General Rules

Dance Game Ruleset

Fighting Game Tournament Rules

Bracket Format

  • All players in the tournament will be “seeded by region” by the TIO Tourament Organizing software.  This increases the chance that you will play against players whom you have not played against before.
  • Most Storm tournaments are Double Elimination, which consists of a Winner’s Bracket and Loser’s Bracket. If you lose to one opponent, you are placed in the Loser’s Bracket. You are out when you lose to 2 opponents.

Before the Match

  • Players will choose which side they would like. If an agreement cannot be reached, a coin toss will determine the outcome.
  • For character selection, an optional Double Blind Selection can be used to ensure your opponent does not know what character you choose before they choose. This must be called before your opponent’s character has been chosen.
  • Stage selection will be at random unless agreed upon by all players.
  • All game options will be chosen before the match starts.

Playing the Match

  • The match is over when a player wins the required number of games.
    •  Mostly 2 out of 3 games with Finals being 3 out of 5
  • For some fighting games, each game is represented by a specific amount of rounds:Once player has won the match, the winner must IMMEDIATELY report to the tournament judge.
    • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – 1 round
    • Street Fighter, BlazBlue, Mortal Kombat, King of Fighters – 2 out of 3 rounds
    • Tekken 6, Soul Calibur 5 – 3 out of 5 rounds
  • If a match requires multiple games, the player that loses can switch their characters, game modes, or character order. The winner must keep their characters, game modes, and character order for the next game. The player that loses also has the option to switch sides if they choose.

Rule Violations

  • You are not allowed to stop a game in the middle of your match. Pausing the game will result in an automatic forfeiture of the round. NO WARNINGS WILL BE GIVEN! Players can agree to continue the round if they desire.
  • Match interruptions beyond the players control (e.g. power outages, game freezes) will be dealt with directly by the tournament organizer.  If game cannot be started where left off, the Game will be replayed with both players picking the same characters and modes.


  • Bring your own controller! In case you don’t have one, one may be provided if available, but no guarantees!
  • It is recommended to test your controller configuration and button response before the start of your match. (The next rule tells you why!)
  • In the event of an equipment failure, they player has the option to stop the game in progress to obtain an replacement. If a game is stopped in progress, the reporting player must forfeit the current round.
  • New equipment must be immediately available.  If replacement equipment cannot be obtained in a timely manner, the player must continue to play on their current equipment or forfeit the Match.
  • A player can switch out equipment between games if desired.

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