When deciding whether a suggested game will fit into the final schedule, we will consider the following: length, entertainment value and commentary quality. We will be looking at these three qualities over others such as game popularity.
For example, long games are harder to put in the schedule due to how many games could be put in their place. Long games can and still will make it in, but will require more consideration than a shorter game.
Additionally, the entertainment value of runners, games and commentary is taken into consideration. If you are running a game that had a limited release, but is incredibly entertaining or has fantastic commentary, your game is still likely to get in. We also place stock in the scenes and communities around these games and previous marathon runs and runner behaviour (if appropriate).
In order to maintain the high standards we have established on the ESA channel, we are setting some technical requirements. The following conditions apply:
- Runners should be able to stream to Twitch at a bitrate of at least 2.5 Mbit. Depending on your game and resolution you might be able to get away with less. Submit your video and let us be the judge!
- Runners must use a face camera for their run during the marathon. This is to maintain the high production standard we set for all our flagship marathons, and no exceptions will be made. With programs like iVCam, your phone can easily be used for this purpose.
- Races may be permitted if they fulfill the following criteria:
- The race must be between not more than two people.
- Both runners must fulfill the above stated quality requirement and use a face camera.
- The submission must include at least one dedicated commentator who will take on the commentary for the entirety of the race. Runners themselves will not be able to provide commentary during the run except for shoutouts at the end and/or an introduction in the beginning.
- Co-Op runs may be permitted if all runners can be at the same location and on camera, but please don’t jeopardize your own as well as your fellow humans’ health by travelling long distances to meet up. If you want to bring along a co-commentator via Discord, feel free to do so!
When submitting your game you will be asked to provide a short description about the game as well as the run/showcase/exhibition, a video showcasing it as well as information about your personal progress. Make sure that this video also meets the specifications listed above!
Bonus points for submitting a video with marathon-like commentary!
Please state your availability during the event as clearly as possible (preferably in CEST) in your submission comment. Keep in mind that very short availability windows can cause massive headaches for us when creating the schedule and we may have to reject runs because of this. We will do our best to consider all the different time zones when creating the schedule.
There is a limit of five submissions per runner. This includes different categories. You can exceed this maximum by being part of a race or Co-Op run another runner has submitted. These do not count towards your personal total.
If you are submitting races, Co-Op runs or anything else with multiple people, only one runner will be required to submit it and add the other runner(s) on the submission page. They will then be notified and are required to confirm that they are willing to take part in the race after they set up their profile within the submission system. Please make sure that everybody accepts these invites. We can’t accept runs if the participants haven’t confirmed that they’re taking part.
We suggest adding your times to the speedrun.com leaderboards for your game (or making your own if it doesn’t exist yet) so we can more easily keep track of your times. If your community uses other leaderboards, please link them in the submission form. If there are no leaderboards relevant to your submission, feel free to provide a meme of your choice instead to fulfill the requirements of the form.
Your estimate should consider everything that can go wrong. Actively practice no-reset runs and have backup strategies (or save files) ready in case something never happened before. It is better to err on the side of caution and overestimate. You will be able to adjust your estimate time later on and you are advised to do so! Don’t add an inaccurate time in the hope that it will appear more impressive and increase the chance that you are accepted.
You are welcome to submit all content including non-speedrun content as long as it has relevance. Non-complete game categories will be allowed provided they are accepted by the individual communities.
We have a similar stance on emulators: presenting the run on the original console is preferred, but if emulators are accepted by the game’s community, they are allowed.
Submitted games must adhere to Twitch’s community guidelines.
If you’re using our submission form for the first time, you will need to register and link your Twitch account in order to log in. Additionally we require you to link your Discord account as well as include your username on speedrun.com in your profile.
The speedrun.com account is required to check your leaderboard times. Discord will be the main tool for all forms of communication leading up to the event and will also be the way for the game selection and scheduling team to contact you.
If you don’t have an account yet, please get one HERE and join the ESA Server: https://discord.gg/esamarathon
If you already know about your availability during the event, please make that known in your profile and state your timezone as well as your availability in CET/CEST in your submission comment(s).
Possible donation incentives and bid wars can also be entered through the form. Keep in mind that those undergo a review process as well and should not add more than five minutes to your run unless justified. We will reach out to you if we feel like one of your incentives is inappropriate, could work better in a different format or just needs some clarification. A list with all the accepted incentives and bid wars will be published some time after the schedule has been released.
Some parts of your submission may remain editable until the release of the schedule. After that only donation incentives and bid wars can be changed and major changes to things like the estimate are only possible after talking to us directly.
If you have any questions, PM either Fatzke#4192 or eTho#5871 on the ESA Discord. We’re happy to help.