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 Championship. The next World Championship will be held in Malta, November 2022.

How Can Hosting A Qualifier Work For You?

CATAN players are looking to join into a larger 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 Tournament Kits, which contain prizes for your Semi-Finalists & Finalists. When you schedule your tournament with Catan Studio, you’ll be able to obtain the prize kit for your event.

How Does A 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 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 next 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 obtain the Tournament 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. For conventions, charities, and personal-run Qualifiers, request a kit via email at [email protected].

You have two options for administrating your Qualifier event.

  1. Use the app. We have partnered with Best Coast Pairings to develop an app to assist our Tournament Hosts with seating, scoring, and reporting their events.
  2. Score, administrate, and report manually. You are welcome to use your own tools to administrate your tournament.

Whichever option you choose, once you finalize your date, location, and event details, fill out our event submission form at catanstudio.com/submitevent. This creates a token request in our system. When we approve it, your event will be added to our Tournament Calendar on catanstudio.com. We will also create a Facebook Event, and add it to our monthly newsletter.

Hosts using the app should read our step-by-step instructions at catanstudio.com/toapp. It will guide you through downloading and setting up the event, registering players, running your event, and submitting your results when you’re finished.

Hosts opting for manual administration of their event must, once the tournament is complete:

  • Fill out our online reporting form, including winner information, final table scores, and contact details for all players at your final table.
  • Send a complete list of players and their emails to [email protected]
  • Include any photos or interesting anecdotes from your event.

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

Looking for assistance with your qualifier? Look at these helpful links: Qualifier Event Documents

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 Additional Season Qualifiers If They Have Already Won A Qualifier Earlier In The Season.


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