Forza Stage is now using a 'self-hosted' method of running tournaments, instead of having multiple lobbies run by race admins. Follow this guide step-by-step when participating in any forza stage tournament
Before the tournament's scheduled start, make sure that you are signed up to the relevant Battlefy event. If this is a one-off tournament, the Battlefy link can be found in the information page of the tournament. If this is a series of tournaments, the Battlefy link for each tournament will be posted in the series' discussion channel in the Discord server. If unsure, ask a Race Admin for the Battefy link for the tournament that you are participating in.
Once the bracket goes live (shortly after the tournament starts), you will need to find your tournament seed. This is a number that appears next to your Gamertag on the bracket which will determine whether you are leading or chasing. The lower the number, the 'higher' the seed (For example, Seed #1 is a lower number than Seed #2, so therefore Seed #1 is the higher seed).
In Forza Stage tournaments, the higher seed will always set up the event and will always lead. The higher seed needs to ensure that they have Simulation damage ON so that both drivers have Simulation damage during the race.
Assuming you are the higher seed, you will now need to set up the event. Make sure you are in a Horizon Life Freeroam, and then invite your opponent to the game. Once your opponent is in the game, you will need to go to the right event on the world map. The correct event name (followed by the event type in brackets) can be found in the Rules category of the tournament's Battlefy overview page.
In the case of the lower seed, you will be invited to the game by your opponent. If you have not received your invite, be sure to remind your opponent via an Xbox Live message. If you still do not receive your invite, contact a Race Admin.
Once you have found the right event and you have fast traveled to it, press the Select button to 'Enter Event' and then select the 'PVP' option. When the 'Invite Players' popup appears, select 'My Convoy'. From here, go to 'Custom Events so you can find the appropriate blueprint for your race.
In Custom Events, press the Select button to view the 'Search' page. From here, enter the tournament's relevant Title and Creator (this can also be found in the Rules section of the tournament's Battlefy overview page). Once entered, confirm search and select the correct blueprint in the results. From here, select your chosen car to set up the event. Your opponent should join this event as soon as it has been set up.
Once the event has loaded, the higher seed needs to take the lead with the lower seed following closely behind. Both drivers get within 350 yards of the first checkpoint, and then start a 60 roll to the first checkpoint. Once you have passed the first checkpoint, the race has begun and both drivers are free to accelerate, however the chasing driver is not allowed to pass until the second checkpoint.
Once both drivers have passed the second checkpoint, passing is allowed. Once the race has concluded, if a clear winner is determined (i.e if the leading car finishes with a gap bigger than 2 car lengths ahead of the chasing car, or if the chasing car finishes 1st), the winner progresses to their next opponent, and the loser moves to the losers bracket (or is eliminated from the tournament if it is a single elimination tournament, or if they are already in the losers bracket). If the distance between both participants is smaller than 2 car lengths, then the event must be restarted until a winner is determined.
If there is a dispute between both participants as to who won, this needs to be raised with a Race Admin. Make sure to provide a recording of the race or else you will be forced to restart the race.
After your race, you need to report the score of the race on Battlefy by selecting your match and then entering the outcome of the race. You need to submit this regardless of if you won or lost. If you are having difficulties submitting your scores or the score has been inputted incorrectly, contact a relevant race admin.
Following this, use this same process for every other match in the tournament until you are knocked out or the tournament or until you win!
If you are having difficulties following this guide, feel free to request assistance from a race admin at any point during the tournament