions in those countries. Currently, the planned dates are:

United States: October 7-11 at a location TBD in Columbus, OH (With the cancellation of Origins Game Fair, plans for the US National Championship are evolving. Qualified players should check their email for an update from [email protected])

Canada: October 30 – November 1 at Breakout 2020 (This is a new location and date. Qualified players should check their email for an update from [email protected])

United Kingdom: UK Games Expo has been canceled for 2020. We will send updated information about the U.K. Championship once we can confirm new plans. (updated 27 April 2020)

Australia: The CATAN National Championship in Australia has been postponed for 2020. All state and national participants will compete in rescheduled competitions in the first half of 2021. (updated 26 June 2020)

Ireland: The CATAN National Championship in the Republic of Ireland has been indefinitely postponed. The Irish Catan Association will reschedule the event when it is safe to do so. (updated 12 May 2020)


I already booked travel to a National Championship. What can I do?

We understand that these changes will impact everyone in different ways and will have a financial impact on some. We can only empathize and provide you with information on how you can look into getting refunds from conventions and airlines.


Will the CATAN World Championship be held this year? **Updated 5/12/2020**

We at Catan Studio want nothing more than to put on the best event possible, and to that end, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 event one full year, to November 5-8, 2021. The hotel and venue remains the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Valletta, Malta.

What this means for players:

  • All players who have already qualified for this year’s World Championship will remain qualified to play in 2021.
  • We will have one more full season ahead of the new dates, so there may be an additional National Champion from each country attending the event as well.
  • Current qualified winners must abstain from playing in qualifier tournaments for one additional year.

What this means for the tournament system:

We are adhering to the same calendar a full year later. This will allow us to maintain the same 2-year rhythm moving forward. We will simply move the CATAN World Championship (CWC) to every odd year. Together with our partners, we will host the CATAN Americas (CAC) and CATAN European Championships (CEC) every even year starting in 2022. From 2021 the CWC will take place in odd years and CAC/CEC in even years.

We know that this is disappointing for you; it’s very disappointing for us as well. However, the CWC is a global event, and many countries will not be able to have a National Championship this year. We want to make sure that as many countries can participate as possible. We are hopeful that by this time next year we will be able to look forward to a robust event.

Updates regarding the CATAN World Championship will be sent via email to participants and publishing partners, on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and this website.