Splinterlands Kickoff Cup – Event Schedule, Prize Info, How to Watch!

07 / 14 / 2021 By Jacob Shrader

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Hey Summoners,

We are super excited to run our first Splinterlands tournament, The ZenSports Kickoff Cup, this Saturday (July 17th) at 5:30 PM EST.

We will be attending DYGYCON prior to the tournament, so make sure to stop by our booth!

As for the event, it will follow the format of what has been referred to as a crawl tournament in the past.

We will slow down the action, un-pack it, and analyze it from all angles for our viewers. If you are new to Splinterlands, this is the perfect event for you!


If you are participating in the Kickoff Cup, please make sure you understand:

  1. Players will be responsible for submitting match results on the ZenSports app no earlier than 5 minutes before the end of the round to ensure matches are not spoiled on the official broadcast. 
  2. Players will be responsible for hiding their card choices if they stream to Twitch.
  3. Players must start matches at times mentioned in the schedule below to qualify for the next round. 
  4. Players will not play ahead and will wait for each round to begin their next match and ensure matches are not spoiled. 
  5. Players must be present for the Kickoff Cup before being eliminated from contention.
  6. Loser bracket matches are to be best of one, and played before the start of the next Winners Bracket round.
  7. Winner Bracket matches will be best-of-3, up until the Winner’s Bracket Finals, which will be best-of-5.
  8. Loser Bracket matches will be best-of-1, up until the Loser’s Bracket Finals, which will be best-of-3.
  9. Grand Finals will be best-of-5.
  10. Individual contests will be played via the CHALLENGE feature on the Splinterlands Game.
  11. There is no card limit for matches in the tournament.
  12. Player on the bottom of the bracket will send the challenge request.


Tournament Schedule

All times in EST (U.S Eastern)

Pack and card giveaways will be happening throughout the tournament when extra time is available!

5:15 | Tournament Coverage Begins

  • 5:20 | Intro to ZenSports, Splinterlands & Contestants.

5:25 | Round of 32 Begins. 

Players must start their matches by 5:30 to qualify.

  • 5:45 | Winner Bracket match results submitted on ZenSports.
  • 5:45 – 5:50 | Loser Bracket matches played out and results submitted on ZenSports.

5:50 | Round of 16 Begins

Players must start their matches by 5:55 to qualify. 

  • 6:05 | Winner Bracket match results submitted on ZenSports.
  • 6:05 – 6:10 | Loser Bracket matches played out.

6:10 | Elite 8 Begins

Players must start their matches at 6:15 to qualify. 

  • 6:25 | Winner Bracket match results submitted on ZenSports.
  • 6:25 – 6:30 | Loser Bracket matches played out.

6:30 | Final 4 Begins

Players must start matches by 6:35 to qualify. 

  • 6:45 | Winner Bracket match results submitted on ZenSports.
  • 6:45 – 6:50 | Loser Bracket matches played out.

6:50 | Loser Bracket finals 

Players must start matches by 6:50 to qualify. 

7:00 | Winner Bracket finals

Players must start matches by 7:05 to qualify.

7:15 | Grand Finals

Players must start matches by 7:20 to qualify. 

7:45 | Tournament Conclusion


Check out the ZenSports app to view the tournament bracket!


Stream Details and Overview

We are incredibly excited to have Chris Roberts, Splinterlands’ Director of Content, commentating the event and analyzing matches.

Chris will breakdown every match played in the tournament, discuss the bracket, and give away packs and summoners throughout the course of the tournament.

Tune in and type “!enter”, and you will be entered to win an Untamed pack!


Prize Pool and NFT Trophy

Above all else, the winner of the ZenSports Kickoff Cup will take home this 1/1, custom-built NFT trophy. The trophy comes inscribed with a Haiku, written by our GM of Esports.


Additional payouts are as follows:

1st Place. 1/1 NFT Trophy, $500 + $2 per follow on our Twitch, from now up until the end of the event. 

2nd Place. $400

3rd Place. $300

4th Place. $200

5th-6th Place. $100

7th-8th Place. $75

9th-12th Place. $50

13th-16th Place. $25


As always, the following rules apply:

  1. Payments will be made as a credit to customer’s ZenSports account.
  2. Withdrawal requests will be sent through the app.
  3. ZenSports does not offer any third-party payments, such as PayPal or Venmo.
  4. Players located in sanctioned countries will not be eligible to win prize money.


How To Watch

  1. Watch directly on our Mobile App! The Web App allows you to watch the main event broadcast and all summoners who are streaming the event live.
  2. GamerJibe Watch Party!! Following DYGYCON, the GamerJibe is hosting a watch party for the ZenSports Kickoff Cup!
  3. Watch directly on Twitch. Make sure to follow the stream. $2 will be added to the winner’s prize pool per follow.

We hope to see lots of you there! Feel free to join our Discord to stay up to date on all things ZenSports!


Download the ZenSports apps