OC5 Echo Arena Last Chance Qualifier North America
Last change: 15.09.2018 15:18
These are the rules for the OC5 Echo Arena Last Chance Qualifier North America. We make every effort to ensure the rules are complete and up to date but this may not always be the case. You should also check the Info Page and News for additions, exceptions and modifications that may apply. The rules are a guideline and the decisions by admins may differ from them depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions about the rules, please write a support ticket.
- 1. ECHO ARENA - VR LEAGUE
- 2. Eligibility Requirements
- 2.1. Verifying Eligibility
- 2.1.1. Residency Requirements & Proof
- 184.108.40.206. Proof of Residency - ESL and Oculus Accounts
- 220.127.116.11. Proof of Residency - Photo ID (non-Visa)
- 18.104.22.168. Proof of Residency - Visa
- 2.1.2. Minimum Age Requirements
- 2.1.3. Player Equipment
- 22.214.171.124. Play Area
- 2.1.4. Player Equipment Restrictions
- 2.1.5. Documents
- 2.2. Ineligible Players
- 3. Player and Team Rules and Requirements
- 3.1. Echo Arena VR League
- 3.1.1. Active Roster and Starters
- 126.96.36.199. Active Roster Requirements
- 3.1.2. Locks
- 3.1.3. Team Name and Player Names
- 188.8.131.52. Player Names
- 3.1.4. Team Tags
- 3.1.5. Team Replacement
- 3.1.6. Sponsorships
- 3.1.7. Streaming
- 3.1.8. Internal Texts
- 3.1.9. North America
- 3.1.10. Europe
- 4. League Format and Scheduling
- 4.1. League Schedule
- 4.1.1. North America Weekly Cups
- 184.108.40.206. Weekly Cups Matchup Reveal
- 220.127.116.11. Weekly Cups Match Times & Days
- 18.104.22.168. Weekly Cups Schedule
- 4.1.2. Europe Weekly Cups
- 22.214.171.124. Weekly Cups Matchup Reveal
- 126.96.36.199. Weekly Cups Match Times & Days
- 188.8.131.52. Weekly Cups Schedule
- 4.1.3. North America and Europe Regional Qualifiers
- 184.108.40.206. North America and Europe Last Chance Qaulifier
- 220.127.116.11. North America and Europe World Qualifier Bracket
- 4.1.4. Finals
- 5. OC5
- 6. League Match Format
- 6.1. Weekly Cups - Swiss Format
- 7. Tiebreakers
- 8. Match Structure and Rules
- 8.1. Starting Roster
- 8.2. Scheduling Changes
- 8.3. Online Check-in
- 8.4. Rule Enforcement
- 8.5. Patch
- 8.6. Delay of Match Start
- 8.6.1. Hosting
- 8.7. Game Lobbies
- 8.7.1. Invites
- 9. Echo Arena Game Rules
- 10. Technical Issues
- 11. VR League Prizing
- 11.1. Raffle Conditions
- 11.1.1. Claim Deadline
- 11.1.2. Verifying Eligibility
- 11.1.3. Prizes
- 11.1.4. Exclusions
- 11.1.5. Legal Recourse
- 11.1.6. Reserved Rights
- 11.2. Weekly Cups Prizing
- 11.2.1. First Place
- 11.2.2. Second Place
- 11.2.3. Third Place
- 11.2.4. Fourth Place
- 11.2.5. Fifth Place
- 11.2.6. Sixth Place
- 11.2.7. Seventh Through Eighth Place
- 11.2.8. Ninth Through Sixteenth Place
- 11.2.9. Seventeenth Through Thirtysecond
- 11.3. Eligibility Verification
- 12. Conduct of Players and Team Members
- 12.1. Behavior
- 12.1.1. Reporting Disruptive Behavior
- 12.1.2. Competitive Integrity
- 12.1.3. Illegal and Unethical Conduct
- 12.1.4. Profanity and Hate Speech
- 12.1.5. Disruptive Behavior
- 12.1.6. Unsportsmanlike Behavior
- 12.1.7. Cheating in the VR League
- 12.2. Gambling
- 12.3. Alcohol and Drugs
- 12.4. Interviews and the Media
- 12.5. Restricted Sponsorships
- 13. Disciplinary Action and Penalties
- 13.1. Disciplinary Action
- 13.2. Non-Compliance
- 13.2.1. Subjection to Penalty
- 13.3. Penalties
- 14. Use and Collection of Your Brand Materials and Personal Data
- 14.1. License to Use Your Brand Materials
- 14.2. Advertising Materials
- 14.3. Ownership of Advertising Materials, Feedback, Stats, and Suggestions
- 14.4. Collection of Personal Data
- 15. General Release
- 16. Miscellaneous
- 16.1. General (But Important) Terms and Conditions
- 17. Glossary
- 18. Dispute Resolution
1. ECHO ARENA - VR LEAGUE
These Echo Arena VR League Official Rules (“Official Rules”) govern the grounds for and competitive play of Echo Arena in the Echo Arena VR League (“League”). These Official Rules establish the rules of League play, including rules governing player eligibility, League structure, Active Rosters, Teams, prize awards, sponsorships, and the conduct of players and other Team Members. These Official Rules also contain limitations on liability, license grants, a requirement for you to arbitrate disputes, a waiver of bringing claims in a class format and other legally binding contract terms. You are required to read and understand these Official Rules before you can participate in the VR League. You must accept these Official Rules in order to participate as a Player and Team Member in the League, and you must abide by these Official Rules in order to remain eligible to play in the League and receive prizes. We make every effort to ensure the rules are complete and up to date but this may not always be the case. You should also check the Info Page and News for additions, exceptions, and modifications that may apply. The rules are a guideline and the decisions by ESL Administration Staff may differ from them depending on the circumstances. If you have any questions about the rules, please submit an ESL support ticket.
1.2. Acceptance of the Official Rules
- You indicate your acceptance to these Official Rules if you enter and participate in any game
or match that is part of the VR League.
- If you are under the legal age of majority in your jurisdiction of residence, but over the age of
thirteen (13) as of the commencement of the League (a “Minor”), your parent or legal guardian must accept these Official Rules on your behalf.
- If you (or your parent or legal guardian, if you are a Minor) do not accept these Official Rules,
you may not participate in the League. If you are a Player and you do not meet the Eligibility Requirements in Section 1 below, you are not considered an Eligible Participant and may not participate in the League.
1.3. Applicability of the Official Rules
- These Official Rules govern competitive play of Echo Arena during the VR League.
- These Official Rules are in addition to the Oculus Terms of Service Agreement applicable to
- There is a Glossary of terms at the back of these Official Rules that explains key terms in
greater detail. The Glossary is an important part of these Official Rules.
- If you or a member of your Team violates these Official Rules or Terms, you may be subject
to game forfeitures, prize forfeitures, disciplinary action, and legal claims, as explained below.
- If any part of these Official Rules is declared unenforceable or invalid, the remainder will
continue to be valid and enforceable.
- In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between disclosures or other statements
2. Eligibility Requirements
OCULUS VR, LLC (“OCULUS”) IS THE SPONSOR (“SPONSOR”) OF THIS LEAGUE. OCULUS, TURTLE ENTERTAINMENT GMBH (“ESL”), AND READY AT DAWN LLC (“READY AT DAWN”) ARE THE VR League ORGANIZERS (COLLECTIVELY, “LEAGUE ORGANIZERS”). THE LEAGUE IS OPEN ONLY TO PLAYERS WHO: (I) HAVE AN ACTIVE OCULUS ACCOUNT AND ESL ACCOUNT, BOTH IN GOOD STANDING WITH A VALID EMAIL ADDRESS; (II) OWN OR HAVE ACCESS TO THE LONE ECHO GAME OR ECHO ARENA VIDEO GAME (“GAME”) AND MEET THE PLAYER EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS AS DEFINED IN SECTION 1.2.; (III) WHO, AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY, ARE OVER THE LEGAL AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP, OR WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN; (IV) ARE A LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OR CANADA, AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, ICELAND, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, POLAND, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, OR UNITED KINGDOM; (V) ARE A NATURAL PERSON (I.E., NOT A CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY) WHO IS THE SAME INDIVIDUAL WHO REGISTERED THE OCULUS ACCOUNT AND ESL ACCOUNT, UNLESS THEY ARE USING AN OCULUS ACCOUNT OR ESL ACCOUNT REGISTERED BY THEIR PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN (“PLAYERS”). IF ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN SECTION 1 IS MET, THE PLAYER IS CONSIDERED AN “ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT” (ELIGIBILITY IS NOT GUARANTEED AND MAY BE REVOKED AT ANY TIME).
THE VR League IS VOID OUTSIDE OF THE ELIGIBILITY AREA AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
2.1. Verifying Eligibility
2.1.1. Residency Requirements & Proof
If you want to participate in the VR League as a Player, you must provide ESL with proof that you are a legal resident of one of the Eligible Countries identified in Section 1 above.
For the purposes of the VR League, a “resident” is a participant who has resided in an Eligible Country for at least six consecutive months prior to the first League match.
If you have any questions about the residency requirements, please submit an ESL support ticket and ESL can begin the verification process. ESL’s decisions as to residency are final and binding.
18.104.22.168. Proof of Residency - ESL and Oculus Accounts
In order to prove residency, you must provide ESL with an ESL Account for verification purposes, and the country of residence of your ESL Account and Oculus Account must be one of the Eligible Countries set forth above. Your Oculus ID must match the tag of your public persona and ESL Administration Staff must pre-approve your Oculus ID before you can enter the League, and you are not eligible to change the approved Oculus ID until the end of the League. All Players on a Team’s roster must legally reside in the Eligible Countries represented by the region they’re competing in (see Section 2.1.10 and 2.1.11).
22.214.171.124. Proof of Residency - Photo ID (non-Visa)
You will be required to provide ESL with a copy of a valid photo ID with a current address within your country of residence. Examples of acceptable and unacceptable identification are outlined below:
|Photo ID Requirements|
|Acceptable Forms of ID||Unacceptable Forms of ID|
|Government-issued driver’s license||Expired identification|
|Military photo identification card||School photo identification card|
|Passport||Gym membership card|
|Health card with photo||Library card|
|Voter registration card with photo||Public transportation cards|
|National identity card with photo||Private ID cards|
126.96.36.199. Proof of Residency - Visa
A non-citizen participant claiming residency status must submit a copy of their passport along with a valid visa for the applicable country for evaluation by ESL. The visa must be acquired no less than six (6) months before the start of the Echo Arena VR League. Examples of acceptable identification for visa purposes are: Professional athlete visas, work visas, and student visas. Examples of forms of identification that are not acceptable for visa purposes are: Expired visas, working holiday visas, and general tourist/visitor visas.
2.1.2. Minimum Age Requirements
You may participate in the VR League if you have reached the age of majority in your jurisdiction of permanent legal residence at the time of entry.
If you are under the age of majority in your jurisdiction of permanent legal residence, but over the age of thirteen (13) at the time of entry into the VR League, you may still enter the VR League and participate as a Player if you otherwise meet all of the eligibility criteria set in these Official Rules AND one of your parents or legal guardians reads and accepts these Official Rules on your behalf. If you win any prize(s), the prize(s) will be awarded in the name of your parent or legal guardian.
188.8.131.52. Parents and Legal Guardians
If you are a Minor, in addition to your parents or legal guardians reading and accepting the rules, it is important to keep them informed of your participation in the VR League. Should you qualify for the VR League Offline Events (Oculus Connect 4, ESL One Hamburg, or for the Grand Finals), your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must be involved in assisting with travel and accompanying you to the offline event, signing waivers, and any additional communication as deemed necessary by the ESL Administration Staff. ==Player Equipment Requirements==
2.1.3. Player Equipment
Players must have access to the Internet and supply their own equipment needed to participate in the League, including, without limitation, computer and monitors, controllers, headphones and headsets, cables, a play mat, and a copy of or authorized access to the Game and valid access to the game servers that will be used, as applicable (collectively, “Player Equipment”).
184.108.40.206. Play Area
The area in which players must stay within the bounds of while playing the Game (the “Play Area”) should be no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet (1.22 meters by 1.22 meters); this will also be the Play Area size at offline events, but is subject to change to accommodate the venue and stage. Players are permitted to walk to the edge of these boundaries, but stepping outside of bounds is forbidden and may result in a warning or penalty by ESL Administration Staff. Players may reach beyond these boundaries as long as their feet remain within the Play Area. It is recommend that each Player acquire a play mat (equipment example) that meets the Play Area regulation size to assist in training to remain in-bounds.
2.1.4. Player Equipment Restrictions
During League play Players may not bring, use, or wear any headsets, earbuds, microphones or other Player Equipment other than those approved of or provided by the ESL Administration Staff. Player Equipment that is suspected by the ESL Administration Staff of providing an unfair competitive advantage will not be approved for use. At their discretion, the ESL Administration Staff may disallow the use of any individual piece of Player Equipment for reasons related to League security, operational efficiency, or effectiveness.
Each Player is responsible for obtaining any visas or other travel documentation needed to participate in the League and the costs thereof shall be borne by the Player or their Team.
2.2. Ineligible Players
ESL, Oculus, and Ready At Dawn directors, officers and employees, their respective parents, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, “Released Parties”), governmental officials of any Eligible Country, and immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win any prizes in this League. All applicable laws and regulations apply.
3. Player and Team Rules and Requirements
3.1. Echo Arena VR League
The Echo Arena VR League is a team-based competition. Teams are comprised of three (3) Eligible Participants: Three (3) starting Players compete as part of a team (“Team(s)”) to play Echo Arena in both online and offline events (“League Events”). No Player may be associated with more than one Team in the League. No more than three (3) Eligible Participants are permitted per Team. For clarification and the removal of doubt, these Official Rules do not govern Team relationships. The terms of the relationship between Players and their respective Teams are left to each of the Teams and their Players. But please note that disputes between Team members may be grounds for disqualifying the applicable Team or any of its Team members, as determined by the ESL Administration Staff in their sole discretion.
3.1.1. Active Roster and Starters
The three (3) Eligible Participants who are designated as Starters to play for the Team in the League will be considered the “Active Roster” (“roster”). Any organization or business entity, including its affiliates, (e.g., Corporation, LLC, LLP, etc.) may only have one Active Roster per region (Europe, North America).
220.127.116.11. Active Roster Requirements
The Team’s roster must consists of Players who legally reside in the Eligible Countries represented by the region they’re competing in (see Section 2.1.10 and 2.1.11).
18.104.22.168. Weekly Cups
Each Team must sign up and hold a minimum of three (3) Starters on their Active Roster for each League match played. Teams must sign up for each Weekly Cup prior to check in (which occurs 30 minutes before start time) to be eligible for play per individual Weekly Cup. All rosters submitted at check in time are considered final once registration closes and no roster changes will be accepted.
Failure to sign up a complete Active Roster by the time of match check-in may result in a match forfeit.
Teams that qualify for the Finals will not be allowed to change any of their Team Members between the start of the World Qualifiers and the end of the Finals.
3.1.3. Team Name and Player Names
22.214.171.124. Team Names Team names must be deemed appropriate by the ESL Administration Staff. The ESL Administration Staff reserves the right to ask Teams to change their Team name or to directly change Team names that are seen as unfit.
Team names do not have to be unique, however, the ESL Administration Staff reserves the right to deny Teams with the same name or a similar name as a well-known team (e.g., “Immortals” when not the official Immortals esports team, or two teams with similar names such as “Echo Commando” and “Echo Kommando”).
Team names that are restricted by law are not acceptable; Team names that violate this will be force-changed by the ESL Administration Staff and penalty points will be applied to the Team. Copyrighted names will not be accepted.
A Team can change its name at any time. This also applies when a team is restructured. Changing the Team name with the purpose of deceiving others is forbidden. Team names may be denied at any time that may not reflect the professional standards of the League. Affected teams will be required to submit and play under another approved name.
126.96.36.199. Player Names
Players’ Oculus IDs must be deemed appropriate by ESL Administration Staff and Oculus. Oculus reserves the right to ask Players to change their Oculus ID or to directly change Oculus IDs that are seen as unfit for the League. ESL Administration Staff may also insert a Player’s Team name as a part of the Player’s Oculus ID to enhance the viewing experience for fans.
3.1.4. Team Tags
Teams must submit a tag of 2-6 characters. This tag may be used in-game or in broadcast materials. Team tags must be submitted to the ESL Administration Staff for approval. Copyrighted tags or tags which go against etiquette and good manners will not be accepted. ===Team Logos=== Team logos must be approved by the ESL Administration Staff. Team logos must represent the team and have some reference to the Team’s name or to the Team’s tag. Copyrighted logos or logos which go against etiquette and good manners will not be accepted. Team logos may be denied at any time. Affected teams will be required to submit and play under another approved logo.
3.1.5. Team Replacement
A team that disbands will be automatically disqualified from the League. The next highest ranked Team in the region will replace the disqualified team (“Replacement Team”).
- The Replacement Team does not take the match record from the disqualified Team.
- The record from the disqualified Team will be wiped from the Teams still
participating in the League.
- Depending on the circumstances ESL, at its sole discretion, may decide to overrule
the Roster restrictions.
Teams can freely acquire sponsors but must follow ESL’s restrictions regarding sponsorships (see Section 9.7).
ESL reserves the exclusive broadcast rights to the coverage of designated ESL matches. This includes all forms of transmission, including IRC Bots, Shoutcast-streams, HLTV and ESL-TV Broadcasts. ESL grants non-exclusive coverage rights to any third parties or players themselves to all matches not being broadcast by ESL. The ESL 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 with the ESL management before the match.
In general, the ESL will contact any player or team if they wish to broadcast one of their matches. If no contact is made, Players may stream any portion of the Echo Arena VR League in which they are participating if the content of that stream is delayed by at least 1 minutes. Should the game take place on a server that ESL administrators have no direct access to, it must be made sure that enough slots are available for the according clients.
3.1.8. Internal Texts
All texts written in either protest or support tickets, or written by the ESL Administration Staff to applicants, Players, or Teams of the VR League, cannot be published without the permission of the ESL.
3.1.9. North America
The North American Region will be made up of Teams from the United States and Canada (“Eligible Countries”).
The Europe Region will be made up of Teams from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom (“Eligible Countries”).
4. League Format and Scheduling
4.1. League Schedule
The schedule that corresponds to each League phase is outlined throughout this Section (such period referred to herein as the “League Period” ). The League has three League Periods: Weekly Cups, World Qualifiers, and Finals.
4.1.1. North America Weekly Cups
188.8.131.52. Weekly Cups Matchup Reveal
Teams will receive their scheduled matchup each Sunday of the Weekly Cups, after Team check-in has completed and the bracket is automatically generated. It can take up to 30 minutes for the bracket to be generated, at which point matches can begin.
184.108.40.206. Weekly Cups Match Times & Days
By default, the North America Weekly Cups match date is every Sunday. The start time is to be determined and will be revealed prior to the first Weekly Cups event. ESL Administration Staff may, at its sole discretion and determination, provide an alternate match schedule for Sundays.
220.127.116.11. Weekly Cups Schedule
- North America Week #1 - May 20th, 2018
- North America Week #2 - May 27th, 2018
- North America Week #3 - June 3rd, 2018
- North America Stage Final #1 - June 10th, 2018
- North America Week #4 - June 17th, 2018
- North America Week #5 - June 24th, 2018
- North America Week #6 - July 1st, 2018
- North America Stage Final #2 - July 8th, 2018
- North America Week #7 - July 22nd, 2018
- North America Week #8 - July 29th, 2018
- North America Week #9 - August 5th, 2018
- North America Stage Final #3 - August 12th, 2018
- North America Week #10 - August 26th, 2018
- North America Week #11 - September 2nd, 2018
- North America Cut - August 20th, 2018
By the August 20th, 2018 the Top 2 Teams from each Region will be competing for the World Championship.
4.1.2. Europe Weekly Cups
18.104.22.168. Weekly Cups Matchup Reveal
Teams will receive their scheduled matchup each Sunday of the Weekly Cups, after Team check-in has completed and the bracket is automatically generated. It can take up to 30 minutes for the bracket to be generated, at which point matches can begin.
22.214.171.124. Weekly Cups Match Times & Days
By default, the Europe Weekly Cups match date is every Sunday. The start time is to be determined and will be revealed prior to the first Weekly Cups event. ESL Administration Staff may, at its sole discretion and determination, provide an alternate match schedule for Sundays.
126.96.36.199. Weekly Cups Schedule
- Europe Week #1 - May 20th, 2018
- Europe Week #2 - May 27th, 2018
- Europe Week #3 - June 3rd, 2018
- Europe Stage Final #1 - June 10th, 2018
- Europe Week #4 - June 17th, 2018
- Europe Week #5 - June 24th, 2018
- Europe Week #6 - July 1st, 2018
- Europe Stage Final #2 - July 8th, 2018
- Europe Week #7 - July 22nd, 2018
- Europe Week #8 - July 29th, 2018
- Europe Week #9 - August 5th, 2018
- Europe Stage Final #3 - August 12th, 2018
- Europe Week #10 - August 26th, 2018
- Europe Week #11 - September 2nd, 2018
- Europe Cut - August 20th, 2018
By the August 20th, 2018 the Top 2 Teams from each Region will be competing for the World Championship.
4.1.3. North America and Europe Regional Qualifiers
188.8.131.52. North America and Europe Last Chance Qaulifier
- ESL Play - August 14-15th, 2018
184.108.40.206. North America and Europe World Qualifier Bracket
- ESL Play - August 18th-19th, 2018
- Oculus Connect 5
5.1. Qualification Path
- 12th August - Stage 3 Finals* (Top 2* go to World Finals Qualifiers) - Broadcast
- 13th August Cutoff for the 3 x Stage Finalists [6 Teams in total qualified for World Finals Qualifier]*
- 14th-15th August' Last Chance Qualifier [Open Single Elim Bracket] > 'Top 2 qualifies for the World Finals Qualifier* - Broadcast
- 18th-19th August' World Finals Qualifier [8 team; Closed DE Bracket] > 'Top 2 advances to OC5* - Broadcast
- All dates apply to both EU and NA region
- *Per region
5.2. Format details
4 teams, double-elimination (6 matches); Best of 3; Grand Finals Bo5 with 1-0 lead for winner bracket team
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5.4. Prize money
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6. League Match Format
Participants are responsible for understanding the Game controls and instructions. All matches will be tracked by the Game’s internal scoring and winner determination system and will be deemed the official result for all purposes of this Tournament.
6.1. Weekly Cups - Swiss Format
During the Weekly Cups, Teams will compete against other Teams in their pre-set designated bracket in a Best-of-3 match where each match between two (2) Teams will consist of three (3) games. The Team who wins 2 out of 3 games will be declared the winner of the match. In case of an odd number of Teams with the same standings in a bracket, a random team will be granted a win that week while the remaining Teams are matched against an opposing Team.
6.1.1. Weekly Cups: Week 1
All Teams will be randomly matched up against an opposing Team. Brackets will be generated at the start time of the Weekly Cup; brackets can take up to 30 minutes to be fully generated before Weekly Cup matches can begin.
6.1.2. Weekly Cups: Weeks 2 - 11
Teams will be randomly seeded into one of two swiss brackets each week. Brackets will be generated at the start time of the Weekly Cup; brackets can take up to 30 minutes to be fully generated before Weekly Cup matches can begin.
If two or more Teams accrue the same number of VRL Points at the end of the Echo Arena Online Weekly Cups (“Weekly Cups”), ties will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaking mechanisms.
7.1. Tie Between Two Teams or Three or More Teams
If at least two (2) Teams are tied, Teams shall be ranked by applying the following tiebreakers in order of application: 1. Head-to-Head results from League matches between the tied Teams.
2. Game win percentage in League matches defined as total number of matches won by a Team divided by the total number of matches played by such Team during the League.
3. Total number of League match wins between tied Teams.
4. Calculate the match win percentage for tied Teams by dividing (a) the total number of matches won by a tied Team against: the other tied Teams plus the highest ranked Team that is not a tied Team (“Included Teams”), by (b) the total number of matches played by a tied Team against the Included Teams. If still tied, then the same process will be used, but will also include the second highest ranked Team outside of the tied Team, then the third highest ranked Team outside of the tied team and so forth.
5. If none of the tiebreakers can resolve the tie between three (3) or more Teams, then the Teams will draw lots to determine the winner.
8. Match Structure and Rules
8.1. Starting Roster
Only a Team’s three (3) Players that were signed up by the Weekly Cup sign up deadline and confirmed by ESL Administration Staff at roster lock are eligible to participate in League matches.
8.2. Scheduling Changes
ESL Administration Staff may, at its sole discretion, reorder the schedule of matches within a given day and/or change the date of a match to a different date or otherwise modify the schedule of matches. If the schedule is thus modified, ESL Administration Staff will notify all Teams at the earliest convenience.
8.3. Online Check-in
All members of each Team who are participating in League play must be online and ready to play at the time designated by ESL Administration Staff. This includes a fully updated Game client, Discord readiness, and any other logistics which are required for each Player and Team to participate in League play.
8.4. Rule Enforcement
All rules are open to ESL Administration Staff’s interpretation and they will have final say on any rulings. Rules may be changed by the ESL Administration Staff at any time, but will make all Players and Teams aware before doing so.
Teams must report to ESL Administration Staff any of the following:
Results of a match
Any pauses that may occur during match play along with a reasoning for each pause.
Any rule violations.
All matches will be played on the current Game patch, as available on the live Game servers.
8.6. Delay of Match Start
Players must start within 15 minutes of the assigned match time (or within 15 minutes of the bracket being generated if it is not available at start time). Any delays must be reported immediately to ESL Administration Staff. Penalties, such as forfeit of the match, may be enforced. =Match Settings=
Host will be determined by seed in the Global Ranking if both opponents share the same rank an admin will determine the host by coinflip match by match. Coinflip will be executed and announced in the matchsheet.
8.7. Game Lobbies
“Winner of the coinflip or lower seed” will be responsible for creating a private match.
“Winner of the coinflip or lower seed” will be responsible for inviting the opposing team’s Players to the Echo Arena party and initiating the private match matchup.
9. Echo Arena Game Rules
9.1. Game Restart
In case of a server crash or other unforeseen circumstances, ESL Administration Staff may assess a game restart, which will be communicated to each Team.
Examples may include, but are not limited to:
220.127.116.11. Game Settings
Incorrect Game settings
A server crash
10. Technical Issues
Teams are responsible for any of their own technical issues, including hardware, software, or internet issues. Matches are to be continued as normal if these issues arise.
Any delays due to technical issues have to be reported immediately by support-ticket to ESL
If a player disconnects or has any other issues during an active round that prevents them from continuing, the game will NOT be stopped. The remaining players must continue to play until the next goal is scored by either team. The team with the technical issues can request to pause the game by pressing the restart button after a goal is conceded by either team. The restart button has to be pressed whilst the timer is frozen before the next tube launch. Any restart requests during that time have to be accepted by the other team. If the restart button is not pressed before the countdown has finished and the teams have launched then the game will continue to the next conceded goal. As soon as all players are able to continue, the match will be continued following these steps:
1.The match time will be set to the time that the timer shows after the last goal was scored with an additional 25 seconds added. 2.The score will be added with two points less for the team that scored the last goal. 3.The match will be started and the team that scored the last goal will then score a two-point-goal when the 25 seconds are over.
This is done to ensure that the team, that was scored on last, starts with the disc on their side as it would have been the case if no restart had happened.
If the third player is able to rejoin the match he has to wait till the next goal is scored and another round starts before he is allowed to actively participate in the match again.
If the player is unable to continue to play within a reasonable period of time, the team with technical issues can decide to continue as a 2 vs 3. They will not be forced to forfeit but have the option to do so. If a maximum of 3 restarts is reached forfeiting becomes mandatory.
10.4. Default win
A team is not allowed to start the cup with only 2 players. In that case the other team receive a default win.
Default forfeits due to player technical issues that take too long to resolve will be at an Admin/ESL representatives discretion, this is to prevent unnecessary delays to the tournament.
11. VR League Prizing
Unless otherwise explicitly permitted, it is not allowed for employees of League Organizers, its subsidiaries or partners, or employees that are in some way connected to the VR League including sponsors, publishers or game developers, to participate in prize winning Leagues or qualification for prize winning Leagues.
Prize winning means any Leagues with physical (e.g. hardware) or money prizes. Those prizes will be offered under the raffle conditions, which regulates claiming and receiving prizes. Tournaments with only virtual ESL awards, such as ESL Premium or awards are exempt.
11.1. Raffle Conditions
11.1.1. Claim Deadline
The winners are informed via e-mail or ESL Message. After having received a notice the winner has two weeks to claim the prize. If the winner fails to respond within two weeks any rights to claim the prize may be dismissed.
11.1.2. Verifying Eligibility
The participant is responsible for the the accuracy of their statements, especially for the correctness of their e-mail address. In order to participate it is necessary that all required information is valid, otherwise the participant may be excluded from the raffle. In addition the participant is fully responsible for the shipping address data they provide. The winner agrees that their name and photo may be published.
There is no possibility of claiming an alternate prize or alternate payment of the prize in cash. In addition it is not possible to trade the prize for other items, vouchers or goods. The participation in a raffle is not a contract between the participant and Turtle Entertainment GmbH. If the prize is provided by a third party, Turtle Entertainment GmbH will not be responsible for defects, incorrect prizes or wrong information.
18.104.22.168. Non-Cash Prizes
Payout of prizes in cash is not possible. The winner is responsible to provide Turtle Entertainment valid and correct shipping data. Therefore Turtle Entertainment is not responsible if a parcel wasn't accepted, can't be delivered, gets lost.
22.214.171.124. Cash Prizes
The prize money will be transferred via Paypal or bank transfer. Therefore the winner is responsible to provide valid and correct data. The prize money will be transferred between 4 weeks to 6 months. This date may vary.
Employees of Turtle Entertainment GmbH and all concerned partners and their affiliates are excluded from participation.
11.1.5. Legal Recourse
There is no legal recourse.
11.1.6. Reserved Rights
Turtle Entertainment GmbH reserves the right to cancel or end the lottery at any time and without advanced notice, if an adequate and orderly execution of the lottery is not possible because of technical or legal issues.
11.2. Weekly Cups Prizing
In addition to cash prizes for Teams taking First Place in the Weekly Cups, VR League Points (“VRL Points”) will be distributed for achieving a certain placement. VRL Points will be accumulated in separate North America and Europe rankings until the World Qualifier Bracket. There will be no resets in the ranking until after the Grand Finals has concluded.
11.2.1. First Place
The Team that finishes in First Place in its region will receive 100 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $165 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 165 € per Team
11.2.2. Second Place
The Team that finishes in second Place in its region will receive 70 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $105 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 105 € per Team
11.2.3. Third Place
The Team that finishes in Third Place in its region will receive 45 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $75 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 75 € per Team
11.2.4. Fourth Place
The Team that finishes in Fourth Place in its region will receive 35 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $45 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 45 € per Team
11.2.5. Fifth Place
The Team that finishes in Fifth Place in its region will receive 25 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $30 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 30 € per Team
11.2.6. Sixth Place
The Team that finishes in Fourth Place in its region will receive 15 VRL Points in addition to cash prizes:
- North America Region - $15 USD per Team
- Europe Region - 15 € per Team
11.2.7. Seventh Through Eighth Place
The Teams that finish Seventh through the Eighth place in their region will receive 10 VRL Points. No cash prize is awarded for Fifth through Eighth Place.
11.2.8. Ninth Through Sixteenth Place
The Teams that finish Ninth through the Sixteenth place in their region will receive 5 VRL Points. No cash prize is awarded for Ninth through Sixteenth Place.
11.2.9. Seventeenth Through Thirtysecond
The Teams that finish seventeenth through thirtysecond place in their region will receive 1 VRL Point. No cash prize is awarded for seventeenth through thirtysecond Place.
11.3. Eligibility Verification
ALL PLAYERS MUST BE VERIFIED BY ESL TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY PRIOR TO BEING DECLARED A WINNER (AS DEFINED BELOW) AND/OR RECEIVING ANY PRIZE. DISPLAY OF STATISTICS IN THE GAME (E.G. ON A LEADERBOARD) DURING THE VR League PERIOD DOES NOT ENTITLE ANY ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT TO A PRIZE.
12. Conduct of Players and Team Members
Conduct that is considered to be inappropriate and in violation of this Section includes, but is not limited to, the following:
12.1.1. Reporting Disruptive Behavior
Players and Teams are responsible for reporting any misconduct, unsportsmanlike behavior, cheating or other disruptive behavior to the ESL Administration Staff. Please submit reports via ESL support ticket.
12.1.2. Competitive Integrity
All Team Members and Players must at all times observe the highest standards of good sportsmanship, personal integrity, honesty, and fair play. Unfair conduct includes but is not limited to Collusion, Hacking, Exploiting, Ringing, Intentional Disconnection, or other cheating methods. Team Members and Players are required to behave in a professional and a sportsmanlike manner in their interactions with other competitors, event organizers, and members of the League administration team, the media, sponsors, and fans. ESL Administration Staff maintain the sole right in judgement for violations of these rules and standards of integrity for competitive play.
12.1.3. Illegal and Unethical Conduct
Team Members are required to observe all laws applicable to their participation in the VR
League, including all games, matches, media events, autograph signings, photo
sessions, sponsor events and other gatherings or events occurring with or as part of the League.
A Team Member may not, during the League, commit any act or become involved in any situation or occurrence which brings them into public disrepute, scandal or ridicule, or shocks or offends the community, or derogates from their public image or reflects unfavorably upon ESL, Echo Arena or any of the other products, services or sponsors of the VR League.
12.1.4. Profanity and Hate Speech
ESL is committed to providing a competitive environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. In furtherance of this commitment, Team Members and Players engaged in the VR League are prohibited from engaging in or promoting harassment or discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other status or characteristic protected by law.
All Team Members and Players may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, or otherwise offensive or objectionable. Team Members and Players may not use obscene gestures or profanity in their Oculus IDs, player handles, game chat, lobby chat, or live interviews. This rule applies to English and all other languages used in the VR League and includes abbreviations, slang, and/or obscure references.
12.1.5. Disruptive Behavior
Team Members and Players may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at another player, ESL Administration Staff, fan, or any other party or incite others to do the same which is abusive, insulting, mocking, or disruptive.
All mobile phones, tablets and other voice-enabled and/or “ringing” electronic devices must be removed from the play area before the match. Players may not text/email or use social media during a match.
12.1.6. Unsportsmanlike Behavior
Should ESL determine that an Eligible Participant commits, or threatens to commit, violent acts against any other Eligible Participant in the VR League, an ESL representative, or any spectator of the VR League, or engages in any unsportsmanlike behavior, the Eligible Participant may be disqualified from the VR League. ESL reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the VR League; or to be acting in any manner deemed by ESL to be in violation of the Official Rules, or to be acting in any manner deemed by ESL to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE RELATED TO THE VR League OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE VR League IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, ESL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. ==Cheating==
12.1.7. Cheating in the VR League
The VR League strictly adheres to the Esport Integrity Coalition (“ESIC”) integrity program. By accepting these Official Rules and by participating in the VR League, you are acknowledging your agreement to the terms of the ESIC integrity program, available at ESIC Integrity Program.
Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. It is each Eligible Participant’s responsibility to know and understand the rules as they exist during the Echo Arena VR
League period. Any form of cheating will not be tolerated.
If Ready At Dawn, Oculus, or ESL determine that an Eligible Participant is cheating or otherwise interfering with the Echo Arena VR League, the Eligible Participant will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Echo Arena VR League and may be restricted from participating in any events in the future, and have all of their licenses to all Ready At Dawn games revoked. Players may be requested to install software on their computers for the duration of the Echo Arena VR League which is especially designed to detect cheating.
Examples of cheating would include, without limitation: ====Match Fixing==== Actions to maliciously intentionally alter, or attempt to alter, the results of any match, including losing a match to advance one Team or another Team’s position in the Echo Arena VR League. If Ready At Dawn, Oculus, or ESL determine that an Eligible Participant is colluding or match fixing, the Eligible Participant will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Echo Arena VR League and may be restricted from participating in future events and have all of their licenses to all Ready At Dawn games revoked; and
Attempts to interfere with another Eligible Participant’s connection to the Game service through Distributed Denial of Service (“DDoS”) or any other means; and
126.96.36.199. Account Sharing
Any incidence of Players allowing individuals who are not the Players to play on an Eligible Participant’s Oculus Account in any of Ready At Dawn’s games.
Players are not allowed to place or attempt to place wagers on any matches or actions in, or around, any Ready At Dawn title.
Gambling on the outcome of VR League games or matches can pose a serious threat to the integrity of esports and public confidence in the League. Team Members are not allowed to place or attempt to place, bets on any games or matches involving competitive play of a Ready At Dawn title, including Echo Arena.
This rule also prohibits Team Members from participating in anyone else’s betting activities, asking anyone to place bets on League games or matches on a Team Member’s behalf, or encouraging anyone else to bet on Qualifier games or matches.
12.3. Alcohol and Drugs
ESL’s goal is to provide a safe competitive environment by eliminating the hazards to health and safety created by alcohol and drug misuse and abuse. ESL will not tolerate the presence of illegal drugs or the unapproved use of legal drugs at any League vent.
The use, possession, distribution or sale of controlled substances, such as drugs or alcohol, or being under the influence of such controlled substances is strictly prohibited while a Team Member is engaged in League events or on premises that are owned by or leased to ESL or a tournament organizer.
The unauthorized use or possession of prescription drugs by Team Member is prohibited. Prescription drugs may be used only by the person to whom they are prescribed and in the manner, combination, and quantity as prescribed. Prescription drugs may only be used to treat the condition for which they are prescribed and may not be used to enhance performance in a game or match.
12.4. Interviews and the Media
Team Members must be polite to spectators and media. Team Members must participate in official interviews and media days arranged by ESL, Oculus or Ready At Dawn.
12.5. Restricted Sponsorships
ESL wants you to be successful in your efforts to build your own brand and sponsorship opportunities. However, in order to preserve the reputation of ESL and the League, ESL needs to place some restrictions on sponsor categories.
The following sponsor categories will not be allowed to any player participating in the League:
- Pornography (or materials that ESL, in its sole discretion, determines are the
equivalent of pornography);
- Tobacco or cigarettes, including vaping products;
- Narcotics, or similar controlled substances;
- Gambling, including websites that offer to gamble;
- Any person or entity that offers products or services that ESL determines are
detrimental to the VR League or ESL’s business or that give one player an unfair advantage over another player, including hacking, account sellers, etc.
Further, no Team Member may promote, advertise or otherwise display the name or trademarks of any business engaged in gambling at any of the League events.
12.5.2. Enterprise & Reserved Sponsorship
In addition, ESL needs to preserve the right to have enterprise-wide sponsorships or sponsorships for particular game titles or particular events in order to fund the development and expansion of the VR League and related events. Accordingly, ESL may designate certain sponsors or product categories as “reserved.” Players participating in the VR
League and related events will not be permitted to accept sponsorships from
reserved sponsors or in reserved categories.
13. Disciplinary Action and Penalties
13.1. Disciplinary Action
In order to preserve the integrity of the VR League, ESL has the right to monitor compliance with these Official Rules, investigate possible breaches of these Official Rules and impose sanctions for violations.
You agree to cooperate with ESL in any such investigation. No Team Member or Player may refuse or fail to apply the reasonable instructions or decisions of ESL Administration Staff.
13.2.1. Subjection to Penalty
Any person found to have engaged in any act which the ESL Administration Staff believes breaks any of the rules in this document or does not align with the spirit of these rules, in the sole discretion of the ESL Administration Staff, will be subject to penalty. The nature and extent of the penalties imposed will be in the sole discretion of the ESL Administration Staff.
If ESL Administration Staff determines that a Team Member or Player has been cheating or has otherwise violated these Official Rules, the Team Member or Player may be immediately disqualified and removed from the VR League.
If a Player or Team disregards or violates one or more of these Official Rules, this can have various consequences depending on the severity of the offense.
As a rule, the penalty points are deleted after a certain period of time. There are different clearance periods depending on a 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:
- After obtaining 4 penalty points: 1-week barrage
- After obtaining 8 penalty points: 2-week barrage
- After obtaining 10 penalty points: 1-month barrage
Barred players and teams must finish playing their open matches. They cannot challenge nor be challenged. Barred players may not take part in League matches.
Penalties (penalty points/barrages/bans) given on ESL sub-platforms (e.g. ESL Europe, ESL America) are valid on all ESL sub-platforms.
In addition, ESL Administration Staff may, in its sole discretion, penalize the Team, Team Members, or Player with:
13.3.1. Verbal Warning(s)
Issue a warning to the Team Member and/or their Team and publish that warning publicly.
13.3.2. Game Forfeiture(s)
13.3.3. Match Forfeiture(s)
13.3.4. Prize Forfeiture(s)
Revoke all or any part of the points and prizes previously awarded to the Team Member or their Team.
Suspend the Team Member and/or their Team from participating in any future ESL tournaments or events.
Disqualify the Team Member and/or their Team from participating in any future ESL tournaments or events.
14. Use and Collection of Your Brand Materials and Personal Data
14.1. License to Use Your Brand Materials
ESL wants to help promote you as a member of an elite Team and help you develop your personal brand. To do that, ESL needs a license to use your name, nickname, Oculus ID, logo, initials, likeness, image, photograph, animation, autograph, voice, public persona, biographical information and backstory (“Your Brand Materials”). ESL also wants to use Your Brand Materials to promote ESL, the VR League, Echo Arena and other products and services, and you agree that ESL may do that.
Accordingly, you hereby grant to ESL and the other League Organizers a royalty-free, fully paid-up, worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive right and license (with the right to grant sublicenses) to copy, display, distribute, edit, transmit, host, store and otherwise use Your Brand Materials, and create derivative works thereof, in any and all present and future media, on or in connection with (i) the broadcast, re-broadcast and/or streaming (including via internet transmission and wireless networks) of all or any part of the VR League (including any scrimmages, games, matches or other competitions that are part of the VR League) or any League Event, and/or (ii) the advertising, marketing, distribution, promotion and sale of the products and services of the League Organizers, including Echo Arena and the VR League.
14.2. Advertising Materials
The grant of rights and licenses in Section 11.1 includes the right and license of ESL and the other League Organizers (and their respective sublicensees) to copy, display, distribute, edit, transmit, host, store and otherwise use Your Brand Materials, and create derivative works thereof, on or in connection with:
- Websites of ESL and its streaming and broadcast partners;
- Social media postings;
- Print and online advertising and content;
- Network, cable, and local television and radio;
- Newspaper and magazine advertising and content;
- Online advertising and content, including banners, leaderboards, and skyscrapers;
- Outdoor and indoor billboards, posters, signs, and displays;
- Product catalogs, point-of-sale materials, hang tags, product packaging and instruction
- Press releases, newsletters and e-alerts; and
- Hats, shirts and other apparel and gaming gear and peripherals.
You hereby waive and agree not to assert, any rights of prior review and/or approval of any of the Advertising Materials that you may have under applicable law. Nothing in these Official Rules requires ESL or a member of the League Organizers to make use of any of the rights or licenses granted herein.
You agree to take, at ESL’s expense, any further action (including execution of affidavits and other documents) that ESL reasonably requests to effect, perfect or confirm ESL’s rights as set forth in these Official Rules.
14.3. Ownership of Advertising Materials, Feedback, Stats, and Suggestions
As between you and ESL, you are the sole owner of Your Brand Materials.
- As between you and ESL, ESL shall be the sole owner of all of the following:
- Advertising Materials (but not Your Brand Materials that are incorporated into or used in the
- Works of authorship, audio-visual works, artwork, compilations, data and documentation
that are created by or for a member of the League Organizers and that incorporate or make use of all or any part of Your Brand Materials (but not Your Brand Materials that are incorporated or used therein);
- Suggestions, comments and other feedback that you may provide to ESL relating in any way
to Echo Arena, the VR League, the League Events or the business of ESL and all improvements or enhancements to Echo Arena, the VR League, the League Events and the business of ESL resulting therefrom;
- Data and statistics relating to your play of Echo Arena during the VR League, and
all feeds and data streams of such data and statistics; and
- Intellectual property rights in each of the foregoing.
You agree not to engage, directly or indirectly, in any acts that might jeopardize, or contest or attempt to acquire, any rights of the League Organizers in the Advertising Materials or any of the foregoing items.
14.4. Collection of Personal Data
14.4.1. ESL Account
ESL collected the information necessary to operate the League at the time that you registered your ESL Account, and without limiting ESL’s rights under its Online Privacy Policies, ESL will use such information to contact you for matters and events related to the operation of the League.
14.4.2. Storage of Information
14.4.3. Online Privacy Policies
15. General Release
As a condition to being allowed to participate in this League and to the greatest extent permitted by the applicable laws and regulations, Players agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the League or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
Players agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of ESL and the other League Organizers, which are final and binding in all respects. ESL reserves the right, subject to the approval of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the League or any entrant's participation in the League should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes affect the administration, security, or proper play of the League or ESL otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the League as planned. Players who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the League or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to ESL, the League or any other entrant (in each case as determined in ESL’s sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the League. ESL reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the League. All disputes that arise out of or relate to the League, a League event or these Official Rules, or the breach thereof, shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States of America and the law of the State of Delaware, without regard to choice of law principles, provided that ESL shall have the right to disqualify any players that are rendered ineligible due to local law. If you are a resident of Quebec, you may submit any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the League, please submit an ESL Support Ticket.
16.1. General (But Important) Terms and Conditions
16.1.1. Copyrights and Trademarks
These Official Rules, the VR League and all accompanying materials are copyright © 2017 Turtle Entertainment GmbH, and its respective licensors. All rights are reserved. Nothing in these Official Rules or your participation in the VR League grants to you, by implication, waiver, estoppel or otherwise, any right or license to use or display any name, logo, service mark or trademark of ESL or any other League Organizer.
16.1.2. Changes to Echo Arena
Ready At Dawn reserves the right to patch, update or improve Lone Echo and Echo Arena at Anytime to fix bugs, change balance or add features or functionality as deemed appropriate by Oculus, in its sole discretion, without suspending or canceling the League.
You agree that the League Organizers will not be liable to you for any changes to Echo Arena or these Official Rules.
16.1.3. Changes to these Official Rules
These Official Rules contain the rules, policies and practices of ESL for the VR League that is in effect at the time of their publication. All previously issued rules, policies and practices (other than the Website Terms), whether in print or online, relating to the VR
League is superseded.
ESL reserves the right, subject to the approval of the Régie des alcohols, des courses et des jeux, to revise, modify, change, delete or add to these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend, cancel or modify the VR League or any Player’s participation in the VR League should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, hacks or other causes beyond the League Organizers’ control affect the administration, security or proper play of the VR League, or ESL otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the VR League as planned.
16.1.4. No Employment Relationship
You agree that you are not an employee or contractor of ESL or any other League Organizers member and are not entitled to employee or fringe benefits. Nothing in these Official Rules shall be deemed or construed to create a partnership, joint venture or similar relationship or create fiduciary duties or responsibilities on the part of ESL or any other member of the League Organizers.
We both agree that these Official Rules constitute a written agreement signed by both you and ESL under applicable law. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the English language version and the French language version of the Official Rules, as applicable, the English version shall prevail, govern and control. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, these Official Rules, and any other notices, requests and other communications provided for herein, may be provided to you electronically, and you agree to receive all such communications from ESL in electronic form. Electronic communications will be delivered to you at the email address listed on your ESL account. ESL will post a list of winners at LINK no later than seven days after the end of the League. The list will remain available for DURATION on the website. If you have any questions or comments about these Official Rules or the VR League, please submit an ESL support ticket.
17. Glossary“Advertising Materials” means (a) the websites of Oculus and its streaming and broadcast
partners; (b) social media postings; (c) print and online advertising and content; (d) network, cable and local television and radio; (e) newspaper and magazine advertising and content; (f) online advertising and content, including banners, leaderboards and skyscrapers; (g) outdoor and indoor billboards, posters, signs and displays; (h) product catalogues, point-of-sale materials, hang tags, product packaging and instruction manuals; (i) press releases, newsletters and e-alerts; and (j) hats, shirts and other apparel and gaming gear and peripherals.“DDoS” means any attempts to interfere with another Eligible Participant’s connection to the
Game service through Distributed Denial of Service attacks.“Dispute” means any dispute, controversy, or claim, whether based on contract, tort, fraudulent
misrepresentation, statute, regulation, constitution, common law, equity, or any other matter, that arises out of or relates to the VR League, a League Event or these Official Rules, or the breach thereof.“Eligible Country” means the following countries: Canada, United States of America, Austria,
Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.“Eligible Participant” mean a player who can demonstrate that they meet all of the eligibility
requirements in Section 1 of these Official Rules.“ESL” is an abbreviation for Electronic Sports League. “ESL Account” means an ESL account registered on ESL’s Services that is in good standing and
that remains in good standing throughout the VR League.“ESL Administration Staff” means the coordinators who oversee the League. “ESL Services” means ESL’s products and services — including ESL websites, apps, platform,
content and hardware.“ESIC” is the abbreviation for Esport Integrity Coalition. “Game” means Echo Arena and/or Lone Echo. “League” is the abbreviation for VR League. “League Events” means all games, matches, media events, autograph signings, photo sessions,
sponsor events and other gatherings or events occurring with or as part of the VR League.“League Organizers” means the parties who are working together to coordinate and execute the
VR League. These parties are ESL, Oculus, and Ready At Dawn.“League Period” means each League phase. There are three (3) League Periods: Weekly Cups,
World Qualifiers, and Finals.“Minor” means any player under the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence, but
over the age of thirteen (13) as of the commencement of the League.“Oculus” means Oculus VR, LLC and its affiliates. “Oculus Account” means an Oculus account registered on Oculus’s Services that is in good
standing and that remains in good standing throughout the VR League.“Oculus Group” means Oculus, its parent and any of their respective affiliate companies and
subsidiaries.“Oculus Services” means Oculus’s products and services — including Oculus websites, apps,
platform, content and hardware.“Official Rules” means the VR League Official Rules, Terms and Conditions (i.e., the
Game.“Players” means eligible participants who meet all the requirements in Section 1. “Player Equipment” means a connection to the Internet and equipment needed to participate in
the League, including, without limitation, computer and monitors, controllers, headphones and headsets, cables, a play mat, and a copy of or authorized access to the Game and valid access to the game servers that will be used, as applicable.“Ready At Dawn” means Ready At Dawn Studios, LLC. Ready At Dawn is the developer of the
Game.“World Qualifier” means one of the regional qualification tournaments described in
Section 3."Released Parties” means ESL, Oculus, and Ready At Dawn directors, officers and
employees, their respective parents, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies.“Replacement Team” means the next highest ranked Team in the region who will replace a
disqualified team.“Resident” means a participant who has resided in an Eligible Country for at least six consecutive
months prior to the first League match.“Roster” means the three Eligible Participants who are designated as Starters to play for a Team
in the VR League.“Sponsors” means those sponsoring and promoting the League. Oculus are the
sponsors of the VR League.“Team(s)” means a group of three (3) Eligible Participants who compete together in the VR
League.“Team Member” means the three (3) starting players on the Active Roster of the Team. “Team Logo” means the Team’s name and logo and any other trade name, trademark, service
mark or symbol used to brand or market the Team in any country in the world, and any abbreviation, translation, contraction or simulation thereof, whether registered or unregistered.“Terms of Service Agreement” means the End User License Agreements applicable to your use
of Oculus, ESL, and Ready At Dawn services. The current version of the Terms of Service for Oculus is found at Oculus Terms of Service. The current version of the Terms of Service for ESL is found at . The current version of the Terms of Service for Ready At Dawn is found atReady At Dawn Terms of Service. “VR League” means all of the tournaments together that make up the VR
League.“VRL Points” means the points distributed for achieving a certain placement within the VR
League.“Website Terms” means the Oculus Terms of Service Agreement applicable to your use of
photograph, animation, autograph, voice, public persona, biographical information and backstory.
18. Dispute Resolution
The parties each agree to finally settle all disputes only through arbitration; provided, however, the Sponsor shall be entitled to seek injunctive or equitable relief in the state and federal courts in San Mateo County, California, and any other court with jurisdiction over the parties. In arbitration, there is no judge or jury and review is limited. The arbitrator’s decision and award is final and binding, with limited exceptions, and judgment on the award may be entered in any court with jurisdiction. The parties agree that, except as set forth above, any claim, suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to this Event shall be resolved solely by binding arbitration before a sole arbitrator under the streamlined Arbitration Rules Procedures of JAMS Inc. (“JAMS”) or any successor to JAMS. In the event JAMS is unwilling or unable to set a hearing date within fourteen (14) days of the filing of a “Demand for Arbitration”, then either party can elect to have the arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) or any other mutually agreeable arbitration administration service. If an in-person hearing is required, then it will take place in San Mateo County, California. The federal or state law that applies to these rules will also apply during the arbitration. Disputes will be arbitrated only on an individual basis and will not be consolidated with any other proceedings that involve any claims or controversy of another party, including any class actions; provided, however, if for any reason any court or arbitrator holds that this restriction is unconscionable or unenforceable, then the agreement to arbitrate doesn’t apply and the dispute must be brought in a court of competent jurisdiction in San Mateo County, California. League Organizers agree to pay the administrative and arbitrator’s fees in order to conduct the arbitration (but specifically excluding any travel or other costs of entrant to attend the arbitration hearing). Either party may, notwithstanding this provision, bring qualifying claims in small claims court.
18.1. Limitation of Liability
BY ENTERING THE LEAGUE, ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (A) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE EVENT, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (B) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY) NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS’ FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; AND (C) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES NOT TO EXCEED TEN DOLLARS ($10.00), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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