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ESA Winter 2018 is here! Hotel check in will be available from 4pm Friday 16th, and the event space will open later on Saturday 17th when ready. Hotel check out will be on Sunday 25th at 10am and we hope to have completed teardown by Sunday night. The stream is planned to run from afternoon of February 20th to the evening of the 24th.


UPDATE: First accepts have been published, submission will open again, November 20th to 25th!

Submission status: Closed until November 20th
First accepts: November 8th
Final cuts & schedule: December 1st

This post was written by Fatzke

The game submission and scheduling team for this event are Fatzke, eTholon and IrregularJinny. We will be once again reaching out to individuals and game communities regarding runs, rules and so on to help us make our decisions as we have done in previous years.

The Form
This year's submissions will be using a new system developed by Lordmau5 and FreezyLemon.

You will need to register and link your Twitch account in order to log in. Additionally we require you to link your and Discord accounts in the “My connected accounts” section:

We require your account to check your leaderboard times. Discord will be the main tool for all forms of communication leading up to the main 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:

You are welcome to submit all content including non-speedrun content so long as it has a relevance, such as score attack, rhythm games, and exhibitions.

If you already know about your availability during the week, please make that known in your submissions. If you don’t you will be able to edit your submission later, so don’t worry.

Our Philosophy
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 (4 hours or more) 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. Given a suitable level of submissions and if we have enough resources, we would like to run a second “long RPG” stream with 2-3 runs a day, from lunch time to the end of the day. So definitely submit these games. More info on this after the submission phase.

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).

Pitching games that you have not yet learnt or mastered is OK. But you need to show significant (weekly) progress after the point that your suggestion passes the first cut.

Rules for Submissions
There will be a limit of five submissions (including categories) per person. You can exceed this maximum by being part of a race, relay or co-op run another runner has submitted. These do not count towards your personal total.

Races and Co-Op runs have a limit of two capture feeds for this event.

Non-complete game categories will be allowed provided they are accepted by the individual communities.

Submitted games must adhere to [Twitch's streaming policy](

When you submit your game, you should provide a short description about the run and/or the game,a link to a video of a run as well as information about your progress in the game. We suggest adding your times to the leaderboards for your game (or making your own!) so we can more easily keep track of times. If your community uses other leaderboards, please link them in your submission form.

If you are submitting races, relays, co-op games or anything else with multiple people, only one runner will be required to submit it and list the other runners on the submission page. All participants also have to have their Twitch account linked. The other runners will then be notified and are required to confirm that they are willing to take part in the race.

The marathon run will be a no-reset run, so you should practice a few runs truly without resetting and find an average of those. Actively practice no reset strats and also have backup strats (or savegames) at hand in case something never happened before. The estimate should consider everything that can go wrong as well as any additional content that you may wish to show off. Remember that you may have been awake for forty hours having fun before your run! It is much 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!

Not complying with the rules will cause your submission to be deleted.

The Cuts
There will be two rounds of selections:

The first cut will pick out all the games we are interested in and confirm half of the final picks. This will give early security to the runners who are already at the top of their game to book their trip.

The rest of the games will then undergo another selection process directly before the schedule release. The additional time between the first and the second cut is supposed to give runners time to learn their games, hone their skills and get to the desired level to be able to showcase their runs. In the end we will apply the same standards in terms of skill/commentary to the first and the final picks.

We will release those second cuts alongside the schedule on December 1st.

”Chase Games” and unreleased games

For this event we will re-introduce a concept from a past ESA. Chase games are games that we would like to have in the marathon but are not yet released by the end of the submission phase. For these particular games we will have separate submissions opening up about one week before the schedule lasting only a few days.

The list for ESA Winter 2018:
October 17th: South Park: The Fractured But Whole
October 27th: Super Mario Odyssey
October 27th: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon coming out on November 17th is also a potential candidate. However, with barely two weeks until schedule release there is probably not enough to turn this into a marathon ready run.

Important: Just submitting these games will not guarantee them a spot in the marathon. We will hold them and you to the same standards as all the other games. If one of those runs turns out to be a four hour long autoscroller or we think that you are not good enough to show them off properly, they will be cut in the end.

You can still submit other unreleased games during submissions in October.

Scheduling Team Information:

If you have any questions, post in this thread or PM either Fatzke#4192, eTholon#5871 or IrregularJinny#2406 on the ESA Discord. Non-private PMs may be posted in this thread if we feel they would be helpful to others.

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