Game rules

1. Overview

The PS4 Tournaments: FIFA 20 Beta Tournament Series (“FIFA20BT” or “Competition”) is operated by ESL Gaming (alternatively “ESL” or “Tournament Organizer'').

The FIFA20BT is a video game competition conducted using EA Sports FIFA 20 (“FIFA 20”) for the PlayStation®4 console (“PS4”). FIFA20BT will have weekly qualifiers and one monthly final, online tournaments.

PS4 Tournaments is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, EA Sports.

2. Player Eligibility

2.1 Registration and acceptance of official rules

Participants must sign up for FIFA20BT using the integrated tournament app on the PS4 (“Tournament App”) or the ESL Play landing page to be considered for eligibility. 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 and compatible controller; (3) have a valid account for PlayStation Network (“Account for PSN”) and an associated PSN ID; (4) have a valid subscription to an active PlayStation Plus membership; (5) be residents of an applicable jurisdiction as outlined in Appendix B.

Players must link their Account for PSN to their ESL account on the Tournament App or on the ESL Play tournament hub page. Players must read the FIFA20BT ruleset and relevant privacy policies, including the ESL privacy policy, and agree to these rules before entering the tournament. Once a Player has registered, they are considered for eligibility for the entire FIFA20BT, as outlined in Section 3. Competition Structure.

2.2 Age

Players must be eligible to play FIFA 20 according to their local age restrictions, at the point of tournament registration, as outlined in Appendix B: Countries & Age.

2.3 Employees & Conflicts of Interests

Employees of ESL, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (“PlayStation”), EA Sports (alternatively “Publisher”) and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies, and the immediate family members or persons living in the same household of such employee are not eligible to participate in the competition.

3. Competition Structure

The FIFA20BT will be run in the following regions (subject to change at tournament organizer’s discretion at any time, with or without warning):

  • Europe - East
  • Europe - West
  • North America - East
  • North America - West
  • South America
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Japan (Not in Asia)

The full list of countries per region is available in Appendix B: Countries & Age

3.1 Open Qualifiers

Tournament Format Details

  • Mode: 1on1
  • Random player seeding
  • Tournament system: Swiss*
  • Number of rounds: 6
  • 4 rounds of Swiss with no elimination
  • After the 4th Swiss round we will turn on “Elimination after 1 loss”
  • The 5th Swiss round will start for only the players with 4:0 score
  • The 6th Swiss round will start for only the players with 5:0 score
  • In case of a tie with the Buchholz system, an additional 7th round will be played with the tied players

From each Weekly Qualifier for Asia, Japan, Middle East and South America the TOP16 is qualifying to the Monthly Finals.

From each Weekly Qualifier for Europe East, Europe West, North America East and North America West the TOP8 is qualifying for the Monthly Finals.

*Swiss is a cup system where you won't get kicked out of a Swiss cup after your first loss, you will stay in the Swiss cup until a certain loss-threshold has been reached or the cup has finished. Every Swiss cup has a fixed amount of rounds. In every round, you will be matched against opponents of your skill group, based on the current player score (for example, players who have a 1-1 score face others with the same score). A ranking will be shown at the end of the cup based on the points of every contestant's performance.

3.2 Monthly Final

Registration

Players who qualify from Weekly Qualifiers will be invited to the upcoming Monthly Final tournament from the current season. Invited players will be able to see their invitation via email and in their PS4 Notifications. Invited players need to sign-up and check-in to the eligible tournaments in order to participate. Players who qualify to the Monthly Final are unable to participate in any Weekly Qualifier tournaments from the current season.

Tournament Format Details

  • Mode: 1on1
  • Random player seeding
  • Tournament system: Single Elimination

3.3 Match Rules

Match start time

All matches are played on the scheduled match time. To see the match schedule, access the match event page in your PS4 by going to My Events.

Joining your game lobby

  1. Access the match event page (you will be able to see it in the “My Events” tab)
  2. Click "Join Now" option
  3. The result will be automatically submitted at the end of the match

Match details

  • Game mode: Head to Head 1on1 (not FUT)
  • Match duration: 12 minutes (6 minutes per half)
  • Controls: Any
  • Game Speed: Normal
  • Squad Type: Online
  • In case of draw: Golden goal match

No show

Each player has 10 minutes to show up to a match. (scheduled match start time +10 minutes). Not showing up within 10 minutes results in a default loss. The player that is waiting must create a Support Ticket (which is available in the match event page).

Results

Results are automatically submitted by the system at the end of the match.

Disconnection

  • In the event of a player disconnecting, that player will forfeit the entire game, not just a round. It will be the responsibility of the player that got disconnected to connect to his opponent within 5 minutes.

Match Disputes

  • If any issues are encountered in a match, it’s the player's responsibility to create a dispute and reach out to the admin team.
  • In order to create a dispute, go to the match page in your PS4 and select the option “Go to Support Page”.
  • Players are responsible for providing proof of match results in case of disputes. This can be done with screenshots of each victory or video replays uploaded to websites such as Youtube or Twitch.

3.4 Match Media

The following match media are acceptable forms of proof during match reporting and protests:

  • Twitch livestream VODs (with clear naming of the players, selected fighters, date, tournament round)
  • Screenshots (or photographs) showing both players and the result/issue

4. Prizing

4.1 Prizing Terms and Conditions

Prizes are not transferable. No substitution of Prizes for other goods and services is permitted, except ESL reserves the right to provide a substitute Prize of approximately equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable. All expenses not specified above, including, without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes, and international tariffs, are the sole responsibility of the individual Winner.

Receiving a prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules; all prizes claimed in accordance with these Official Rules will be awarded. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified, or the prize is forfeited for any reason, ESL will award the applicable prize, time permitting given the nature of the prize, to the next eligible runner-up Competitor. Only 3 alternate runner-up winners will be chosen, after which the tournament organiser retains the discretion to donate the applicable prize to a charity of ESL’s choosing. Potential winners may be required to provide a shipping address to claim the prize. Allow up to 3 months for delivery of prizes.

Prize distribution for Open Qualifiers

1st place: $100 + 4,600 FIFA Points

2nd place: 2,200 FIFA Points

3rd-4th place: 1,600 FIFA Points

5th-8th place: 1,050 FIFA Points

9th-64th place: 500 FIFA Points

Prize distribution for Monthly Final

1st place: $400 + 12,000 FIFA Points

2nd place: $300 + 12,000 FIFA Points

3rd place: $200 + 12,000 FIFA Points

4th place: $100 + 12,000 FIFA Points

Japan Specific Prizing

Prize distribution for Open Qualifiers

1st place: 2,200 FIFA Points

Prize distribution for Monthly Final

1st place: 2,200 FIFA Points

5. Game Coverage

PlayStation reserves exclusive rights to the coverage of PS4 Beta Tournament Series matches. This includes all forms of transmission, including IRC Bots, Shoutcast-streams, live broadcasts on platforms like Twitch, Youtube and the likes. PlayStation 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 PlayStation management, or ESL as a tournament organizer, before the match.

In general, PlayStation or ESL as tournament organizer, 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.

6. General Terms

Participants’ personal information will be subject to ESL privacy policy and Cookie Policy, available at for the purposes listed therein. Furthermore, Participants’ personal information will be processed for the purpose of organizing, running and monitoring the Competition and prize fulfilment, including, if Participant wins a prize, publishing (i) their name on the Winner(s) List and (ii) their name and country of residence online or in any other media in connection with the Competition.

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 on their account page.

By participating in this Competition, each Participant further agrees:

(a) That the tournament organiser’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Competition.

(b) 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.

(c) 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, the 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 the PlayStation Network Terms of Service and Users Agreement, 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.

(d) 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 FIFA20BT in the administration, marketing, and promotion of the FIFA20BT, without further consent or compensation to you, unless otherwise noted below:

Background info: Full name, country of residency, age, platform, persona (including PSN ID), likeness Social Media info: Twitter handle and Twitch account (if applicable)

(e) 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.

Commercial Rights

All commercial rights (including without limitation any and all marketing and media rights) relating to the FIFA20BT belong to Tournament Organizer and its licensors. Participant shall not associate themselves with the FIFA20BT, ESL, EA Sports, 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 FIFA20BT, 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 FIFA20BT for commercial purposes by or on behalf of participants is strictly prohibited.

“PlayStation” and “PS4” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

Appendix A: Code of Conduct

The below Code of Conduct applies to all Players in the FIFA20BT 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.

PLAYER BEHAVIOR

Competitors must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanour 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 demeanour 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 behaviour, 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.

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.

COLLUSION POLICY

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 FIFA20BT 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.

Playing on behalf of another competitor, including using a secondary account, to aid them.

Any form of match-fixing.

Agreeing to split prize money.

PENALTIES

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:

Warning

Reprimand

Forfeiture of single match

Forfeiture of all matches

Loss of awards (including prize money and other paid expenses)

Disqualification from the FIFA20BT

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 FIFA20BT and PlayStation, and/or any of its affiliates.

PLAYER SPONSORSHIP

Players in the FIFA20BT 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 FIFA20BT. 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

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 PlayStation

Tournament Organizer reserves the right to prohibit any third party at their sole discretion.

Appendix B: Countries & Age


Country

Region

Age

India

Asia

16

Hong Kong

Asia

16

Indonesia

Asia

16

Japan

Japan

16

Malaysia

Asia

16

Singapore

Asia

16

South Korea

Asia

16

Taiwan

Asia

16

Thailand

Asia

16

Austria

Europe

16

Bulgaria

Europe

16

Croatia

Europe

16

Cyprus

Europe

16

Czech Republic

Europe

16

Denmark

Europe

16

Finland

Europe

16

France

Europe

16

Germany

Europe

16

Greece

Europe

16

Hungary

Europe

16

Ireland

Europe

16

Italy

Europe

16

Luxembourg

Europe

16

Malta

Europe

16

Norway

Europe

16

Poland

Europe

16

Portugal

Europe

16

Romania

Europe

16

Russian Federation

Europe

16

Slovakia

Europe

16

Slovenia

Europe

16

Spain

Europe

16

Sweden

Europe

16

Switzerland

Europe

16

The Netherlands

Europe

16

Turkey

Europe

16

Ukraine

Europe

16

United Kingdom

Europe

16

Canada

North America

16

Mexico

North America

16

United States

North America

16

Bahrain

Middle East

16

Israel

Middle East

16

Kuwait

Middle East

16

Lebanon

Middle East

16

Oman

Middle East

16

Qatar

Middle East

16

Saudi Arabia

Middle East

16

United Arab Emirates

Middle East

16

Argentina

South America

16

Bolivia

South America

16

Brazil

South America

16

Chile

South America

16

Colombia

South America

16

Costa Rica

South America

16

Ecuador

South America

16

El Salvador

South America

16

Guatemala

South America

16

Honduras

South America

16

Nicaragua

South America

16

Panama

South America

16

Paraguay

South America

16

Peru

South America

16

Uruguay

South America

16

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