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PT Arena 5: Squad Battle for $750,000

Author: Alan W.

Dear traders,

It’s that time again…we’re bringing back our hotly celebrated and anticipated trading competition – Phemex Trader’s Arena! For this 5th edition of PT Arena, it’s the Bulls versus the Bears as you squad up and battle it out for a massive $750,000 prize pool. Teams of traders will compete against each other, and in the end prizes will be distributed to teams as well as individual traders.  Just like last time, PT Arena 5 will count all USD-margined contracts as well as the inverse BTCUSD contract (inverse ETHUSD contract won’t count). The main prize pool and structure remains the same

Additionally, our recently launched copy trading functionality can be used for an even better trading experience during the competition! Team captains with strong trading performance are encouraged to apply to be Top Traders, and team members can then one-click copy trade their positions. This allows participants to use the same strategies as trading experts and bolster team cohesion. Top traders are also able to share from profits made by those copying their trades.

Since nearly all contracts are available, each participant will end up with ROI on both their USD and BTC trading accounts. Whichever ROI is higher (in either USD or BTC trading account) will count towards the calculation for a team’s final ROI. For the individual rewards, results will be calculated using aggregate PnL across both USD and BTC trading accounts.

The battle is upon us, so start exercising your trading muscles today!


  • Oct. 17 at 8:00 UTC – Oct. 31 at 8:00 UTC: Captain and Team Registration Period
  • Oct. 31 at 8:00 UTC – Nov. 14 at 8:00 UTC: Competition Period
  • Nov. 14 to Dec. 13: Award Distribution

Participants Prize Pool (USD)

The prize pool for PT Arena 5 depends on how many participants there are. The more participants, the bigger the prize pool! So captains and players, hurry up and get your teams assembled, buckled up, and ready to trade. $750,000 in BTC is waiting for you to claim.

Participants Total Prize Pool (USD)
200-499 3,000
500-999 14,000
1000-1999 43,000
2000-3999 86,000
4000-5999 236,000
6000-7999 354,000
8000-9999 600,000
10000-13999 750,000

Team Size and Captain Rewards

For this edition of the Trader’s Arena we’ll continue with rewards for Team Captains. Any individual that can successfully form a team will receive a prize that varies based on team size. Captains who have strong trading skills are encouraged to become a copy trading Top Trader, and their team members can then one-click copy trade their positions.

Team Members Rewards for Captain
10 $300
20 $500
30 $700
50 $1,300
100 $2,500
150 $4,000
200 $6,000

Competition Format

Traders with enough influence to attract a large team can apply to become Team Captains here. All qualified traders can join the teams or captains of their choice.

A valid team must have at least 10 members. Any teams that do not meet this requirement by the time the competition begins will be disbanded. Members will then be randomly assigned to other qualified teams.

Team rankings will be based on the average Return on Investment (ROI) of each team’s top 10 traders. All participants will also be ranked and rewarded at an individual level. Unlike team rankings, individual scores will be based on Profits and Losses (PnL). Team members are able to copy trade their team captains, if the captains are qualified Top Traders.

Information about how we will calculate the formulas for individual ROI and team ROI can be found on the competition page.

Reward Breakdown

The final prize pool will be divided into two award categories: Team Awards and Individual Awards.

Team Awards amount to 78% of the final prize pool. The breakdown goes like this:

  • The 1st Place Team receives 25% of the total prize pool
  • The 2nd Place Team receives 15% of the total prize pool
  • The 3rd Place Team receives 8% of the total prize pool
  • The 4th-10th Place Teams receive an equal share of 30% of the total prize pool
    • Captains of a winning team will receive 40% of their respective team’s award
    • The top 10 team members of each winning team will share 30% of their team’s award equally. All other team members will share the remaining 30%
    • If a winning team has less than 20 members, the captain will receive 40% of the team’s award, while the other 60% will be divided equally among the rest of the team members. Accounts with transaction volumes below 500 USD during the competition period will not be eligible to receive any awards

Individual Awards amount to 22% of the final prize pool. The breakdown goes like this:

  • The 1st Place Individual receives 8% of the total prize pool
  • The 2nd Place Individual receives 5% of the total prize pool
  • The 3rd Place Individual receives 2% of the total prize pool
  • The 4th-10th Place Individual receive an equal share of 7% of the total prize pool

Additional Details

  • Users are only eligible to participate with a single account. Please make sure the email address you use to enter the event is connected to a valid Phemex UID.
  • A reminder to watch out for case sensitivity when providing your email address (it is case sensitive).
  • All perpetual contracts are available for this competition excluding the ETH-margined, inverse ETHUSD contract. All calculations will be based on the BTC trading account and USD trading account.
  • Once the competition begins, if a user’s BTC trading account net value is below 0.005 BTC or USD trading account net value is below 100 USD, the initial net value will still be calculated as .005 BTC or 100 USD respectively.
  • To view any other rules, prize breakdowns, and requirements for this competition, head to our landing page here.

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