The FIFA 20 Club Challenge (CC) by PlayStation® are operated by ESL Gaming (alternatively “ESL” or “Tournament Organizer”).
The FIFA 20 Club Challenge are a video game competition conducted using EA Sports FIFA 20 Head to Head mode (“FIFA 20”) for the PlayStation®4 console (“PS4”). CC will have online qualifiers followed by offline finals as detailed below.
Participants must sign up for CC using the integrated tournament app on the PS4 (“Tournament App”) or the ESL Play landing page. Participants who meet the eligibility requirements in the Player Eligibility section below (individually a “Player” or “competitor” or “Participant”) must also (1) own or have access to FIFA 20 on the PS4; (2) own or have access to a PS4; (3) have a valid account on the PlayStationTMNetwork (“PSN Account”) and an associated PSN ID; (4) have a valid subscription to PlayStationTM Plus; (5) have a valid account with Electronics Art (“EA Account); (6) be residents of an applicable jurisdiction as outlined in Appendix B.
2. Player Eligibility
2.1 Registration and acceptance of official rules
Players must be at least 16 years old by the date of the Live Event and at least the minimum age needed to have a full (not underage) EA Account in their given territory to be eligible for the CC. All Players under the age of 18 who attend Live Events must have Player’s parent, legal guardian, or parents/guardians (as required by law) accompany them and consent to the rules on their behalf.
2.3 Residency Requirement
Participants may be required to provide proof of residency to determine their eligibility in the CC.
All invited Participants will be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility to Travel, disclosing Participants residency and such other requirements as ESL may have from time to time, as well as to certify their residency by providing two forms of identification or proof of residency, such as:
Government-Issued Documentation: Identification such as a passport, driver’s license, identification card, or work visa with a name and address.
Utility Bill: Recent invoice from a utility (energy, telephone, or cable) company with a name and address.
The list of eligible countries game can be found in Appendix B: Countries
2.4 ‘Free Agency’ Requirement
Participants must have a “Free Agent” status. A “Free Agent” is a participant who is or was previously not under a legal contract or is or was previously not affiliated with a sports team, esports organisation and does not represent such teams and organisations. Participants not meeting the “Free Agent” requirement are not eligible to participate in the competition.
2.5 Employees & Conflicts of Interests
Employees of ESL, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“PlayStation”), Electronic Arts Inc. (alternatively “EA” or “Publisher”) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies, FIFA, and the immediate family members or persons living in the same household of such employees are not eligible to participate in the competition.
3. Competition Structure
3.1 Online Qualification
The Online Qualifiers are scheduled to take place over the course of 2-3 weeks. The Tournament Organiser reserves the right to amend these dates in its sole discretion.
Players are eligible to participate in all Club Challenge tournaments.
Football Club Name
13-14 January 2020, 18-19 January 2020
3.2 Online Qualifiers format
Gametype: FIFA 20 Head to Head Game mode
Borussia Dortmund hosts 2 online qualifiers in Europe. The Top8 players of each European Qualifier will be invited to the Offline Event.
Format Online Qualifiers: Single elimination, Best of 1
Game setup instructions
Each game will be played using the Friendly Seasons mode of FIFA 20 Head to Head with the default game settings.
The participants are only allowed to play with the Borussia Dortmund team.
All participants must use the present EA Formations. Using a self created one will lead into a default loss of the match.
The gameplay settings are defined by the FIFA 20 Head to Head Friendly Seasons game mode, they are listed below:
Mode: Head to Head
If draw, play Golden goal
Half Length: 6 minutes
Game speed: Normal
Squad Type: Online
Clubs: Predetermined clubs have to be picked
The following settings will be enforced for all users and unable to be modified at live events:
HUD: Player Name & Indicator
Player Indicator: Player Name
Time/Score Display: On
Gamertag Indicator: Off
Scrolling Line Ups: Off
Commentary Volume: 0
Stadium Ambience: 8
Music Volume: 0
The following Single Player Camera settings are disallowed:
End to End
Follow these steps to start your match:
Enter the game lobby via the PSN Notification
Wait for both participants to join the lobby
Result will be submitted automatically after the match has finished
Each player has 10 minutes to show up to a match after the match got generated. Not showing up within 10 minutes results in a default loss. The player that is waiting must enter a no show in the ‘Enter result tab’ in order to get a default win or raise this on the discord chat with an admin.
Both players are responsible to enter correct results in the following ways (if it does not get reported automatically due to technical problems):
On the ESL website
Through the Tournament App on PS4
Both players are required to take a screenshot at the end of the match, where the result and both player names are displayed. Players need to upload it after the match to the ESL website or the Tournament App on PS4. If you have a conflict in the match, please open a match protest on ESL Play, so the staff team can check the case and take a decision. The decision can also mean that both players are disqualified, if there is not enough proof for either player to be the clear winner.
All match media (screenshots and videos) must be kept for at least 15 days. In general, you should upload the match media from a match as soon as possible. Faking or manipulating match media is of course forbidden and will result in severe penalties.
Both participants are responsible that screenshots of the match result are uploaded at the end of the match. The screenshots must contain the nickname of both participants and the match result. Also, we recommend that players take screenshots of disputable situations (such as Disconnects, Game Settings problems, etc.). These screenshots can and will be used as evidence in case of a dispute.
If the game ends in a draw, a new match with the same teams and settings must be played. The new match is over when one of the players scores a goal. A screenshot of the result of both matches must be uploaded in order to confirm the result.
If you experience connection issues in your match, please record this, leave your match and open a protest with your evidence. Please note that you must leave the match before any goals or red cards have been awarded.
If there was a disconnect with score 0:0, the game has to be restarted. If a goal was scored, there are two options: a) The players agree to play the remaining time and add additional goals. b) An admin decides about the final score.
Using any cheats, hacks or other third party "helper" applications in playing games;
intentionally disconnecting from the Internet during any game;
colluding with other players in playing games;
taking advantage of known exploits in the game (it is the responsibility of players to understand and avoid all current illegal exploits); or
selectively matching up against the same opponent repeatedly.
Abusive or disorderly behavior, including any use of harassing, negative, or profane language online, will not be tolerated and will also constitute grounds for immediate disqualification.
3.3 Offline tournament format
Participants that have qualified via Online Qualifier Tournaments will participate in the offline part of the competition.
Gametype: FIFA 20 Head to Head Game mode
Format Offline Qualifiers:
Stage 1: Single Round Robin, Best of 1. Participants are split into 4 groups of 4 players in each group. Each player plays a Best of 1 match with the other players in the group. In case participants are tied in the total result, the Head-to-Head result is taken into consideration. All participants advance to Stage 2.
Stage 2: Single Elimination Bracket, Best of 1, Participants are seeded based on the results from Stage 1. Pairs will be determined by the Tournament Administration.
Football Club Name
08 February 2020
All participants of the Online Qualifiers will receive an exclusive PS4 Dynamic Theme of Borussia Dortmund.
Accomodation and travel costs will be covered for players that qualify to the offline stage.
The Offline Qualifiers will have the following prizes:
€5.000 in prize money; a signed official Borussia Dortmund Jersey; an official Borussia Dortmund Jersey; 2 tickets and hospitality for a UEFA Champions League abroad OR season ticket national league (1. Bundesliga)
€2.500 in prize money, €100 PSN Credit; official Borussia Dortmund Jersey; 2 match tickets in the national league (1. Bundesliga)
€1.000 in prize money, €50 PSN Credit; official Borussia Dortmund Jerseyt
€500 in prize money, €20 PSN Credit; official Borussia Dortmund Jersey
€20 PSN Credit; official Borussia Dortmund Jersey
5. General Terms
Personal information will be processed in the United Kingdom or any other country in which, ESL, its subsidiaries, or third party agents operate. By entering the Competition, you consent that your personal information may be transferred to recipients in the United States and other countries that may not offer the same level of privacy protection as the laws in your country of residence or citizenship.
Participants have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal information.
By participating in this Competition, each Participant further agrees:
(a) (To the extent permissible by law) assumes sole liability for injuries, including personal injuries and/or damage to property, caused or claimed to be caused by participating in any tournament or acceptance, possession, or use of any award; and
(b) To the extent allowable under applicable law and, in Australia, subject to and without excluding, restricting or modifying any rights or remedies to which the participant may be entitled as a consumer under the consumer guarantee provisions of the Australian Consumer Law in relation to the operation of the Competition and any prize won, to release and hold harmless ESL and its agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, damage, right, claim or action of any kind arising from or in connection with this Competitions or any Competition-related activity or the receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize won, except for residents of the United Kingdom and France with respect to claims resulting from death or personal injury arising from the Tournament organizer's negligence and for residents of the United Kingdom with respect to claims resulting from the tort of deceit or any other liabilities that may not be excluded by law;
By participating in this Competition, each Participant acknowledges: (1) In regard to the Prize and any other products or services given by Tournament Organizer and its affiliates free of charge, Tournament Organizer shall only be liable for intent and gross negligence. (2) In all other cases, the Tournament Organizer shall only be liable to cases of intent and gross negligence. In case of slight negligence, however, Tournament Organizer is only liable for the breach of essential contractual obligations, such as delay or impossibility of performance, which Tournament Organizer can be made responsible for. The liability in the event of breach of such an essential contractual obligation is limited to the typical contractual damage, whose occurrence could be expected by Tournament Organizer upon conclusion of the contract on account of the circumstances known at that time. “Essential contractual obligations” as previously stated are those obligations whose fulfillment is essential to enable the proper implementation of the contract and the achievement of its purpose and whose observation you as an end consumer may rely upon. The foregoing limitations of liability shall not apply in the case of explicit guarantees by Tournament Organizer, in case of malice and injuries to life, body or health as well as in the case of mandatory statutory regulations.
(c) That the tournament organiser’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Competition;
(d) The Competition is governed by the laws of the State of California and all claims must be resolved in the United States.
Nothing in these Official Rules shall have the effect to deprive you of the consumer protection rights granted to you by the laws of your residence that cannot be derogated from by agreement.
(e) The Tournament Organiser reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Tournament Organizer in its sole discretion. If terminated, Tournament Organizer may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above. Tournament Organizer, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other Competition or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Tournament Organizer reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Tournament Organizer’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
(f) By accepting any of the prizes, you acknowledge and agree that the Tournament Organiser and its designees have the right to use the below information and any other information provided in the CC the administration, marketing, and promotion of the CC, without further consent or compensation to you, unless otherwise noted below:
Background info: Full name, country of residency, age, platform, persona (including PSN ID)
Football fandom info: Favorite professional football club, favorite professional football player
Social Media info: Twitter handle and Twitch account (if applicable)
Other Information for Tournament Administration: Shirt size, dietary restrictions, mobile phone number
(G) THE PLAYERS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GIVING AND TAKING BRIBES ARE ILLEGAL. THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DISQUALIFY, AT ITS SOLE DISCRETION, ANY PARTICIPANT THAT IS INVOLVED WITH ANY ILLEGAL ACTIONS.
Nothing in these Official Rules shall be deemed to exclude or restrict any of the Winner’s or the Entrant’s statutory rights as a consumer.
All commercial rights (including without limitation any and all marketing and media rights) relating to the CC belong to Tournament Organizer and its licensors.
Participant shall not associate themselves with the CC, ESL, EA, or PlayStation in any commercial manner, nor use any intellectual property rights of those parties, nor shall they permit any third parties to do so, without the prior written consent of Tournament Organizer or the applicable rights holders, which consent may be granted or withheld in each of their sole discretion.
Any Participant or Participant ad sponsor wishing to carry out or facilitate any promotional or marketing activities with respect to the CC, will need prior written consent from Tournament Organizer or from the respective rights holders, which may be granted or withheld in each of their sole discretion.
The recording and dissemination of images or footage of the CC for commercial purposes by or on behalf of Participant is strictly prohibited.
APPENDIX A: CODE OF CONDUCT
The below Code of Conduct applies to all Players in the CC at all levels of the competition unless otherwise specified. The tournament organiser reserves the right to levy penalties, sanction or disqualify any player at its discretion.
Competitor must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players. These requirements apply to both offline and online, including with respect to social media conduct and activity on live streams. All Players are expected to adhere to these standards of sportsmanship.
DURING THE TOURNAMENT:
Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players. These requirements apply to both offline and online, including with respect to social media conduct. All players are expected to adhere to the standards of good sportsmanship at all times.
Players will refrain from using vulgar or offensive language.
Abusive behavior, including harassment and threats is prohibited.
Physical abuse, fighting or any threatening action or threatening language, directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person is prohibited.
Damage and/or abuse to game consoles, controllers, or any tournament equipment is prohibited.
Any action that interferes with play of a game, including but not limited to purposely breaking a game station, interfering with power, and abuse of in-game pausing, is prohibited and can result in match forfeiture and/or disqualification from the competition
Gambling, including betting on the outcome of games, is prohibited.
All Players must not disclose any confidential information provided by the tournament organiser or any of its affiliates to any other people or groups of people, including via social media.
No Players may accept any gifts, rewards, or compensation for services that are promised to be rendered in connection with competing in the CC. The only exception to this rule is for players with sponsors who are paying them based on their performance.
All Players must be available for any post-tournament awards ceremonies, interviews, and the entirety of the live event and any promotional activities reasonably requested by the Tournament Organiser or its designees. A Player who if having been invited by the tournament organiser fails to attend such ceremonies shall forfeit the right to any award that may be granted, or the benefit that may accompany such award.
Collusion is defined as any agreement among two or more Players to disadvantage other Players in the Competition. Collusion between Players is strictly prohibited. Any Players determined by the tournament organiser at any phase of the CC to be engaging in Collusion will be removed from the competition, be forced to return any compensation and prizes they’ve received from Live Events.
Examples of collusion include, but are not limited to:
Intentionally losing a match for any reason, either during Online Qualification or at the Live Event.
Playing on behalf of another competitor, including using a secondary account, to aid them in Online Qualification or Live Event.
Any form of match-fixing.
Soft play, defined as a player not trying their hardest in an attempt to allow an opponent to run up the score and gain a Goal Differential advantage.
Agreeing to split prize money.
Allowing an opponent to score more or less goals than they normally would in order to impact the Goal Differential tiebreaker.
LIVE EVENT DRUG & ALCOHOL POLICY
Player use of alcohol or drugs is prohibited on the premises of, or during the attendance of, Live Events for the duration of the event.
Players must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while participating.
Smoking, including the use of eCigarettes and vaporizers, is prohibited at the Live Event except in designated areas.
Participants must abide by all rules and regulations of the Live Event venue.
LIVE EVENT DRESS CODE
Any Player who wishes to wear apparel from an ad sponsor must submit a written request to PlayStation at least one week before the Live Event takes place. Tournament Organizer has the right to grant permission or deny these requests at its sole discretion. More details about Player Sponsorship can be found in Player Sponsorship section below.
Players must wear attire appropriate to the circumstances and location at which an event is taking place.
Players shall not wear, carry or bear any items of a political nature, or which in PlayStation's opinion reflect unfavorably upon PlayStation, its partners, or the Competition.
Players shall not carry out any promotional activity in connection with the Competition unless otherwise approved in writing by the tournament organiser.
Violation of any part of these Official Rules will, at the Tournament organiser's election, result in (a) sanction(s) and/or (b) loss of winner status. All Players must follow the tournament organiser's directions. All decisions and rulings of the tournament organiser are final and binding. The Tournament organiser reserves the right to sanction any Player in competition at any level, at any time for any reason. Sanctions may include, in no particular order, the following:
Forfeiture of single match
Forfeiture of all matches
Loss of awards (including prize money and paid travel expenses)
Disqualification from the CC
The tournament organiser also has the right to publicly announce penalties that have been levied on Players. Players who have been penalized by the tournament organizer hereby waive any right of legal action against the CC and PlayStation, and/or any of its affiliates.
Players in the CC have the ability to acquire ad sponsors. Ad sponsorship acquisition is limited, however, to exclude certain categories and industries. If the ad sponsor falls under the below limited categories, then the ad sponsorship may not be displayed by the Player in conjunction with or during the CC. Tournament Organizer and its designees reserve the right to update the below list at any time. The following is a nonexclusive list of prohibited ad sponsors:
Gambling or gambling websites
Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or Non-“over-the-counter” Drugs
FIFA Ultimate Team Coin promoting or selling websites or companies
Firearms or any type of weapons
Pornographic or adult material
Products or services from direct competitors of PlayStation, its partners, and its other subsidiary brands
Direct competitors of FIFA’s Official Marketing Partners
Direct competitors of PlayStation
Tournament Organizer reserves the right to prohibit any third party at their sole discretion.
Appendix B: Countries
Below is a comprehensive list of all eligible countries:
1. Global Rules
The league administration has the right to decide outside or even against the rulebook in special cases to guarantee fairplay.
1.2. Code of Conduct
Every participant has to behave with respect towards the representatives of the ESL, press, viewers, partners and other players. The participants are requested to represent esports, the ESL, and their Sponsors honorably. This applies to behavior in-game and also in chats, messengers, comments and other media. We expect players to conduct themselves according to the following values:
- Compassion: treat others as you would be treated.
- Integrity: be honest, be committed, play fair.
- Respect: show respect all other humans, including teammates, competitors, and event staff.
- Courage: be courageous in competition and in standing up for what is right.
Participants must not engage in harassment or hate speech in any form. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Hate speech, offensive behavior, or verbal abuse related to sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, or religion.
- Stalking or intimidation (physically or online).
- Spamming, raiding, hijacking, or inciting disruption of streams or social media.
- Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
- Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, unwelcome sexualized comments, jokes, and sexual advances.
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
Violation of this code of conduct will result in possible exclusion of the offending player from current tournaments in which they are participating, and may result in additional penalties thereafter and also lose their right to receive any winnings. In the case of repeated or extreme violations, penalties may include disqualification or banning from future ESL events.
1.2.1. Insults and offensive behaviour
All insults that happen during an ESL-Match or on the ESL platform, may be punished. This includes but is not limited to ingame chat of the corresponding game, guestbooks, forums, Match- or News-Comments, ESL Messages, Match-Chat, game IDs. Insults that happen on external messengers are not taken into account.
Penalties are no longer limited to Penalty Points and barrages, but may also contain the following depending on the incident, location and frequency of the insult:
- Penalty Points & barrages are given for incidents within ESL-Matches
- Exclusion of the offending player from the current tournaments in which they are participating*
- Insults or inappropriate behaviour within Comments or other options for contacting a player, will result in a Forum- & Comment ban
Severe incidents including, but not limited to the following points, may be punished in other ways:
- Extremist statements
- Threat of violence
- Sexual harassment
- severe insults
- pornographic linkings
The right to appeal is only with the injured.
* Another player registered on the teamsheet may replace the player if the tournament rules allow it. If more than one player of the same team is excluded, the team is disqualified for the current tournaments in which it participates.
The excessive posting of futile, annoying or offensive contributions within the ESL is considered as spamming. Spamming on the website (forums, match comments, player comments, support- and protest pages, etc) is penalized as follows:
- Written warning for the first offence
- 1 penalty point + 1 week comment ban for the second spamming incident.
- 2 penalty points + 2 week comment ban for the third spamming incident.
- 3 penalty points + 3 week comment ban for the fourth and any further spamming incidents.
The decisive factor therefore is the amount of active penalties for spamming.
1.2.3. Public behaviour
All participants shall abstain, at all times, from poor, undesirable, or negative behaviour towards anybody involved with the tournament in any way.
All participants shall abstain, at all times, from any action or inaction that brings anybody involved with the tournament in any way into public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule or reduces the public relations or commercial value of any involved party. This includes derogatory comments aimed at ESL, its partners or products in interviews, statements and/or social media channels.
1.3. Matches, competitions, meetings
In all competitions there should be a fair playing field for all players.
Every encounter, whether a ladder match or other competition must be played according to the rules until it is complete and the result on the ESL page entered, or at events the result sheet is completed. Any encounter that did not take place, should be deleted. Matches will be opened only by admins to delete exceptions. Matches that did not take place will be considered fake matches and will be punished.
It is not allowed for participants to bet on matches in their own competition. Betting against yourself (in team leagues: against your own team) will get you (in team leagues: your team) disqualified and the betting player(s) banned.
Players and teams that are already qualified for or participating in an event (e.g. Pro League or any offline event) or the later stages of a tournament (e.g. Open/Challenger League, but not Sony Open Series) are not allowed to participate in any of its ongoing or upcoming qualifiers. In the case of a player or team breaching this rule, they will be disqualified from the current qualifier and may face further punishment, up to and including disqualification from the event.
1.4. Game / client
In general, all programs which are not part of the original game, including custom-data and modifications, are not allowed in any ESL game. All external voice programs are allowed (e.g. Teamspeak, Ventrilo etc.). Scripts and changes to the game's configuration are allowed, unless they are partly or completely forbidden by the league specific rules. Programs that provide an advantage during game play (e.g. drivers that allow the removing of walls) are forbidden. Any programs that change the game itself are forbidden.
1.5. Game Coverage
The ESL reserves exclusive right to the coverage of ESL matches. This includes all forms of transmission, including IRC Bots, Shoutcast-streams, HLTV and ESL-TV Broadcasts. 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, individual players are allowed to arrange their own broadcasts. 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.
1.6. Internal Texts
All texts written in either protest or support tickets, or written by the administrators to members of a certain league or tournament, cannot be published without the permission of the ESL.
The official language of this national section is English. All players should be able to communicate in English and to do so.
ESL is a member of ESIC, the Esports Integrity Commission. The Esports Integrity Commission is a not for profit members’ association established in 2015 by key esports stakeholders to deal with issues of common interest – in particular the threat that match manipulation and betting fraud and other integrity challenges pose to esports.
Membership of ESIC centres around key Principles that the members have agreed and they have also agreed to be bound by a Code of Ethics to govern their behaviour amongst themselves. ESIC is a historic Commission of businesses that are usually in competition with each other, but recognise that they are all threatened by attacks on the integrity of esports.
The attempt to deceive admins or other players with wrong or fake statements, information or data will not be tolerated.
2.2. Other unauthorized offences
Including but not limited to the abusing of bugs in the website.
These penalties are at the discretion of the responsible admin and are penalized according to severity.
All forms of cheating in ESL matches are forbidden and will be penalized by the ESL. Players found cheating outside of the ESL may be barraged on the ESL depending on the evidence available. Note, we do not accept publicly submitted demo or screenshot evidence in these cases. Should it become known to the ESL administrators that any form of cheating was used to the advantage of a player or a team during an ESL match, the ESL reserves the right to punish them to the full extent of the rules available. By breaking any rule a player risks being barred or completely excluded from a specific league or from all leagues. This also includes their team.
The use of programs (or "hacks") or other methods to circumvent, modify or in any way manipulate ESL Anticheat is forbidden. Any use of such programs or methods will be punished as cheating. Even testing of such programs or methods in a match not happening within the ESL will be punished.
2.3.1. Distribution of cheats
Contributing to the distribution of cheats in any way is not allowed on ESL. This includes but is not limited to referring to the name, website or logo of cheats anywhere on ESL, such as player profiles, team profiles, forums, comments, guest book entries, etc.
Violating this rule will be punished from a warning up to exclusion from ESL.
2.3.2. Cheating Sanctions
Disqualification from the tournament, results voided, forfeiture of prize money, ban between 2 years and lifetime depending on age and level of player and nature/size of tournament and how the player cheated. Cheating at a professional level (i.e. where qualification for a professional event is at stake) should normally result in a 5 year ban, but, in aggravating circumstances, can result in a lifetime ban.
Nevertheless first offenders willing to intensively deal with their situation can get a second chance. More information about the cheater rehabilitation can be found here.
2.4. Match-Fixing/betting fraud
Engaging in any action that improperly influences the outcome of a game or match by any means.
2.4.1. Match-Fixing Sanctions
Results voided, 5 year ban unless significant mitigating factors in line with the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code or, in the presence of aggravating circumstances, a longer ban, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).
Any kind of doping is forbidden.
2.5.1. Prescribed medication
If players have an active prescription for a substance on the WADA list, they have to send proof to the tournament administration before the first day of the tournament (deadline in local time). They may still be subject to a doping test, but a positive result for the prescribed substance will be disregarded.
2.5.2. Doping Sanctions
Mild cases of doping will be punished with a warning and possibly minor penalty points for the participant. Severe cases (i.e. use of drugs containing performance enhancing substances, like Adderall) will be punished as follows: Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).
2.6. Competition manipulation and bribery
Bribing or attempting to bribe a referee or organizer or trying to manipulate the competition.
2.6.1. Competition manipulation and bribery Sanctions
Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification)
2.7. Second and subsequent offences
For second and subsequent offences, participants should expect far harsher sanctions and in all likelihood a lifetime ban from esports.
An ESL Account can only be created if the user is at least six years old. When registering, each player must provide an up-to-date and correct email address and it is the player’s responsibility to keep this up-to-date. To play in a ladder, a method of contact must be available and visible to all users in your player profile.
Also, the permanent residence must be chosen according to the country he/she is currently living in. Should the country differ from his/her nationality, the player can add an additional flag in the settings.
Each player in the ESL must only have one account! If a player can not access his account and then creates a new one, then he/she must write a support ticket explaining in detail the reason for not being able to access the account.
3.1.2. Nicknames, Team Names and URL Aliases
We reserve the right to edit Nicknames and/or URL aliases, if they fail to comply with the following requirements.
Nicknames/aliases are forbidden if they:
- are protected by third-party rights and the user has no written permission
- resemble or if they are identical to a brand or trademark, no matter whether it has been
registered or not
- resemble or if they are identical to a real person other than themselves
- use names of ESL Gaming products
- resemble or if they are identical to the names of ESL Gaming employees
- are nonsense
In addition to the above, any nicknames/team names/aliases that are purely commercial (e.g. product names), defamatory, pejorative, offensive, vulgar, obscene, anti-Semitic, inciting hatred, or offending against good manners are forbidden. Using alternative spelling, gibberish or wrong spelling in order to avoid the requirements mentioned above is illegal. We reserve the right to extend, change, exchange or delete these rules if necessary.
It would be nice if a player's photo clearly shows the face of the player, for adding anything else (graphics, other people, other parts of body, etc.) please use the logo function. For anything else please use the gallery. Photos with weapons are not allowed!
A player's country must be set to their country of residence. Deliberately faking the country of residence is punishable.
If a player's country of residence is changed in order to avoid any country restrictions or if the player is trying to fake or abuse they will be punished with 2 penalty points. If the player does so and plays in a team match, the team will get 3 penalty points and the match is deleted.
A player's nationality must be set to their nationality that is proven by a current passport. Deliberately faking nationality is punishable.
3.1.6. Account sharing
Each ESL account is strictly personal and cannot be shared with other ESL users and / or other players that don't have an ESL account. Failure to comply with this rule will result in a ban of up to 6 months.
The original registrant must always be the final user of the account, which cannot be lent or transferred in any case. This will be considered as account sharing or multi account and pursued according to the ESL rules.
A team's name does not have to be unique, but the ESL reserves the right to refuse clans with the same or similar names as a well-known clan (e.g. If you named your team “Schroet Kommando" or “Schroet Commando” etc, that would not be allowed).
Names which are restricted by law will not be accepted and will be deleted and punished with penalty points if found. Also, names which go against all forms of etiquette and good manners will not be accepted.
If a team deletes its account because of a certain amount of active penalty points and registers a new account, the penalty points will be transferred to the new account if the team rejoins the same ladder. Furthermore 1 additional penalty will be added for the attempted deception.
The logo must represent the team and have some reference to the team's name or to the team's short handle. Copyrighted logos, or logos which go against etiquette and good manors will not be accepted.
3.2.1. Changing team names
A team can change its name at any time. This also applies when a team is restructured.
Changing a team's name in order to fool other teams is forbidden. Extremely long names, or consistent changing of team names is prohibited and can be punished with penalty points.
3.2.2. Team nationality
In general, during matches of ESL national sections, at all times in-game a team must have more than 50% of its players that are residing in or have the nationality of the country or countries that the national section represents.
3.2.3. Players in team
A player may only play for one team in a tournament or league. Participants in an EPS may not also play in the EAS underneath it.
In tournaments or leagues that require Premium or Trusted then only players with this status are eligible to play. In general players that are marked inactive or honorary on a team page are not eligible to play.
If a homepage is required for a tournament or league then a every player that is on the team account must also be on the homepage.
The ESL administration reserves the right to prohibit or remove teams with sponsors or partners that are solely or widely known for pornographic, drug use or other adult/mature themes and products from partaking in ESL Play events at any time.
4. Penalty points
If a player or team disregards or violates one or more of the rules of the league, this can have various consequences depending on the severity of the offence.
As a rule, the penalty points are deleted after a certain period of time. There are different clearance periods depending on the amount 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 weeks 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 team matches with exception of 2on2 teams.
Penalties (penalty points/barrages/bans) given on ESL subplatforms (e.g. ESL Europe, ESL America) are valid on all ESL subplatforms.
5. Participation in prize tournaments & pro qualifiers
Unless otherwise explicitly permitted, it is not allowed for employees of ESL Gaming GmbH, its subsidiaries or partners, volunteer or contractor staff or employees that are in some way connected to a respective tournament including sponsors, publishers or game developers, to participate in prize winning tournaments, qualification for prize winning tournaments or pro qualifiers.
Prize winning means any tournaments 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.
In case you win prize money, depending on the payment method you choose, there might be fees. ESL will cover the fees on the sender end and recipient will cover the fees on the recipient's end.
If in doubt, please contact support.
6. Penalty Point Catalogue
In general, a player and the team can receive up to 6 penalty points per match, unless a single violation has a higher punishment. A team is only punished once per violation, regardless of how many players. Where a player or team receives penalty points for multiple violations, the penalty points are added together.
|Rule violation||Number of penalty points|
|No show||Team: 3; Player: 2|
|Reject compulsory challenge||Normal: 1 |
Intense (top 10): 2
|Abort match||Player / Team: 2|
|Use of ineligible player|
|Inactive barrage||Player / Team: 3|
|Barraged||Player / Team: 6|
|Unregistered player||Player / Team: 3|
|Missing Premium (where required)||Player / Team: 3|
|Missing Trusted (where required)||Player / Team: 3|
|Ringer/Faker||Player / Team: 6|
|Playing with wrong gameaccount||Player / Team: 3|
|Playing without a registered gameaccount||Player / Team: 3|
|Multiple/Fake accounts||Warning / 1-4 penalty points|
|Deception||Player / Team: 1 - 4|
|Fake result||Player / Team: 4|
|Fake match media||Player / Team: 6|
|Fake match||Player / Team: 6|
|Cheating||Player: 12 / Team: 6|
Matches get only deleted if the team/player violating the rules won the match.