March 3, 2020

Rulings, Game Format & Prizes

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Rulings

1.0. General

EsportPath has the right to decide outside or even against the rulebook in special cases to guarantee fair play and inclusive behaviour.

1.1 Code of Conduct

Every participant has to behave with respect towards the representatives – employees/crew, EsportPath employees/crew, press, spectators, guests, partners, security, police, government authorities, and other players. The participants are requested to represent esports and their sponsors honourably. This applies to behaviour in-game and also in chats, messengers, comments and other media prior to, in event and post-event. We expect players to conduct themselves according to the following values:

  • Compassion: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • Integrity: Be honest, be committed, play fair.
  • Respect: Show respect to all, including teammates, competitors, and event staff/crew.

Participants must not engage in harassment or hate speech in any form. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hate speech, offensive behaviour, or verbal abuse related to sex, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, or religion.
  • Stalking or intimidation (physically or online).
  • Spamming, raiding, hijacking, or inciting disruption of streams or social media.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes unwelcome sexualized comments, jokes, and sexual advances.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviours.

Violation of this Code of Conduct will result in penalty points. In the case of repeat or extreme violations, penalties will include disqualification, or banning from future events.

1.1.1 Insults and offensive behaviour

All insults that happen during a match to own team players, competitors or officials will be dealt with. This includes verbal communications and is not limited to in-game chat of the corresponding game, guestbooks, forums, Match- or News-Comments, Match-Chat, game or media comments. Insults that happen on external platforms are not taken into account.

Severe incidents including, but not limited to the following points, may be punished in other ways:

  • Extremist statements
  • Threat of violence
  • Sexual harassment
  • Stalking
  • Severe insults
  • Pornographic linkings

The right to appeal is only with the injured.

1.1.2. Spamming

The excessive posting of futile, annoying or offensive contributions within any linked or related social media is considered as spamming. Spamming on the website (forums, match comments, player comments, support- and protest pages, etc) is penalized as follows:

  • Removal from social media platforms
  • Removal from competition
  • Banning from competitions

1.2. Matches, competitions, meetings

In all competitions, there should be a fair playing field for all players.

Every encounter, whether a ladder match or other competition must be played according to the rules until it is complete and the result is announced by EsportPath management, or at events the result sheet is completed by EsportPath management. Any encounter that did not take place officially, will be deleted.

It is not allowed for participants to bet on matches in their own competition. Betting against yourself (in team leagues: against your own team) will get you (in team leagues: your team) disqualified and the betting player banned for life.

Players and teams that are already qualified for or participating in an event or the later stages of a tournament are not allowed to participate in any of its ongoing or upcoming qualifiers. In the case of a player or team breaching this rule, they will be disqualified from the current qualifier and may face further punishment, up to and including disqualification from the event.

1.3. Game / client

In general, all programs which are not part of the original game, including custom-data and modifications, are not allowed. All external voice programs are allowed.  Programs and applications that alter the game state to provide an unfair advantage are forbidden. Any programs that change the game itself are forbidden.

1.4. Game Coverage

EsportPath reserves exclusive right to the coverage of matches and media pre-event and post-event. This includes all forms of transmission, including IRC, streams, radio, TV and all social media platforms. EsportPath can assign the coverage rights of a match or of several matches to a third party or to the actual players themselves. In this case, terms and conditions would have to be arranged EsportPath management before the match.

1.5. Internal Texts

All text written in either protest, complaints, feedback, or written by the administrators to members of certain teams or tournaments, cannot be published without the express permission of EsportPath.

1.6. Language

The official language is English. All players should be able to communicate in English.

2. Fraud/deception

EsportPath and its stakeholders are entrusted to deal with issues of common interest – in particular, the threat that match manipulation and betting fraud and other integrity challenges pose to esports, privacy, and marketing.

2.1. Deception

The attempt to deceive EsportPath and or players and or teams with wrong or fake statements, information or data will not be tolerated and reported to authorities.

2.2. Other unauthorized offences

Including but not limited to the abusing of bugs on the website.

These penalties are at the discretion of the responsible admin and are penalized according to severity.

2.3. Cheating

All forms of cheating in matches are forbidden and will be penalized. Players found cheating will be managed under the guidelines and policies. By breaking any rule, a player risks being barred or completely excluded from the event or future event. This also includes their team.

The use of programs (or “hacks”) or other methods to circumvent, modify or in any way manipulate Anticheat is forbidden. Any use of such programs or methods will be punished as cheating.

2.3.1. Cheating Sanctions

Disqualification from the tournament results voided, forfeiture of prize money, ban between 2 years and lifetime depending on age and level of player and nature/size of tournament and how the player cheated. Cheating at a professional level (i.e. where qualification for a professional event is at stake) should normally result in a 5-year ban, but, in aggravating circumstances, can result in a lifetime ban.

2.4. Match-Fixing/betting fraud

Engaging in any action that improperly influences the outcome of a game or match by any means.

2.5. Doping

Any kind of doping is forbidden.

2.6. Competition manipulation and bribery

Bribing or attempting to bribe a referee or organizer or trying to manipulate the competition.

2.6.1. Competition manipulation and bribery Sanctions

Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification)

2.7. Second and subsequent offences

For second and subsequent offences, participants should expect far harsher sanctions and in all likelihood a lifetime ban from esports.

3. Accounts

3.1. Player

An Account can only be created if the user is at least 15 years old. When registering, each player must provide an up-to-date and correct email address and it is the player’s responsibility to keep this up-to-date. To play in a ladder, a method of contact must be available and visible to all users in your player profile.

3.1.1. Multi accounts

Each player must only have one account! If a player cannot access their account then they must contact EsportPath explaining in detail the reason for not being able to access the account. Creating and using accounts other than what was allocated is forbidden.

3.1.2. Nicknames, Team Names, and URL Aliases

We reserve the right to edit Nicknames and/or URL aliases if they fail to comply with the following requirements.

Nicknames/aliases are forbidden if they:

  • are protected by third-party rights and the user has no written permission
  • resemble or if they are identical to a brand or trademark, no matter whether it has been

registered or not

  • resemble or if they are identical to a real person other than themselves
  • use names of real products, trademarks, brands or products
  • resemble or if they are identical to the names of EsportPath employees
  • are nonsensical

In addition to the above, any nicknames/team names/aliases that are purely commercial (e.g. product names), defamatory, pejorative, offensive, vulgar, obscene, anti-Semitic, inciting hatred, or offending against good manners are forbidden. Using alternative spelling, gibberish or wrong spelling in order to avoid the requirements mentioned above is illegal. We reserve the right to extend, change, exchange or delete these rules if necessary.

3.1.3. Photo

Players are requested to have their photo clearly showing their face, for adding anything else (graphics, other people, other parts of the body, etc.) please use the logo function. For anything else please use the gallery. Photos with weapons are not allowed!

3.1.6. Account sharing

Each account is strictly personal and cannot be shared with other users and / or other players that don’t have an account. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a ban of up to 6 months.

The original registrant must always be the final user of the account, which cannot be lent or transferred in any case. This will be considered as account sharing or multi-account and pursued according to the rules and policies.

3.2. Teams

A team’s name does not have to be unique, but EsportPath reserve the right to refuse team names with the same or similar names as well-known teams.

Names that are restricted by law will not be accepted and will be deleted and punished with penalty points if found. Also, names that go against all forms of etiquette and good manners will not be accepted.

If a team deletes its account because of a certain amount of active penalty points and registers a new account, the penalty points will be transferred to the new account if the team rejoins the same ladder. Furthermore, 1 additional penalty will be added for the attempted deception.

The logo must represent the team and have some reference to the team’s name or to the team’s short handle. Copyrighted logos or logos which go against etiquette and good manners will not be accepted.

3.2.1. Changing team names

A team can change its name at any time. This also applies when a team is restructured.

Changing a team’s name in order to fool other teams is forbidden. Extremely long names or consistent changing of team names is prohibited and can be punished with penalty points.

3.2.2. Players in team

A player may only play for one team in a tournament. Your team must nominate a Team Leader and assist with registration and internal management of your team.

3.2.3. Sponsors/partnerships

EsportPath administration reserves the right to prohibit or remove teams with sponsors or partners.  Teams are not allowed to promote in any media and or medium, disseminate support any person, product, brand and or trademark.

  1. Penalty points

If a player or team disregards or violates one or more of the rules, this can have various consequences depending on the severity of the offence.

As a rule, the penalty points are deleted after a certain period of time. There are different clearance periods depending on the number of points:

  • 1-2 penalty points: 2 months
  • 3-6 penalty points: 3 months
  • 7 penalty points: 6 months
  • 12 penalty points: 2 years

In addition to penalty points, players and teams may be barred (also known as frozen, locked and barraged) if they have accumulated a certain amount of penalty points EsportPath reserve the right to bar any team or player as per policy and or guidelines offences.

Barred players and their teams will not be permitted to play their match or continue in the competition. EsportPath will nominate a standby team to assume your position in the event to continue the competition.

  1. Participation in prize tournaments & pro qualifiers

Unless otherwise explicitly permitted, it is not allowed for employees/crew/support staff, its subsidiaries or partners, volunteer or contractor staff or employees that are in some way connected to a respective tournament including sponsors, publishers or game developers, to participate in tournaments, qualifications or application/registration to play.

Prize-winning means any tournaments with physical (e.g. hardware) or money prizes that are won from skill and effort. If in doubt, please contact support.

     6. Early Leavers and Reserve List

In the event a team member must leave early, a person with a single entry admission ticket who wishes to substitute in to play may do so.

     7. Penalty Point Catalogue

In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together. Point allocation is up to the discretion of EsportPath.

Unsportsmanlike behaviour
Multiple/Fake accounts Warning and or Removal
Deception Warning and or Removal
Fake match Warning and or Removal
Cheating Warning and or Removal
Fake match media Warning and or Removal
Fake result Warning and or Removal
Non-sportsperson like behaviour Warning and or Removal

In cup and league match default wins are given instead of a match deletion and penalty points.

Teams only get deleted if the team/player violating the rules won the match.

Game Format & Prizes

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Game Mode: Team Deathmatch

Game Duration: 15 Minutes Total

Team members scores will be added together to determine winners (if there is a tie, event organisers will determine match winners and their decision is final with no consultation)

Mice for gameplay will be provided to players. You will not be permitted to bring your own equipment.

All equipment is set as a Standard Operating Environment (SOE). There will be no modifications made to any settings, including but not limited to: Mouse, Resolution, Refresh Rates. Use of macros is forbidden.

You will be sitting with your team as a group with your opponent’s sitting opposite.

Steam logins will be provided, do not use your personal Steam account.

Knockout competition:

First two rounds are knock-out, only winning team’s progress to the next round

Round three winning teams then compete for 1st  and 2nd place in round four, the losers from Round three then playoff in Round four to determine 3rd, and 4th places.

All teams that make it to round three are guaranteed either the win or a place to fourth and prizes.

All registered and attending players will receive a lanyard, selfie at the photo booth and an Expo Pack and opportunity to promote themselves on social media prior, at and after the event.

Winning Teams and its Players will receive:

  • 1st Trophy and a gift voucher to the value of $25 for each team member (5 in total) $125
  • 2nd Trophy and a gift voucher to the value of $20 for each team member (5 in total) $100
  • 3rd Trophy and a gift voucher to the value of $15 for each team member (5 in total) $75
  • 4th Trophy

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https://www.mwlp.com.au/privacy-policy/