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OFFICIAL BLOOD IN THE STREETS (B.I.T.S.) TOURNAMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Last updated June 6, 2017
Competitors and Spectators, BEHOLD! We present to you the Official Tournament Terms and Conditions (“Official Rules”) governing the Blood in the Streets (B.I.T.S.) 2017 series of competitive events (“Tournament”) brought to you by FirstBlood Technologies, Inc. (“FIRSTBLOOD”).
These Official Rules set forth the terms and conditions for participating in the Tournament, including the official gameplay rules. All Players and Teams, as defined below, must comply with the rules and restrictions described in these Official Rules, and shall be subject to its terms, including, without limitation, the Code of Conduct and the Player Release.
We implore you to read and review these Official Rules, including the Tournament Rules, before registering for the Tournament, and again immediately prior to your first Game. Please be advised that these terms are subject to change, as determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. In the event of changes to the Official Rules or Tournament Rules, updates will be provided via the Tournament website, and as otherwise communicated by the Tournament Organizers.
FIRSTBLOOD maintains final ruling on any Tournament related disputes that may arise. Any matters of consequence not outlined in this document may be addressed by FIRSTBLOOD at the time of incident, and all rulings are considered final.
The Tournament structure is comprised of multiple components featuring the Dota 2 (“Video Game”) from Valve Corporation. FIRSTBLOOD does not own Dota 2, nor are we licensed by Valve Corporation to use their copyrights or trademarks. The Tournament operates under a double elimination bracket format, with a separate qualifying bracket which shall be a single elimination competition, with the winner earning an entry into the main double elimination Tournament. All matches shall take place online.
2. Competition Format
2.1. Schedule Overview
2.1.1. The People's Choice Qualifier
● October 16th - October 29th, 2017
Social Media Qualification
o Top eight (8) Teams, ranked in descending order by number of entries earn on their respective gleam.io campaigns, earn a seed in the main event.
2.1.2. The Main Tournament Bracket
● November 6th - November 12th, 2017
*Subject to change pending availability of all relevant Teams.
2.2. Program Structure
The Tournament contains online components including the People's Choice Qualifier and the Main Tournament Bracket. The Tournament concludes with the Grand Final.
2.3 People's Choice Qualifier
The People's Choice Qualifier consists of potential participants engaging in a gleam.io based social media campaign to garner support for their squad. From the total pool of registrants, eight (8) Teams selected at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD from among online entries and social media campaign results. The eight (8) selected Teams shall be allowed to compete in the main event. Eligibility for the People’s Choice Qualifier is at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD from among online entries and social media campaign results.
2.3.1. Registration and Selection
Teams must apply through https://bits.firstblood.io. Incomplete or invalid applications will not be considered for competitive play. Registration closes 23:59 US ET October 29th, 2017. FIRSTBLOOD will select eight (8) Team entries in their sole discretion. Criteria for making these selections may include: (i) social media campaign responses, (ii) in-game Team performance, and (iii) individual player performance. If any Team selected by FIRSTBLOOD in the People's Choice Qualifier cannot meet the requirements to participate, FIRSTBLOOD reserves the right to insert a replacement Team at their sole discretion.
2.5 The Main Event
The Main Event an invitational Competition featuring eight (8) Teams from North America and South America. All eight (8) Teams will be selected through the People's Choice Qualifier.
Teams from each region are eligible to receive invitations based on the following criteria.
Eight (8) Teams from North and South America will be invited at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD, based on the results of the People's Choice Qualifier.
Teams are expected to have, at minimum a roster of five (5) individuals, who are able to attend/participate the dates of the
Tournament listed above.
No more than two (2) stand-in or substitute players may be used in any match.
A total of eight (8) Teams from North and South America will be invited to play in the Main Tournament Bracket based on the criteria listed above. The Competition will occur in a Double-Elimination bracket, as described below. All games played will be Best of Three, except the Grand Final, which shall be a Best of Five match.
Selection priority will be determined by a coin toss using the /flip command in the Dota 2 lobby. Odd numbered rounds shall be determined by a coin toss, while even numbered rounds will alternate from the preceding round.
18.104.22.168. Third Place
The loser of the final match in the lower bracket shall be declared the third place winner of the Tournament. The winner of the final match of the lower bracket shall advance to the Grand Final.
22.214.171.124. Grand Final
The winner of the upper bracket and the winner of the lower bracket shall compete in the Grand Final. The Grand Final shall be a Best of Five (5) match.
Selection priority for the first game in the series shall go to the Team advancing from the upper bracket, with subsequent games proceeding as normal.
The Winner of the Grand Final shall be the win first place in the Tournament, the loser of the Grand Final shall win second place in the Tournament.
126.96.36.199 Graphical Representation of the Main Tournament Bracket
Best-of-X - means a series has X number of matches and the Team that wins a majority of the matches is declared the winner. Best of X can also be expressed as BoX. Once a Team obtains minimum number of match wins to determine the winner the series immediately ends and any remaining matches are not played. For example, if a Team wins 2 matches in a Best- of-3 series that Team is immediately declared the winner. Likewise if a Team wins 3 matches in a Best of 5 series, that Team is immediately declared the winner.
Competition - a category of competitive gameplay for the Video Game, as described in Section 1, above.
Grand Final – the final match of the Tournament, taking place on June 21, 2017. Winner of the Grand Final is the first place finisher, the loser of the Grand Final is the second place finisher.
Main Tournament Bracket – The double elimination Tournament bracket consisting of eight Teams, with an upper bracket and a lower bracket.
Match - a single game play event, a number of which shall constitute a series between Teams, as described in Section 13, below.
North America - The Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominica, Jamaica, Mexico, the United States of America (including Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands).
People's Choice Qualifier – A social media based event where competitors can register to compete using social media to gain entry into the Main Event. There will be eight (8) winners selected at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD gaining entry into the Main Event.
Player - each individual who is eligible for the Tournament, and elects to participate
in the Tournament. All references to “Player” shall include the Playerʼs parent or legal guardian if the Player is a Minor.
Prize – any item of monetary value or monetary amount presented to a Player or Team related to their participation in the Tournament.
Selection Priority - in a Dota 2 game, is the ability to take first preference of either The Radiant or Dire, or First or Second Pick.
South America – Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
Team - a group of Players who compete in the Tournament together as a unit. A
description of Team requirements is provided in the Eligibility provision, below.
Team Captain - a self selected representative of a Team that may complete actions on behalf of the Team, such as communicating side preferences.
Tournament - the official FIRSTBLOOD Blood in the Streets (B.I.T.S.) Tournament, and all applicable online and offline components.
Tournament Entities - FIRSTBLOOD, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, vendors, agents, representatives, and the employees, officers, and directors of each such entity or organization.
Tournament Organizers - FIRSTBLOOD, and its agents and representatives managing the
Winner – Anyone granted a Prize in the Tournament.
Other terms are capitalized within the document, and each capitalized term shall have the meanings ascribed to them in such provisions.
Eligibility for the Tournament is at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD. Any Team roster containing any Player known to be banned from participation in any esport event is expressly ineligible to participate in the Tournament.
The Tournament is open to all legal residents of North and South America 18 years old and older as of November 6th, 2017. All Players who are at least 18 years old, but under the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they live (a “Minor”) must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to apply to and participate in the Tournament. Additional proof of parental consent and parent or legal guardian accompaniment may be required.
Individuals must be resident in one of the official countries in their specific region (North or South America), and all Teams must be comprised of Players from official countries in that region (North or South America, as the case may be). All Players and Teams must be able to provide proof of eligibility (including proof of residency, and tax form information), as reasonably requested by Tournament Organizers.
FIRSTBLOOD together with the other Tournament Organizer companies, and their respective employees, directors and officers, and their immediate families (spouses and
siblings, parents and children and their spouses) and those of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, vendors, agents, representatives and any entity involved in the implementation, execution, prizing and prize fulfillment of the Tournament, are not eligible to participate in the Tournament without express written permission by FIRSTBLOOD; nor are governmental officials of any of the qualifying nations.
The Tournament is comprised entirely of Teams. Individuals may only participate in one Team at a time throughout the Tournament. A Team must have a minimum of five (5) Players to be eligible for the Tournament. If a Team becomes ineligible at any point during the Tournament, they may be disqualified from competition at the discretion of the Tournament Organizer. Teams may also consist of supportive members, such as coaches or owners who do not compete.
Players must supply their own equipment, internet connectivity, and any and all permissions to access the Videogame, including, without limitation, a validly acquired copy of the Videogame and access levels to the Dota 2 game servers, as applicable. Any exceptions or exclusions to the eligibility section must be agreed in writing by FIRSTBLOOD.
5. How To Apply
To apply for the Tournament, visit https://bits.firstblood.io/ . Certain information about you, as a Player, will be recorded for the purpose of administering and fulfilling the Tournament, and such information may be disclosed to third parties (including FIRSTBLOOD, and other Tournament Organizers, fulfillment houses, etc.) as reasonably required to do so. This information will be stored and used in accordance with the FIRSTBLOOD Terms
6. Player Participation Releases
By participating in a Tournament, you, as a Player, hereby grant to FIRSTBLOOD and its Tournament Organizers, permission to record, videotape and photograph the Player’s voice, name (including Player name, username, avatar, gamertag or equivalent), image, likeness and to use such recordings, images and information, as well as Player’s biographical information (“Player Information”), for all purposes in connection with the Tournament, including, without limitation, recording and exhibiting Tournament gameplay, presenting and/or otherwise displaying Tournament results on the Tournament website and other online and offline destinations; recording, tabulating, presenting and/or otherwise displaying gameplay information pertaining to Player and Player’s Team’s performance.
All Player Information, including images, audio recordings, databases of information, bracket information, etc., made in connection with the Tournament will be owned by FIRSTBLOOD, which it may use, license, transfer or assign, in its sole discretion. Player grants to FIRSTBLOOD and each of its designees, the right to use, edit, adapt, post, stream, copy, display, perform, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise exploit Player Images and the Player Information, including any names, likenesses, voice, conversation, biography and any other attributes of Playerʼs personality and appearance, individually or with others, in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with other material, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity (except for residents of France, which will expire within 5 years from date of participation) throughout the world, for the purpose of trade, advertising, promotion or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, without additional compensation, consideration, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.
7. Agreement to the Official Rules
By participating in the Tournament, you, as a Player, fully and unconditionally accept these Official Rules (including the Tournament Rules, which are the rules of gameplay for the Tournament itself), which are final and binding in all matters related to the Tournament. Receipt of any Prize is contingent upon Playerʼs compliance with all of these Official Rules and satisfactory completion of any and all documentation necessary to effectuate payment (including tax forms or equivalent, as required by law). VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
8. Code of Conduct
All Players are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and maintain respect for one another and for all Tournament staff, including FIRSTBLOOD, Tournament Organizers, their staff, agents and representatives, and spectators. Any Player behaving inappropriately, or not competing in compliance with these Official Rules (including the Tournament Rules), may be immediately disqualified from the Tournament and forfeit all potential Prizes. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
● Swearing, screaming or threats
● Cheating of any sort through any means
● Intentionally delaying or slowing gameplay
● Any other known or unknown manner of tampering with gameplay
● Offensive, vulgar or obscene usernames, avatars or Team names
● Sexism, ageism, racism or any other form of prejudice or bigotry
● Engaging in any activity which is deemed by Tournament Organizers to be immoral, disgraceful, or contrary to conventional standards of proper ethical behavior.
● Any other type of conduct deemed inappropriate at FIRSTBLOOD’s sole discretion Players agree to be bound by the decisions of the Tournament Organizers, which shall be final and binding in all respects. The Tournament Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the type, process, or operation of the Tournament, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules. Further, the Tournament Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to ban infringing players from any future Tournament event organized by Tournament Organizers, if deemed necessary.
CAUTION: ANY DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR EQUIPMENT, TAMPER WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF A TOURNAMENT MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TOCOOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO IT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
The Tournament will award Ten Thousand US Dollars ($10,000 USD) at the Tournament in total. Comprised of Five Thousand US Dollars ($5,000 USD) the first place finishing Team, Three Thousand US Dollars ($3,000 USD) for the second place Team and Two Thousand US Dollars ($2,000 USD) for the third place Team. The Prizes will be awarded directly by FIRSTBLOOD, subject to FIRSTBLOOD’s receipt of satisfactory documentation (described below) to enable payment. Tournament Organizer reserves the right to distribute additional Prizes at their sole discretion.
9.1. Prize Breakdown Table
Prize Money (USD)
10. General Prize Restrictions
Winners shall be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and any required payment information and tax forms (“Winner Forms”) in order to receive payment. Within thirty (30) days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms, FIRSTBLOOD shall deliver to Winner the applicable Prize(s). Failure to take delivery of any Prize may result in forfeiture, and such prize awarded to an alternate Winner. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned until after a Winner has complied with all his or her obligations under these Official Rules. No substitutions may be made for Prize(s), except by FIRSTBLOOD, who reserves the right to substitute a Prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended
prize is not available for any reason as determined by FIRSTBLOOD in its sole discretion. By participating in a Tournament, Winner acknowledges that Tournament Entities have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the Prizes. Winner will be responsible for all taxes (including but not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on any Prize won and on the value of any items or value transferred to the Player by FIRSTBLOOD, and will be required to provide his/her Social Security number, IRS Form W 8BEN, IRS Form W 9, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes
(at a time to be determined in FIRSTBLOOD’s sole discretion, and which may be prior to participation is a particular round or prior to receipt of any Prize by Player). FIRSTBLOOD will file an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent tax withholding documentation for the retail value of any Prize or other items of value transferred to the Player by FIRSTBLOOD in accordance with IRS requirements, and FIRSTBLOOD may also share such documentation with a state
or local government agency as required by law. Refusal or failure of a Winner to
satisfy the requirements of all necessary and appropriate tax, withholding or other required compliance terms (including Social Security number, IRS Form W 8BEN, IRS Form W 9, or equivalent information), as determined by FIRSTBLOOD in its sole discretion, will result in the Winner forfeiting the Prize(s) and an alternate Winner being selected in accordance with these Official Rules. FIRSTBLOOD will award Prizes subject to any applicable withholding taxes, and the amount of the Prize transferred, as reduced by any applicable withholding taxes, will constitute full payment of the Prize. Winners who do not claim the Prize, or satisfy the information or documentation requirements within 6 months of the close of the Tournament or such earlier time as designated by FIRSTBLOOD, are void, and the Tournament Organizers shall have no further liability or responsibility to such Player(s) in connection with the Prizes.
11. Limitations of Liability
TOURNAMENT ENTITIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, WITH REGARD TO THE VIDEOGAME SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT, OPERATION OF THE TOURNAMENT, OR PRIZING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, AND THEIR EQUIVALENTS, UNDER
THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
Tournament Entities shall not be responsible for any of the following:
● (i) incorrect or inaccurate information whether caused by users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in a Tournament or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of a Playerʼs registration or gameplay;
● (ii) any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access which may result in alteration of gameplay or game results;
● (iii) any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers or providers, equipment, or software, including any injury or damage to Player resulting from participation in a Tournament;
● (iv) injuries or losses to Playerʼs person or property arising or resulting from participation in a Tournament;
● (v) any acts or omissions by Tournament Entities or their employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the Tournament;
● (vi) any equipment or software malfunction; or
● (vii) the inability to complete a Game due to any technical malfunction.
Tournament Organizers, at their sole discretion, may require the replaying of any Game, match, or Competition, or declare any of the foregoing null and void by reason of any technical or other system error. If for any reason the Tournament or any
portion thereof is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer
virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other causes beyond the control of Tournament Organizers, which corrupt or affect
the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Tournament or any portion thereof, Tournament Organizers reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Tournament or any portion thereof. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that Tournament Organizers determine, at their sole discretion, that any individual game, match, Competition or Tournament, has been tampered with or that the validity of any game, match, Competition or Tournament has been compromised for any reason, it may eliminate that game, match, Competition or the Tournament, and may conduct the Tournament on the basis of the remaining game, match, Competition and/or Tournament. In the event that any individual is adversely affected in a game, match, Competition or Tournament by any technical or equipment malfunction, Tournament Organizers reserve the right to schedule special game, match, Competition or Tournament among any such competitors so adversely affected. In the event of any cancellation, termination, modification or suspension of the Tournament or any
portion thereof, Tournament Organizers will post a notice promptly on the Tournament website.
BY ENTERING AND PARTICIPATING IN A TOURNAMENT, PLAYER AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS ALL TOURNAMENT ENTITIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, DAMAGES, EXPENSES, COSTS (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYSʼ FEES) AND LIABILITIES (INCLUDING SETTLEMENTS) FOR ANY INJURIES,
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR LOSS OR
DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT, ATTENDANCE AT ANY TOURNAMENT, OR ANY PRIZE. OR ANY OTHER MATTER OR ACTIVITY DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LIBEL, SLANDER, DISPARAGEMENT, DEFAMATION, COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR INFRINGEMENT OF ANY PATENT, COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, TRADE SECRET OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT OF ANY THIRD PARTY. THIS OBLIGATION SHALL CONTINUE BEYOND THE TERM OF THE TOURNAMENT.
These Official Rules are governed by the state and federal laws that apply to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America. Except as otherwise provided herein, any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the operation of the Tournament or otherwise, will be resolved by litigation in the courts located within the County of Suffolk in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, United States of America. You, as a Player, hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue of such courts, will accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to them. Any dispute or claim relating in any way to this Tournament Participation Terms, the Vainglory Summer Season that arises between Player and the Tournament Entities (“Parties”) will be resolved by binding arbitration as described in this paragraph, rather than in court, in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts, except that (a) Player may assert claims in a small claims court if your claims qualify, and (b) either Party may bring suit by submitting to the courts in the aforementioned jurisdiction and waiving such Party’s respective rights to any other jurisdiction to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court
(including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of this agreement or Official Rules as a court would. The Parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, the Parties each waive any right to a jury trial.
13. Tournament Gameplay Rules
These are the FirstBlood Blood in the Street (B.I.T.S.) Official Tournament Rules (“Tournament Rules”) governing the Tournament. The Tournament will be conducted according to the Tournament rules stated below in conjunction with the format described in the Official Rules
Any use of language that is in violation of the Code of Conduct may result in Player bans, match forfeiture, or Team disqualification at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD. All communication should be made through official channels including, but not limited to: In-Game messaging and email.
13.2. Match Settings
All matches are played as 5 vs. 5 in Captain's Mode. If a Team is unable to field five (5) players for a match, that Team will forfeit the match. All matches are played on the US East or Peru servers. In the event of a server issue, all server decisions shall be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Organizer.
All heroes (Dota playable characters) already publicly released may be used for matches.
13.4. Match Procedures
13.4.1. Side Designation/Draft Order/Selection Priority
Prior to the start of a series, for all series EXCEPT the Grand Finale, each Team is designated as either Side Dire or Side Radiant as follows:
· Selection priority for the all odd numbered games in a series (first, third, etc) is decided by a coin toss performed by the Tournament Administrator using the /flip command in lobby chat. The winner of the coin toss shall receive selection priority. The Team losing the coin toss shall receive selection priority in the next game of the series.
· Before each game of a series, the Team with selection priority may either select a side (Radiant or Dire), or a draft order (first or second pick). The Team without selection priority shall receive the option not selected by the Team with selection priority.
· For the Grand Final, selection priority for the first game of the series shall be given to the Team emerging from the upper bracket (winner's bracket). The Team emerging from the lower bracket (loser's bracket) shall receive selection priority in the second game of the series. Selection priority for each subsequent game shall be decided as usual.
13.4.2. Hero Picks and Bans
The Pick / Ban order follows the in-game draft of Captain's mode of Dota 2.
In the event of an unexpected device or connection issue during the draft process, the Team that was in the process of choosing a hero should immediately declare in chat the hero they wish to select. The Tournament Organizer will determine any changes that need to be made to the drafting process to ensure Team equity based on what happened.
13.4.3. Win Conditions
A match is won when a Team destroys the enemy’s ancient, or if the opposing Team surrenders, forfeits, or is disqualified by Tournament Organizers. Tournament Organizers may declare a win for a particular Team based on extraordinary circumstances, at the Tournament Organizers’ discretion.
A substitution is defined as changing a line-up after a match has started. Substitutions may occur in between matches of a series.
13.4.5. Reporting Scores
For all matches, the winning Team is responsible for submitting proof of the match result in the event the Tournament Organizers cannot verify a winner.
13.5. Match Disruptions
All Players are required to ensure a stable internet connection and device when competing in online Tournaments.
For spectated / broadcast games, Tournament Organizers will make best faith efforts to identify if a Player has clearly disconnected from the game or is non- responsive. If a pause is issued due to a disconnect, all Players should remain at their devices prepared to play during a pause. No warning will be given
once a game is about to be unpaused. As soon as a game is unpaused, Players should continue playing. If it appears the issue has not been resolved, the Tournament Organizer may choose to institute a second pause or let the match continue. If a Player is unable to resolve the issue after a pause, the Teams may be required to continue the games at the Tournament Organizer’s discretion. Delays caused by a disconnected Player lasting in excess of three (3) minutes shall automatically result in an unpausing of the match.
A match will not be restarted due to a disconnection unless all Team Captains
From both Teams agree to do so AND there has not been any kills/deaths recorded in the match. Upon restart all hero and map selections must remain the same from the original match.
13.5.2. Selection Timeout
In the event of an intentional draft dodge, selection timeout, or other match disruption, the Player / Team that did not select must immediately declare a hero choice. If the Tournament Organizer determines the incident indicates unsportsmanlike conduct, they may enforce ban restrictions or hero selection limitations at their sole discretion.
13.5.3. Pause Requests
Players may request a pause if that Player is experiencing any technical issue affecting gameplay. Pauses will not be granted when:
● A fight is happening at that moment defined by a Player inflicting damage or a status effect on a member of the opposing Team.
● A Team is in the process of taking a map objective.
● Any other game changing / key situation.
The referee/administrator will grant the pause when they see fit, and a delay before a pause will not be considered valid grounds for a replay/restart of the match.
During a pause, Players must remain seated and in the Video Game application, and may communicate with other Players in the match using equipment provided by Tournament Organizers.
If the game is paused for an unusually long period of time, a referee/administrator has the right to allow the game to be un-paused at their sole discretion.
13.6. Bugs & Exploits
The use or exploitation of bugs and exploits, whether known or unknown, is considered unsportsmanlike behavior, and reflects poorly on the Player, the game, and the Tournament. Players are prohibited from purposefully using game bugs, glitches, or exploits, regardless of whether they provide a perceived or tangible benefit to the Player or Team. If a technical issue arises resulting in a bug/issue with the game play, the Players and Teams are expected to play through the issue. Any changes to the match or outcome will be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Organizer.
13.7. Team Rosters
13.7.1. Team Captains
Each Team must declare one member of their roster to be the Team captain who represents the Team for all official decisions and serves as the main point of contact for the Team.
Teams may only use Players currently on their roster for a match. Rosters must contain a minimum of 5 Players. An individual may not simultaneously be part of more than one roster at a time. All Player accounts must be part of the same in-game Team when applying to be eligible for participation in the Tournament. Teams may have additional Players or accounts on an in-game Team, but only accounts submitted during the application process will be eligible to play in the Tournament.
13.7.3. Player Accounts
Players may only participate or apply to the Tournament with one account. Any Players identified as using duplicate (‘smurf’) accounts or behaving as a ringer on another Team will result in disqualification for all Players and Teams involved. Any account sharing identified during the Tournament will result in Player and Team disqualification. Any Players that receive a temporary or permanent account ban, even if for reasons outside of the Tournament, will be considered ineligible to participate in the Tournament for the duration of their ban.
13.7.4. Team Continuity & Roster Changes
188.8.131.52. People's Choice Qualifier
Players participating on Teams from the People's Choice Qualifier must be on the roster at the time of application. For Teams from the Main Tournament Bracket, only Players that were both on the roster at the time of application, AND are currently on the in-game roster at the time of the Main Tournament Bracket may participate in the Tournament.
184.108.40.206. Roster Additions
Team rosters may not be modified once a Team has applied to participate in the Tournament. Any changes to a Team roster after the application is received or invitation is accepted must be explicitly approved by Tournament Organizers.
220.127.116.11. Roster Lock
Roster lock for the Tournament at the point of a Team's application to participate or on the date they accept an invitation from FIRSTBLOOD.
13.8. Match Obligations
Teams will communicate with their opponents and Tournament Organizers in a designated chatroom during all online stages of the Tournament. A match officially begins when the draft starts. For live events; once a match has officially begun, communication with anyone not designated as playing within the current match — including subs, coaches, managers and analyst — is strictly prohibited and may result in immediate disqualification of the Player(s) or Team.
All Teams must have 5 eligible Players be physically present or in the online match lobby and ready to play 15 minutes before the first match. Teams that do not have 5 eligible Players ready to play within 10 minutes of the match start time may be subject to match forfeiture.
The following will be used as a guideline:
Players may take at most 5 minutes in between matches for a break. Teams not ready after 5 minutes may be subject to match forfeiture at the discretion of Tournament Organizers.
Teams may not forfeit a match without prior authorization from Tournament Organizers and, even with authorization, are subject to further penalties for forfeiting. Potential penalties are outlined in Section 13.21.
Players must provide their own devices for all Tournament play. FIRSTBLOOD will NOT provide backup devices in the case of a hardware failure.
13.9.1. Device Requirements
Players are responsible for keeping their devices charged/powered, connected to the internet, and in a stable and operable state throughout the Tournament.
13.9.2. Version Requirements
All online matches will be played on the current live game environment unless otherwise noted by Tournament Organizers. All Players must natively run the Video Game on their devices (no emulation).
13.10-11. RESERVED FOR FUTURE USE
Any Players found to be cheating will result in an immediate series forfeiture for the Team. All Players and Teams must comply with the Code of Conduct described in the Official Rules.
No Player, coach, Team manager, administrator, broadcaster, or other staff of participating organizations may be involved with gambling or betting on any results of any FIRSTBLOOD match. Tournament or competition. Betting or gambling on any FIRSTBLOOD or Tournament match or competition will result in an immediate disqualification of the organization from the current qualifier and a minimum 6-month ban of the offending Player from FIRSTBLOOD competition.
All Players and Teams are expected to have a vested interest in performing to the peak of their abilities during all Tournament play. If a Player or Team is determined to be colluding or acting in a way to negatively affect or ‘rig’ a match, or play for the performance benefit of another Team in the Tournament, they may, at the sole discretion of FIRSTBLOOD, be disqualified and barred from future entry into the Tournament.
In-game observers are not allowed except for Tournament Organizers, Tournament Organizer personnel, and approved casters associated with Tournament Organizer.
13.16. Team Ownership Restrictions
No owner or manager of a Team, or affiliate of an owner, may own or control, directly or indirectly, or have a direct or indirect financial interest, or be an employee or contractor of, more than one Team in the Tournament. Any buyback provision, right of first purchase, or similar interest in a Team shall be treated as a controlling interest in such Team for the purposes of enforcing ownership restrictions.
13.17-18 RESERVED FOR FUTURE USE
13.19. Names, Logos, and Branding
13.19.1. Team and Player Names
Team and Player names must adhere to the following guidelines:
● Names shall not be offensive, obscene or vulgar, and shall not contain offensive, obscene or vulgar language (as determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion).
● Names may not contain trademarks, tradenames, or equivalent third party intellectual property without approval, such as in the case of a sponsorship.
● Names must remain consistent throughout the Tournament, and may only be changed with approval from Tournament Entities.
Tournament Organizers may ask players to change Team or Player
names for any reason.
13.19.2. Team Logos
Teams participating in the Tournament are required to provide FIRSTBLOOD a logo in .png, .psd, or .ai format (with the latter highly preferred). If a logo is not provided, or deemed not appropriate for broadcast, Tournament Organizers will replace the logo with a standard FIRSTBLOOD logo. Tournament Organizers reserve the right to reject any logo for any reason.
Sponsorship acquisition by Teams is unrestricted in the Tournament. Any sponsorship or branding that is deemed inappropriate or offensive may be required to be covered up at the discretion of Tournament Organizers. Sponsors that fall under the following categories may not be displayed by Teams or Players during the Tournament without express written permission by FIRSTBLOOD.
● Gambling websites or services
● Tobacco products.
● Firearm or ammunition providers
● Alcohol Products
● Pornography or 18+ oriented websites, products, and/or services
● Any other brands or content deemed inappropriate at the discretion of Tournament Organizers
All players must wear appropriate apparel if appearing on camera. Jerseys/uniforms and all other apparel worn at live events are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 13.19 above and may be reviewed at the discretion of Tournament Organizers.
13.21. Rule Violations
If a Player wishes to report a rule violation, it must be done prior to the game starting unless the violation occurred in the middle of a game. Tournament Organizers may report rule violations on behalf of Players. Violating rules of FIRSTBLOOD and the Official Rules may result in punishments for Teams and/or Players. Penalties are issued at the discretion of Tournament Organizers and may include (but are not limited to) the following:
Loss of Points
Loss of Ban
Temporary Player Bans
Loss of Game
Permanent Player Bans
Loss of Match
13.22. Right to Publish
Tournament Entities shall have the right to publish a statement declaring that a Team and/or Player has been penalized. Any Players and/or Team which may be referenced in such declaration hereby waives any right to legal action against FIRSTBLOOD and/or Tournament Entities in connection with such announcement, including, without limitation, causes of action for breach, defamation and/or violations of rights of privacy or publicity.
13.23. Unforeseen Circumstances
These rules are an attempt to insure that the Tournament runs fairly and as smoothly as possible. However, unforeseen circumstances may require a special response, and for that reason the Tournament Organizer reserves the right to change any of the Tournament rules or remove any Player at any time, for any reason, at their sole discretion.
14. Change Log
Major overhaul – incorporating changes
Imported from BITS EU 2017 rules, modified for BITS Americas 2017