Host Information

What Is The Catan World Championship?

Every year, players worldwide compete in local qualifying tournaments. The winners of these Qualifier tournaments will win a guaranteed seat at their country’s Catan National Championship. Players will face off against all other Qualifier winners to become the year’s National Champion. Every two years, the National Champions are sent to the Catan World Championships. The 2020 World Championship will be held in Malta, late 2020.

How Can Hosting A Qualifier Work For You?

Catan players are looking to join into a larger Catan community. As the Host, you provide a venue for the players looking to further explore their own personal journey with Catan. You are the entry point into the Catan Championship community.

We give you social media assets that you can use to promote your event. We will also provide online support both on the Catan Studio website, social media, and our Newsletter. Additionally, we have Catan Organized Play Prize Kits, which contain prizes for your Semi-Finalists & Finalists. When you schedule your tournament with Catan Studio, you’ll be able to purchase the prize kit for your event.

How Does A Catan National Qualifier Work?

As a Host, you will be responsible for hosting a sequence three groupings: the preliminaries, the semi-finals, and the finals. The first group in a Catan Qualifier tournament is called the preliminaries. The preliminaries are a series of three separate games of base Catan. The scores that all players earn from the preliminaries determine who will move to the semi-finals.

After all games in the preliminaries have been completed, you will rank the players based on all scores from all the preliminary rounds. The top 16 players will move to the next level grouping – the Semi-Finals. The Semi-Finalists play a single game; the winner of each Semi-Final table will advance to the Finals. The Finalists play a single game of Catan, and the winner of that final game wins a guaranteed seat at the National Championship

Your Champion will be responsible for their own transit, hotel, and badge to your country’s National Championship.

What Do I Have To Do To As A Host?

As a Host, you are required to organize and run a tournament following our structure and rules. You will supply all the games needed to run the National Qualifier tournament. You can use older copies of the game, but all games must be the same version. As example, you’re welcome to use all 4th edition or all 5th edition. You cannot mix the two editions.

You can also purchase the Catan National Qualifier Prize Kit (for your semi-finalists and finalists).  It is not required, but something nice for your participants. For retailers, these will be available through your regular Asmodee Sales rep (starting in the 2020 season). For conventions, charities, and personal-run Qualifiers, request a kit via email at [email protected].

Once you finalize your date, location, and event details, we will add it to our Tournament Calendar and our Facebook Page Events Tab, as well as add it to our monthly newsletter. Once your tournament is complete, you must:

  • Fill out our online reporting form.
  • Send us your list of players and their emails.
  • Include any photos or interesting anecdotes from your event.

Wondering about something we didn’t cover? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Ready to get started? Email the Organized Play Team today – [email protected]

All participants must be 18+ years of age and be a citizen or permanent resident of the country in which they are competing*.  

Hosts Cannot Compete In Their Own Tournament. Players Cannot Compete In The 2020 Season Qualifiers If They Have Already Won A Qualifier Earlier In The 2020 Season.


*Exception: United Kingdom competitors do not need to prove residency.