Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Mod Support site?
This site was designed to give proper credit to talented map makers and to support the mod community.

What are the Spotlight maps?

The Spotlight maps are maps submitted to us that show outstanding creativity, technical ability, and fun gameplay.

What is the Map Vault?

The Map Vault is an archive of all of the maps we have seen in the Spotlight maps section. The Map Vault will also include our own Bonus Maps and contest winners.

Why are some maps hosted by Blizzard and others not?

Some maps have copyrighted materials that prevent us from hosting them.

When will the contests occur?

The contests will not be occurring at set intervals. They will be announced shortly before they begin, so keep checking back for new contest announcements.

How can I find out more about contest rules?

Please visit contest rules for more information on the contest rules.

I downloaded the icons, but I canít view the TGA files.

You will need a TGA viewer such as Irfanview. Warcraft III will accept TGA files so there is no conversion needed.

How will the Spotlight maps be determined?

We are working with several top Warcraft III mod sites to determine the Spotlight maps.

What sites are you working with?

The sites we are working with can be found on the main page in the Links section.

What if I have a question, comment, or suggestion?

You can send an email to ModSupport@blizzard.com

NOTE: This is not Technical Support. If you require Technical Support with our games, please email Support@blizzard.com

Current Contest Rules
Battle.net Cinematic Map Contest: Revenge!
Blizzard is pleased to announce the first mapping contest: the Battle.net Cinematic Map Contest! This contest will test your storytelling ability, cinematography, originality, and more.

Dates

Oct 17 - Nov 18
Rules
  1. Map must be entirely comprised of a cinematic movie.
  2. Map can be any size. All tilesets are permitted.
  3. Map should not exceed five minutes in length, nor be larger than seven megabytes (7MB).
  4. The cinematic must contain at least one (1) fight scene and a cohesive story.
  5. Map must be created by you. Updated Blizzard or 3rd party maps will not be accepted. Any map found to be an update will be disqualified.
  6. Only one submission per person. If you submit more than one map, or submit a map that breaks any qualification rules, all your submissions will be eliminated from contention.
  7. Map must be newly created for this contest. Any map found previously published will be disqualified.
  8. Please don't use customized tileset, terrain, model, or doodad elements.*
  9. Blizzard reserves the right to make minor modifications to final map selections.
  10. All entries must be received by November 18 to be considered.
Judging Criteria
  • Fight Scene & Storytelling
    • How interesting was the fight scene?
    • Was the story compelling?
    • Were the special effects impressive?
  • Presentation
    • How clean was the cinematic?
    • Was there any graphical clipping?
    • Were the transitions smooth?
    • Was there enough time to read the subtitles?
  • Cinematography
    • How strong was the camera work?
    • Was the scenery immersive?
    • Were doodads used well?
    • Were the music selections queued at appropriate times?
  • Originality
    • How original was the story?
  • Cleanliness
    • Were there any problems loading the map with stock Warcraft 3: TFT?
Prizes
  1. Map authors will be published on the Battle.net Mod Support website.
  2. First place will receive a Razer Diamondback plus a Razer eXactmat Bundle Pak.
  3. Second place will receive a Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS.
*Custom models, textures, and sounds are OK to use as long as they are not copyrighted materials. Any use of copyrighted materials will result in a disqualification.

To submit your map, send an email to ModSupport with CINEMATIC CONTEST in the Subject line with your entry attached.

Read the Cinematic Contest Full Rules.
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