Our official CATAN tournaments are invitational programs. This is especially true of the National Qualifier Tournaments, National Championships, Masters Invitational, and the CATAN World Championship. All players are invitees. They must abide by this “Code of Conduct.”

CATAN is a values-based brand. Generally, CATAN GmbH and CATAN Studio expect players to conduct themselves in both a legal and civil manner during play, during other tournament activities, during related event activities, and throughout the tournament and event program.

Players shall exhibit kindness, courtesy, and fair play to others during tournament games, during other tournament activities, during related event activities, and throughout the tournament and event program.

Electronic devices are not permitted on the table during tournament games. Cellular phones and all other devices must be in a pocket or stored and may not be used during the game, except as provided in our Photography and Video policy (see Rule 3.1.2).

Photographs of the board prior to start and at the end of the game are permitted.

If a player must take an emergency call, they must inform their opponents, the game will pause, and the player must step away from the table for the duration of the call.

Players shall not disrupt tournament activities, related event activities, or activities within the local community surrounding the tournament and event site.

Players shall not harm, or bring substantive harm to, the CATAN brand before, during, or after the tournament and event program.

Players shall not contest, dilute, and/or misappropriate CATAN intellectual property.

Players shall be responsible for ensuring that all friends and family members present at the tournament and event program also abide by this Code of Conduct.

CATAN GmbH, CATAN Studio, or their designated agents shall have the right to immediately disqualify a player who violates this Code of Conduct. Continued or especially egregious violations of this Code of Conduct may result in a player being removed from the World Championship and/or Masters program indefinitely.

When at a convention or event hosted by CATAN Studio, you are  in a safe, respectful, inclusive, and fun environment. This Code of Conduct applies to everyone: staff, contractors, other vendors, convention staff, guests, and press will be held to the same standards. We reserve the right to remove or ban any person who does not adhere to the Code of Conduct.

We do not tolerate harassment of any kind, including:

  • Intimidation or threats
  • Inappropriate disruption of events
  • Hurtful language
  • Physical assault of any type
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwanted sexual attention
  • Unwanted photography or video recording
  • Bullying, stalking, or following.

Especially in connection to:

  • Race or ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Gender identity or presentation
  • Sex or sexual orientation
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Religion
  • Citizenship status
  • Medical condition or pregnancy.

If you experience or witness any form of harassment, please contact a CATAN Studio staff member or convention show officer.

If you are asked to stop any harassing behavior as listed above, STOP immediately. Enforcement will be escalated to convention or event staff.