Steam makes it easy and affordable to run Valve game tournaments around the world. All you need to do is read the instructions below and then apply for a licence. After we review the details of your application, we'll guide you through the simple next steps of the process.



Game Tournament Licenses

All tournaments where Valve games are played require you to complete and agree to the terms of our Limited Game Tournament License Agreement (Tournament Agreement). Neither the retail licenses nor the Steam Subscriber Agreement terms allow a licensee to host a tournament. The Tournament Agreement is free and grants you the license to use and display identified games (Games) in your tournament. Click here to view a complete version of the Agreement.

The Tournament Agreement grants you the right to use the Games to do the following activities:

  • Operate and use the Game(s) during the licensed tournament.
  • Publicly display and publicly perform the Game(s) during the tournament.
  • Record Game play at the tournament, and distribute and sublicense such recording for private linear viewing only.
  • Promote the use of the Game(s) in connection with the tournament. You may only use copies of the Game(s) that you have properly acquired and licensed, at retail or via Valve's Steam distribution system.

You should consider whether you need permission from tournament participants, the tournament venue, or other third parties to exercise any of these rights.

Valve is not able to license third-party games that are released on Steam for tournaments. You will need to contact the publishers for those games for permission.

Valve does not grant licenses or access to tournament accounts. All participants need their own Steam account.



Tournament Restrictions

  • The tournament must occur within ninety (90) days after Valve receives the executed Agreement.
  • You shall not use or permit the use of illegal copies of the Game(s).
  • The tournament must be held at the physical location you identify in your application. Online tournaments are acceptable but you need to identify if it is limited to a specific region or available worldwide.
  • You will be limited to no more then one tournament per month.
  • Each tournament will be limited to no more than one thousand (1,000) participants.
  • The duration of the tournament will be no longer than ten (10) sequential days.

Any tournaments that fall outside of the above restrictions, need to contact Valve for approval.



Tournament Applications

If you are ready to register your tournament, please complete our Limited Game Tournament License Agreement Signup Form. If you agree to the terms of the Tournament Agreement, click Submit. Your tournament is registered and approved as long as you meet the requirements in the agreement.