The World Cube Association (abbreviated as WCA) is the ruling and organizing entity for speedsolving Rubik's Cube and other puzzles. Although the WCA has no legal status, it is regarded by all top speedcubers as the official organization for cubing competitions and records.
The WCA was founded by Ron van Bruchem and Tyson Mao, who were also the first members of the WCA Board, the governing body of the WCA. Gilles Roux joined as a board member in October, 2004, and Masayuki Akimoto in September, 2005. Gilles Roux retired from the board in November, 2008, and Masayuki Akimoto retired in the beginning of 2012. In July 2012, Sébastien Auroux and Tim Reynolds joined as board members.
Requirements for an official competition
The following is taken from the official WCA regulations. The following things are necessary for an official competition:
- The WCA Board must approve the competition.
- The WCA regulations must be followed.
- There must be a WCA delegate (appointed by WCA Board) attending the competition.
- The competition must be clearly announced, at least two weeks before the competition starts.
- The competition must be accessible for the public.
- The Stackmat timer (at least Generation 2) must be used for time measurement.
Official results can only be set at WCA-official events. Because of this, non-WCA-official competitions tend to receive much less interest.
List of official events
As of 2013, WCA recognizes the following 18 official events:
- 3x3x3 No Inspection (removed in ?)
- Old Multi-Blind (removed in 2008)
- Rainbow Cube (removed in 2009)
- Siamese Cube (removed in 2009)
- Rubik's Magic (removed in 2013)
- Rubik's Master Magic (removed in 2013)