One of the aspects we admire most about the Topcoder community is the ability for our members to make an impact, not only in the real world -- but with how we run Topcoder as a platform and a community.
We understand how many of you felt regarding the recent change in TCO eligible sponsored marathon matches. So we are going to roll a few things back -- and make a few a changes:
We are adding an additional trip to the TCO Finals for whoever has the highest total sponsored points through September 1, 2017. The winner will be a TCO attendee only - and will not be eligible to participate in the on-site marathon match contests. You can still only win one trip to the Finals and more information and details about this new trip winning opportunity will be published next week on the TCO17 website.
We are still offering TCO points for the sponsored matches. But they will NOT count towards the regular fun matches or the onsite competition at the TCO. TCO points for sponsored matches will have its own leaderboard. Essentially every single marathon match from now until September 1, 2017 will have TCO points associated with it; but only the three fun matches per the TCO17 Marathon Competition will be included for the TCO17 Finals and 12 trips to compete.
We are still looking to define this, and will provide more info soon.
So what does this mean?
1. We will add a special leaderboard for sponsored matches
2. Participants in sponsored matches will earn points based on their final score.
3. The top scorer on the special leaderboard as of September 1, 2017 will win a trip to the TCO17 Finals (separate from the fun match winners.)
4. Sponsored matches will have points - but the points aren't valid for the MM finals, only for winning a trip
Thanks again to everyone for their feedback.
-The crew at Topcoder