Why are WBO Beyblade tournament rules different from Takara-Tomy and Hasbro’s?

As a fan-run organization, the World Beyblade Organization exists in a unique spot when compared to the companies who produce the Beyblade product line. Both companies generally work to promote Beyblade within a specific set of regions around the world, often with product lines that vary in performance when compared to each other.

Each of these regions also have varying expectations when it comes to what they expect from competitive play. Both companies also approach competitive play and the brand itself from different perspectives. And even during periods when they work together to host an official World Championship, their rules are adapted to be consistent for all participating players in one way or another.

On the other hand, the World Beyblade Organization attempts to bridge the gaps left by Takara-Tomy and Hasbro by aiming to produce, manage, and facilitate organized play on a global scale with a consistent, comprehensive ruleset and framework for all players under our "WBO Organized Play" umbrella. The purpose of this is to facilitate easier understanding across cultures, comparison of players across regions, and full consideration of all ways of playing Beyblade; not just whatever series is currently being commercially promoted by Takara-Tomy and Hasbro.

In doing this, we have also had to consider the usage of Beyblades from both brands in tournaments. This doesn not happen in Takara-Tomy or Hasbro events. It was necessary for us to allow this for accessibility reasons. Some players may only have access to one brand or another. And allowing for the usage of both brands enables certain types of emergent formats that would have otherwise not been possible given the performance differences often seen between each brand.

Because of things like this, the WBO has also developed its own culture and way of doing things over time, which has affected how certain rules are implemented in a slightly different way than Takara-Tomy or Hasbro.

We always carefully consider and review how Takara-Tomy and Hasbro choose to implement their rules and handle their organized play, but as a volunteer, fan-run not-for-profit organization, our aims are different, and thus, our approach to defining the rules and handling competitive play for Beyblade can sometimes be different.