Becoming a certified Judge is quite an achievement.

It is a mark of distinction in your local communities and a symbol of your dedication to making the gaming world a better place for all its members. At Judge Academy we want to give back to the our Judges that take on that responsibility. We’ve put together two initiatives to bring excitement and value to the lives of our members around the world!

Judge Academy First Look

Judge Academy is collaborating with a variety of publishers to give certified Judges the opportunity to get early access to upcoming releases, game testing, and other exclusives!

Not only is this a way for judges to get in on the action, but we welcome other publishers to contact us using the form here to tap into a worldwide network of motivated and experienced judges eager to jump into your products!

You can read more details about this program here!

Judge Academy Sponsor Benefits

Judge Academy is working with other companies to offer a host of benefits to our certified members. You can read about our sponsors below, and if certified, head into our benefits portal. These benefits will be growing over time so check back often to see what’s new!

Gaming, Single Card, and Accessory Vendors

We aim to satisfy all of your gaming needs with our great prices, fast and fair shipping, live accurate online inventory, and unrivaled card grading policy. Our top priority, however, is providing superior service.

Our philosophy is that the only way to be successful is to make sure our customers are happy. We firmly believe in repeat business and word of mouth advertising. We want to make sure we separate ourselves from our competitors, so on top of our great prices we offer exceptional service. From the way we pack our products for shipping to the speed in which your order gets to you, we have streamlined our process to deliver the best experience to you.

Established in 1992, Pastimes has been servicing the hobby community with great service, products and events for almost a quarter century. Today Pastimes is a leader in the table top gaming market, and one of the largest organizers of hobby game events in the USA. is the home for official Magic: The Gathering licensed merchandise presented by Legion.

GamerMats brings you amazing art from some great artists! Enjoy our gallery and choose from fantastic options for your game mat, your desktop – whatever you need!

GamerMats can design and print playmats with your art and logos. We can handle any size order from one to ten thousand. You can provide print ready artwork, or have our graphic designers handle the design and layout.

We are adding new playmats, artists and sizes all the time. Be sure to check back often for new additions!

Cardmarket is Europe’s largest online marketplace for trading card games and organizer of The Cardmarket Series – Europe’s largest Cardgame tournament series.

At every event of the Cardmarket Series, we are offering exciting tournaments in all your favourite formats. During the 2020 season we are giving away 150.000 € in Cardmarket Coupons for top competitors spread over all formats. Other prizes include exclusive playmats and other cool items!

Ultra PRO is the leading manufacturer and supplier of sports and gaming collectibles accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages and Ultra Sleeves™, our line of disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets.  We have been designing and manufacturing top quality products since 1952, and our brands are recognized for its high quality standards and design innovations.

We market and sell our products through a top-tier network of over 150 distributors and customers in North America, Europe and Asia, which in turn supplies our products to thousands of hobby shops, toy stores and other retailers worldwide.

Our mission is to provide a lovely and wonderful atmosphere so the shop isn’t just a place to buy games, but a place to experience fun!

We’re a fun game shop with TONS of Board Games, and a specialty in buying, selling, and trading Magic: the Gathering & Pokemon singles!

Card Titan is where you go for all of your Magic: the Gathering needs!

Travel Sponsors

In the spring of 1998, five passionate guys—Jon Nordmark, Peter Cobb, Frank Steed, Andy Youngs and Eliot Cobb decided to start their own company. With more than 50 years of combined experience in the luggage category and a dash of Colorado’s famous pioneer spirit, our “founding five” embarked upon a fantastic voyage that would take them from a scrappy startup selling just seven luggage brands to the #1 online retailer for travel bags & accessories.

Check out the specific benefits from our partners here!