Sonic Riders Arcadian Netplay Cup 2020 Announced

The biggest competitive Sonic tournament to ever be held so far is among us – the long-awaited Sonic Riders Arcadian Netplay Cup.

Tails’ Channel, Sonic Versus, and the competitive Sonic Riders community is proud to officially announce the 2020 Sonic Riders Netplay Cup – Arcadian! This will be the very first major free-to-enter esports tournament arranged in conjunction with Tails’ Channel.

  • Happening on the 27th and the 28th of November is the 14th installment in the international series of competitive Sonic Riders brackets.
  • This is the 2nd Arcadian, the first of this year, which means that no matter where you are in the world, you are allowed to join – provided that you have sufficient internet stability and speeds.
  • It also means that all previous winners of tournaments are not allowed to join this bracket.
  • The total prize pool is over $400 USD. For a free-to-enter bracket where the best players are not allowed to join, you will get paid for getting 8th place.
  • There is a 100-person cap on the bracket, so space is limited.


Tournament Dates

  • Day 1 begins Friday 27 November 2020 at 12:00 pm EST
  • Day 2 begins Saturday 28 November 2020, time TBD.

Sign Up

  • Check in before Thursday 26 November at 8:00 pm EST on Challonge.


  • Double elimination
  • Best of 3
  • Winner’s Semifinals, Loser’s Semifinals, Winner’s Finals, Loser’s Finals, and Grand Finals are best of 5.
  • Losers bracket finalist must beat the winners bracket finalist two sets in a row in order to win.
  • Stage Striking System is present. (Both players can mutually agree to go to any stage at any point in the set. If both players can’t agree, then of course use the Striking System.)

Prize pool

  • 1st $120.00
  • 2nd $90.00
  • 3rd $70.00
  • 4th $40.00
  • 5th $25.00
  • 7th $17.50

Note: 2 players get 5th & 7th place so effectively 8th place will get paid.


Bracket-specific rules

  • You must wait for matches to be called in the discord by a tournament organizer.
  • You cannot start your set unless a TO has called it.
  • The winner of the set must report their own scores.
  • If there is a discrepancy, take it up in the discord and we will work to solve it.

Tournament rules

  1. The first rule is a collection of rules on “Player educate”, and having good player educate. (Be prepared, be on time, intentional desync is automatic DQ.)
  2. Ethernet is a requirement for playing. Players on Wi-Fi connectivity must forfeit if their connection causes disruptions. To be specific, if your connection is deemed “unacceptable” by staff/admins, you will be disqualified from the current tournament and blacklisted for all future events.
  3. Any kind of tampering (Pausing after the starting gate, or messing with the pad buffer mid-game for example) will result in an instant loss of that round. However, pausing is allowed if a situation occurs that involves Rule 6.
  4. You cannot pick a stage you have already won on. This rule is known as “David’s Stupid Rule” or DSR.
  5. Non-spectated games work off an honor system. The player who won will self-report their scores in Challonge.
  6. If an error or glitch occurs that is not considered to be reasonably replicable or well known, the game should be paused immediately, preferably using the emulation pause provided by Dolphin. The situation will be assessed by judges, typically the tournament organizer and/or appointed persons. The course of action, such as a restart or continuation of the game will be determined by the judges based on the game state.
  7. Select “Skips” are banned in tournament play. This is to preserve the competitive integrity of the game.


Day 1

Matches on Day 1 will be broadcast in a joint partnership with The Real Protagonist and Crimson Gaia.

Day 2

Day 2 will be casted in a much more professional manner. This is because we are going to be collaborating with Tails’ Channel, meaning that a much broader and bigger audience will be exposed to the competitive scene of Sonic Riders.

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