Rocket League® Universal Open - Official Rules
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Rocket League® Universal Open
ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION. DIE TEILNAHME AM PREISAUSSCHREIBEN ERFORDERT ENGLISCHE SPRACHKENNTNISSE.
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial, and local laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW AND OUTSIDE ELIGIBLE JURISDICTIONS (AS DEFINED BELOW). The Rocket League® “Universal Open” Tournament (the “Tournament”) begins May 28, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. ET (11:00 P.M. GMT) and ends August 26, 2018 at the close of play of the Finals (approximately 11:00 P.M. ET and 4:00 AM GMT) (as applicable in the local time of the participating country) (the “Tournament Period”). All times in the Tournament are listed in Eastern Time (“ET”) and Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”).
1. SPONSOR: The Tournament is sponsored by Overlord Media Limited d/b/a FACEIT (“FACEIT”), 25th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1 4QP, United Kingdom and NBC Sports Group (“NBC”), 1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902 (“FACEIT” and “NBC” collectively, “Sponsor”).
2. ELIGIBILITY: The Tournament is open only to entrants who, at the time of entry and at all times during the Tournament:
(i) have an active Steam® or XBOX LIVE® account;
(ii) own or have access to the Rocket League video game;
(iii) are legal residents of (i.e. Players who have a registered address in) (i) The North American Region (“North America”) defined as within the fifty (50) United States (including the District of Columbia) and/or Canada (except Quebec); or (ii) The European Region (“Europe”) (all of the foregoing collectively, the “Eligible Jurisdictions”). Europe is defined as including the following countries: Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Poland Portugal Slovakia Spain Sweden
CONTEST VOID IN QUEBEC, OUTSIDE OF THE ELIGIBLE JURISDICTIONS AND IF PROHIBITED BY LAW, INCLUDING IF IN THE NORTH AMERICAN REGION OR THE EUROPEAN REGION;
(iv) are at least eighteen (18) years of age and over the age of majority in their Eligible Jurisdiction as of the time of Entry (defined below), except in the United States, where participants must be at least thirteen (13) years of age at the time of entry. Any participant who has not yet reached the age of majority in his/her state/province/country must obtain the permission of his/her parent or legal guardian in order to enter and play, and if the participant wins the Tournament, the applicable Prize (defined below) will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian.
Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor or their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, representatives, consultants, contractors, legal counsel, advertising, public relations, promotional, fulfillment, and marketing agencies, website providers, web masters, content providers, producers and distributors of content (collectively, the “Tournament Entities”) and members of their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings and children, regardless of where they live) and those living in the same household (whether related or not) are not eligible to enter or win. Sponsor reserves the right to verify the eligibility of participants and winners. Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to: (i) these Official Rules for the Tournament (“Official Rules”); and, (ii) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Tournament.
3. TO ENTER: Prior to the start of the Tournament Period, each entrant must register with his/her e-mail address by following the instructions and requirements found on Tournament registration website at http://universalopen.gg, including by reading and agreeing to these Official Rules and any other terms and conditions of the Tournament registration website (the “Entry”). Each registered entrant hereunder shall be referred to as a “Player.”
By entering, each Player represents and warrants that (i) the Entry will not infringe on any rights of third parties; (ii) the Entry and Player’s participation does not violate any local, state, provincial, national or foreign law; and (iii) the Entry does not contain the confidential information of any third party, and to the extent it contains Player’s confidential information, such information immediately becomes non-confidential the moment Player submits the Entry to Sponsor.
Players agree that entering the Tournament may affect his/her legal rights, including, but not limited to, each entrant’s ability to obtain patent rights, copyright registration, trade secret protection, or other intellectual property or proprietary rights with respect to the information disclosed in the Entry. Each Player agrees that Sponsor has not induced any entrant to enter the Tournament, and is not responsible or liable to any entrant for any loss of right suffered by any entrant for entering the Tournament.
Each Player and/or Team (defined below) from North America (defined above) may enter any number of Open Qualifiers (defined below) within their region. Each Player and/or Team in Europe (defined above) may enter any number of Open Qualifiers (defined below) within their region. Entries generated by a script, macro, or other automated means or by any means that subverts the entry process will be disqualified. Entries must be received before twelve (12) hours before the first Match in the applicable Qualifier to be eligible for the Tournament. Sponsor’s computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to this Tournament. Entries that are incomplete, garbled, corrupted, or unintelligible for any reason, including, but not limited to, computer or network malfunction or congestion, are void and will not be accepted. In case of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Entry constitutes each Player’s unconditional permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant’s name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter developed, throughout the world in perpetuity (or for the duration of protection of the rights where perpetuity is void), without additional compensation, notification, permission, or approval, and consent to Sponsor doing (or omitting to do) any acts in respect of the Entry which may otherwise constitute an infringement of Player’s moral rights, to the fullest extent permitted by law. Players must comply with the applicable laws, decrees, regulations and guidelines of their Eligible Jurisdiction, and Sponsor will have no obligation to change or modify any of these Official Rules or take any further action as a result of such laws, decrees, regulations or guidelines of any Eligible Jurisdiction, except as is otherwise provided in these Official Rules.
3.1. TOURNAMENT/TEAM REQUIREMENTS: The Tournament is a regionally based competition, with online and offline components, where teams (each a “Team,” and, collectively, the “Teams”) that are comprised of two (2) Players compete to play the Rocket League video game, using either the PC/Steam version of the game or the XBOX LIVE version of the game. Players will register individually, but may then ask to be placed on a team with one (1) other Player. To be part of the same Team, both participants must agree to become teammates. In order to participate in the Tournament, each Team (and its individual Players) must meet the following criteria at all times or risk disqualification and/or forfeiture at the sole discretion of the Sponsor:
(i) Employ two (2) Players who are in compliance with all participation requirements, including these Official Rules;
(ii) Employ one (1) Player who is duly authorized to act as a Team Representative (the “Team Representative”) on behalf of the Team and its Players;
(iii) Comply with all policies, terms, and conditions of Stream and XBOX LIVE;
(iv) Read and agree to be bound these Official Rules;
(v) Players may not participate in or otherwise be affiliated with more than one (1) Team at any given time;
(vi) Each Team must play each Match with an identical roster; however, Teams may select a substitute (“Substitute”) for one (1) Player on his/her Team between the finish of their Closed Qualifier and fourteen (14) days after. Teams must revert to its original roster between competition stages if possible. Substitutes may only be used in mitigating circumstances and proof of these circumstances must be provided to the Organizer and Sponsor to decide whether to accept or decline the Substitute;
(vii) The Sponsor encourages creative Team names but reserves the right to deny Team names that do not comply with acceptable and professional norms of the Tournament, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole and unfettered discretion.
3.2 REPLACEMENT TEAMS: Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify or remove any Team (or any individual Player) from the Tournament for any reason without advance notice, at their sole discretion. If a Team is disqualified or removed from the Tournament, the Sponsor may, but is not required to, determine a replacement Team. There are numerous reasons why a Team may be disqualified or removed from the Tournament, including but not limited to the failure of a Team to field enough Players for a Tournament Match, cheating or tampering with the game, a pattern of inappropriate behavior by the Team, extreme inappropriate behavior (as determined in Sponsor’s sole discretion), failure to report inappropriate behavior, participation in conduct that is detrimental to the Tournament, or for any other reason that Sponsor determines is appropriate in its sole discretion.
4. TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The Tournament is a regional competition with two (2) regions: (i) North America (as defined in Section 2(iii), “Eligibility”) and (ii) Europe (as defined in Section 2(iii), “Eligibility”).
The Tournament has four (4) stages (the “Stages”) including:
the Qualifying Stage (the “Qualifiers”), to be held between May 28th and July 5th, 2018;
the Closed Stage (the “Closed Qualifiers”) to be held between June 26th and August 9th, 2018;
the Regional Stage (the “Regionals”), to be held between July 28th and August 11th, 2018; and
the Grand Finals (the “Grand Finals”), to be held on August 24th and August 26th, 2018.
The format for the Stages will be as follows:
(i) The Qualifiers will be Best of 3, Single Elimination;
(ii) The Closed Qualifiers will be Best of 5, Double Elimination;
(iii) The Regionals will be Best of 5, Double Elimination; and
(iv) The Grand Finals will be Best of 5, Double Elimination until we reach the final two teams at which point the format will change to Best of 7.
A Stage may be conducted in-person or online in accordance with these Official Rules or as further specified to participants by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All Teams and Players must have access to the Internet prior to the start of the Tournament. Normal Internet access, phone, and usage charges imposed by your online or service provider may apply.
4.1 TOURNAMENT RESTRICTIONS: North America Teams may enter any and as many North American Open Qualifiers as they would like but they may not enter European Open Qualifiers. If a North American team decides to enter more than one (1) North American Open Qualifier, they MUST first have been eliminated from one before entering the other. North American Teams may not qualify for more than one (1) Regional Closed Qualifier.
European Teams may enter any and as many European Open Qualifiers as they would like but they may not enter any North American Open Qualifiers. If a European team decides to enter more than one (1) European Open Qualifier, they MUST first have been eliminated from one before entering the other. European Teams may not qualify for the European Closed Qualifiers more than once.
4.2 TOURNAMENT ADVANCEMENT
From Open to Closed:
Northeast Qualifier #1: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
Northeast Qualifier #2: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
East Qualifier #1: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
East Qualifier #2: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
Central Qualifier #1: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
Central Qualifier #2: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
West Qualifier #1: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
West Qualifier #2: top eight (8) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
EU Qualifier #1: top four (4) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
EU Qualifier #2: top four (4) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
EU Qualifier #3: top four (4) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
EU Qualifier #4: top four (4) teams to advance to Closed Qualifiers
From Closed to Regionals (NA ONLY) / Grand Finals (EU ONLY):
Northeast Closed Qualifier: top four (4) teams to advance to Regional Qualifiers
East Closed Qualifier: top four (4) teams to advance to Regional Qualifiers
Central Closed Qualifier: top four (4) teams to advance to Regional Qualifiers
West Closed Qualifier: top four (4) teams to advance to Regional Qualifiers
EU Closed Qualifier: top four (4) teams to advance to Grand Finals
From Regionals to Grand Finals (NA ONLY):
Northeast Regional Qualifier: winner to advance to Grand Finals
East Regional Qualifier: winner team to advance to Grand Finals
Central Regional Qualifier: winner team to advance to Grand Finals
West Regional Qualifier: winner team to advance to Grand Finals
The Closed Qualifiers for North America and Europe will be broadcasted live by the Sponsor and as such, Teams will have to adhere to the scheduling rules as defined in the Official Closed Qualifier Rules that will be emailed to Teams upon qualifying.
The Regional Finals will be LAN based and take place in four (4) different locations in the United States dependent on the region. Teams that qualify to participate in one (1) of the four (4) Regional Finals will be required to arrive one (1) day prior to the match day to complete media obligations (photos, interviews, etc.). The Sponsor will cover the cost of accommodations for arriving one day early but teams will be responsible for all other expenses including but not limited to travel, additional accommodations, food, beverage, etc. All accommodations shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Details on the addresses and schedules for the Regional Finals will be provided to the teams as they qualify.
Locations & Dates for Regional Finals are as follows:
|East Regional Finals||Washington, DC||July 28|
|Northeast Regional Finals||New York, NY||July 29|
|Central Regional Finals||Chicago, IL||August 5|
|West Regional Finals||San Francisco, CA||August 11|
The Grand Finals will consist of eight (8) teams - one (1) winner from each North America Regional Final and the top 4 teams qualifying from the Europe Closed Qualifiers and will take place at the NBC Studios in Stamford, CT in the United States. The Teams that qualify to participate in the Grand Finals will receive (i) round-trip, coach class airline tickets; (ii) hotel accommodations (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) for five (5) nights during the Grand Finals; and (iii) a $300.00 stipend (to be split evenly among Players) per day for five (5) days to assist with travel costs to and from the NBC Studios and the accommodations. Teams that qualify for the Grand Finals will be personally responsible for paying any and all additional costs associated with travel to the Grand Finals. In the event that a minor qualifies to the Grand Finals, he or she must be accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian at all times and the parent or legal guardian must complete and return all releases on behalf of the minor. In such event, Sponsor will provide flight and hotel accommodations for only one (1) of such minor’s parents/guardians to accompany the minor to the Grand Finals.
Sponsor will, in their sole discretion, determine which airport is closest to the Player’s home. If Player resides within a one hundred fifty (150) mile radius of Stamford, Connecticut in the United States, the Sponsor reserves the right to substitute round-trip ground transportation to/from Player’s residence in lieu of air transportation. Travel is subject to availability and blackout dates. Player is responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents. All travel arrangements will be made at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor’s agent and on an airline carrier of Sponsor’s choice. Player must be available to travel on dates specified by Sponsor or risk forfeit. Certain travel restrictions may apply. Player is also responsible for obtaining travel insurance (and all other forms of insurance) at his/her option and hereby acknowledge that Sponsor has not and will not obtain or provide travel insurance or any other form of insurance. No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Travel is subject to the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and those set forth by Sponsor’s airline carrier of choice as detailed in the passenger ticket contract.
4.1 MATCH PROCEDURES, SETTINGS, AND RULES: The Teams must play each match (a “Match”), in accordance with the procedures and settings set forth in these Official Rules and on the Sponsor’s website (https://www.universalopen.gg). For example, Matches should not be paused once started. If these procedures and settings are not followed by a participating Team, the Team may be disqualified by the Sponsor at their sole discretion.
4.2 PLAYER CONDUCT: Players and Teams are responsible for reporting any misconduct, unsportsmanlike behavior, cheating or other disruptive behavior to the Sponsor. Teams are expected to play at their best at all points during any Match and will maintain behaviors consistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, and fair play. Unfair conduct includes but is not limited to Collusion, Hacking, Exploiting, Ringing, Intentional disconnection, or other cheating methods. Sponsor maintains the sole right in judgment for violations of these Official Rules and standards of integrity for competitive play. A Player may not use language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, or otherwise offensive or objectionable. Likewise, Players may not promote or incite hatred or discriminatory conduct during the Tournament. Players may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at another Player, Tournament official, fan, or any other party or incite others to do the same which is abusive, insulting, mocking, or disruptive. No Team Player may refuse or fail to apply the reasonable instructions or decisions of Tournament officials. Any person found to have engaged in any act which the Sponsor believes, in their sole discretion, breaks any of the rules in these Official Rules, or does not align with the spirit of these Official Rules, will be subject to a penalty. The nature and extent of the penalties imposed will be in the sole discretion of the Sponsor and in accordance with these Official Rules.
Teams and Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. It is each Player’s responsibility to know and understand the Official Rules as they exist during the Tournament. Any form of cheating will not be tolerated. If the Sponsor determines that a Team and/or Player is cheating or otherwise interfering with the Tournament, the Team and/or Player will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Tournament and may be restricted from participating in any events in the future. Examples of cheating would include, but are not limited to (i) actions to maliciously and 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 Tournament, and if the Sponsor determines that a Team and/or Player is colluding or match fixing, the Team and/or Player will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Tournament; (ii) attempts to interfere with another Team’s and/or Player’s connection to the Match service platform through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means; and/or (iii) any incidence of Players allowing individuals who are not the Players to play on an Player’s Steam or XBOX LIVE account in any of the Tournament Matches.
Players are not allowed to place or attempt to place wagers on any Matches or actions in, or around, any of the Tournament Matches. Should the Sponsor determine that a Player commits, or threatens to commit, violent acts against any other Player in the Tournament, a Sponsor representative, or any spectator of the Tournament, or engages in any unsportsmanlike behavior, the Player may be disqualified from the Tournament. The Sponsor reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any Player suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Tournament; or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to be in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by the Sponsor to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.
In the event that a Team and/or Player and/or guest engages in behavior during travel to the Regionals and/or Grand Finals that (as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal, or that is intended to threaten or harass any other person, or that in any way disparages or adversely affects the reputation, image, and/or customer goodwill of the Sponsor or any of Sponsor’s services, products, trademarks, service marks, or logos, the Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Team, and send Team and/or guest(s) home with no further obligations or compensation whatsoever to the Team and/or guest(s) (which may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, result in such Team’s disqualification from the Tournament and forfeiture of any (and/or all) prize(s). In the event that the Team and/or Player and/or guest(s) engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in their sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects Team and/or Player and/or guest(s) to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by Team and/or Player and/or guest(s) as a result of such conduct. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, AND SUBJECT TO THE EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES (DEFINED BELOW), SPONSORS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEATH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY PARTICIPATION, TRAVEL OR USE OR MISUSE OF PRIZE RELATED TO THE TOURNAMENT.
5. WINNING TEAM: The eight (8) Teams that qualify for the Grand Finals in accordance with the Official Rules will be considered the Tournament winners, subject to verification in accordance with these Official Rules (the “Winners,” each a “Winner”) and upon such verification will be entitled to a Prize (defined below). Winners will be notified on or about September 3, 2018 by an appropriate method. Except where legally prohibited, the Winners (specifically, each winning Team’s Players) will be required to complete and return (or have their parent/legal guardian sign if a Winning Team’s Player is a minor), an Affidavit and/or Declaration/Certification of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release in order to claim his/her prize.
Where required by the applicable laws of the potential Winner’s Eligible Jurisdiction, potential Winner will receive a document called “eligibility/publicity release” designed to obtain his/her free consent to use his/her full name, likeness, city of residence and Submission for promotional purposes and without additional compensation. In any case, a lack of consent does not prevent such potential Winner from receiving the prize.
In the event that a Winner is disqualified for any reason, such Winner (including both the Players on the winning Team) will be deemed to have forfeited the Prize with no further rights and the Prize will be distributed among the remaining Winners as described below. Noncompliance with the foregoing, failure to abide by these Official Rules, or return of the prize notification as non-deliverable may result in disqualification and naming of a replacement Team. In the event that a Team is disqualified or forfeits during the Qualifiers and Regionals Stages, the Sponsor may, but is not required to, determine a replacement Team that must satisfy all eligibility requirements of each of the aforementioned Stages. In the event that a Team is disqualified during the Grand Finals, the Sponsor will not determine a replacement Team and the Prize will be distributed among the remaining Winners.
THE WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY SPONSOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE TOURNAMENT. AN ENTRANT IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE UNLESS AND UNTIL ENTRANT’S ELIGIBILITY HAS BEEN VERIFIED AND ENTRANT HAS BEEN NOTIFIED THAT VERIFICATION IS COMPLETE.
6. REGIONAL FINAL PRIZE: There will be four (4) Regional Finals prizes (“Prizes,” each a “Prize”) for each region; one (1) Prize will be awarded to each Winner. Each Prize will be determined by each Winner’s finishing position among the four (4) Regional Finals Teams per region (“Finishing Position”). Each Finishing Position will be assigned a U.S. dollar amount and a Euro equivalent based on the sliding scale (“Scale”) set forth below for the three thousand, five hundred dollar ($3,500.00 USD) prize pool (the “Prize Pool”). Each Prize will be distributed evenly among the Players of a winning Team. For the avoidance of any doubt: fifty-percent (50%) to Player 1; and, fifty-percent (50%) to Player 2 from the same Team.
Regional Finals Prize Scale Per Region
Finishing Position Prize
Total Prize Pool Per Region $3,500
Total of 4 Regions $14,000
7. GRAND FINAL PRIZE: There will be eight (8) Grand Finals prizes (“Prizes,” each a “Prize”); one (1) Prize will be awarded to each Winner. Each Prize will be determined by each Winner’s finishing position among the eight (8) Grand Finals Teams (“Finishing Position”). Each Finishing Position will be assigned a U.S. dollar amount based on the sliding scale (“Scale”) set forth below for the eight-four thousand dollar ($86,000.00 USD) prize pool (the “Prize Pool”). Each Prize will be distributed evenly among the Players of a winning Team. For the avoidance of any doubt: fifty-percent (50%) to Player 1; and, fifty-percent (50%) to Player 2 from the same Team.
Grand Finals Prize Scale
Finishing Position Prize
Estimated Retail Value (“ERV”) of each Prize as set forth above will be determined by Winner’s allocated portion of the Prize Pool as well as the Winner’s Eligible Jurisdiction. Actual Retail Value (“ARV”) of each Prize will be the same as the ERV of such Prize. All cash prizes will be paid in U.S. Currency, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entrants should be aware that to the extent any prize is to be awarded via check, such process of cashing in a winning check may result in deductions by clearing banks over which Sponsor has no control.
For any Prize with an ARV of six hundred dollars ($600) or greater, Sponsor will furnish an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 to a United States Winner, or the relevant tax form to an international Winner, for the ARV of Prize for the year in which Prize was won.
AWARDS OF PRIZES TO POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO THE EXPRESS REQUIREMENT THAT THEY SUBMIT TO SPONSOR ALL DOCUMENTATION REQUESTED BY SPONSOR TO PERMIT IT TO COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, PROVINCIAL, LOCAL OR OTHER TAX REPORTING LAW OR REGULATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN THEIR RESPECTIVE ELIGIBLE JURISDICTION. ALL PRIZES WILL BE NET OF ANY TAXES SPONSOR IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO WITHOLD.
TO THE EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, AS APPLICABLE, VAT TAXES AND CUSTOMS WHICH ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNERS. Refusal by any potential Winner to submit such documentation or complete any required forms or obligations shall result in such Winner forfeiting the prize, leaving it unclaimed
Teams who have qualified for the Regionals and/or Grand Finals MUST submit an invoice to Overlord Media Ltd. to claim their Prize(s). A representative of the Sponsor will forward an invoice template to each Team or Player and they must then complete the requested information and send back to the Sponsor representative.
PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Any and all applicable federal, provincial, state, and local taxes and all fees, costs and expenses related to acceptance and use of Prize not specifically stated herein, including but not limited to, social contributions, VAT taxes, change of air travel fees, ground transportation, automobile insurance, meals, incidentals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees and/or other expenses, are the responsibility solely of winning Team. Prize cannot be substituted, assigned, or transferred by Winner; however, Sponsor reserves the right to make equivalent prize substitutions at their sole discretion. Only the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules are available to be won in the Tournament. If, by reason of a print or other error, more prizes are claimed than the number set forth in these Official Rules, an alternate winner will be selected in accordance with the winner selection method described above from among all eligible claimants making purportedly valid claims to award the advertised number of prizes available.
8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Void where prohibited by law. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE AND/OR SPONSOR PLATFORM ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TOURNAMENT OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE TOURNAMENT MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW, AND, SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE AND SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Sponsor reserves the right at their sole discretion to disqualify any Team and/or Player it finds to be attempting to tamper with or undermine the entry process, the website, and/or the legitimate operation of the Tournament; to violate the Official Rules; or to act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. The failure of Sponsor to comply with any provision of these Official Rules due to an act of God, hurricane, war, fire, riot, earthquake, terrorism, act of public enemies, actions of governmental authorities outside of the control of Sponsor (excepting compliance with applicable codes and regulations), or other “force majeure” event will not be considered a breach of these Official Rules. Players acknowledge and agree that their participation in this Tournament are not and do not create any confidential, fiduciary, employment, agency or other special relationship between each Player and Sponsor.
To the extent permitted by applicable law, and subject to the Non-Excludable Guarantees (defined below), Sponsor and their agents are not responsible for (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Tournament; (2) technical issues or failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or hardware, software or internet issues; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Tournament; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Tournament or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Tournament or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If technical issues arise, Matches should be continued as normal by the Players once such issues are resolved; in the case of a server crash, difficulty in contacting the network or other unforeseen circumstances, it is the Team Representative’s responsibility to contact the Sponsor for assistance. If, for any reason, the Tournament is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsor, which corrupt or affect the operation, administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Tournament, and/or as a result of any applicable law, regulation, decree or guideline, Sponsor may, in their sole discretion, void any suspect entries and (a) modify the Tournament or suspend the Tournament to address the impairment and then resume the Tournament in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules; and/or (b) award the Prize to an alternate potential winner in accordance with the winner selection criteria described above.
9. PUBLICITY; LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY AND RELEASES: BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS TOURNAMENT, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, AND SUBJECT TO THE NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES (DEFINED BELOW), ENTRANT AGREES THAT SPONSORS AND THEIR PARENT COMPANIES, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, LEGAL COUNSEL, ADVERTISING, PUBLIC RELATIONS, PROMOTIONAL, FULFILLMENT AND MARKETING, WEBSITE PROVIDERS, WEB MASTERS, CONTENT PROVIDERS, PRODUCERS AND DISTRIBUTORS OF CONTENT AND EACH OF THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”) WILL HAVE NO LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR, AND SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY ENTRANTS AGAINST, ANY LIABILITY FOR ANY INJURIES, LOSSES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND TO PERSONS, INCLUDING PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR PROPERTY RESULTING IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, FROM ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR USE OF THE PRIZE, ENTRY OR PARTICIPATION IN THIS TOURNAMENT OR IN ANY TOURNAMENT RELATED ACTIVITY, OR ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS, DEFAMATION OR INVASION OF PRIVACY, OR MERCHANDISE DELIVERY. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF ANY PRIZE CANNOT BE AWARDED DUE TO CANCELLATIONS, DELAYS, OR INTERRUPTIONS DUE TO ACTS OF GOD, ACTS OF WAR, NATURAL DISASTERS, WEATHER, OR TERRORISM. BY PARTICIPATING IN THIS TOURNAMENT, ENTRANT AGREES THAT THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES TO PERSONS, INCLUDING DEATH, OR TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF ACCESS TO AND USE OF ANY WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TOURNAMENT OR THE DOWNLOADING FROM AND/OR PRINTING MATERIAL DOWNLOADED FROM SUCH SITE.
EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, PARTICIPATION IN THIS TOURNAMENT SHALL CONSTITUTE AND SIGNIFY THE PARTICIPANT’S AGREEMENT AND CONSENT THAT SPONSOR AND THEIR DESIGNEES MAY USE THE PARTICIPANT’S NAME, GAMER TAG, NICKNAME OR ALIAS, CITY, STATE, IMAGE OR LIKENESS, BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND/OR PRIZE INFORMATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT FOR PROMOTIONAL, ADVERTISING OR OTHER PURPOSES, WORLDWIDE, IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVELOPED, INCLUDING THE INTERNET, WITHOUT LIMITATION AND WITHOUT FURTHER PAYMENT, NOTIFICATION, PERMISSION OR OTHER CONSIDERATION, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, ALL ENTRIES AND MATERIALS SUBMITTED TO SPONSOR OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT (“SUBMISSIONS”), ALONG WITH ALL COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK AND OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND FREE OF CHARGE ASSIGNED BY YOU TO SPONSOR AND BECOME THE PROPERTY OF SPONSOR AND/OR ADMNISTRATOR UPON SUBMISSION, AND SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO ANY ENTRANT. FURTHERMORE, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, TEAMS UNDERSTAND THAT SPONSOR AND/OR THEIR RESPECTIVE AGENTS WILL VIDEO, PHOTOGRAPH AND OTHERWISE DOCUMENT THE TOURNAMENT (“FOOTAGE”). PLAYER AND/OR TEAM AGREES THAT SPONSOR SHALL OWN THE FOOTAGE AND SUBMISSIONS AND THAT, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, SPONSOR, THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES, ASSIGNEES AND LICENSEES SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT, EXPLOIT, ADAPT, DISTRIBUTE, POST, CREATE DERIVATIVE WORKS FROM, AND OTHERWISE USE THE FOOTAGE OR SUBMISSIONS, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, AND IN COMBINATION WITH OTHER MATERIALS, IN ANY MANNER, FOR ANY ADVERTISING, PROMOTIONAL, TRADE, COMMERCIAL OR OTHER PURPOSES IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER DEVELOPED, WORLDWIDE IN PERPETUITY, WITHOUT FURTHER PAYMENT OR CONSIDERATION, NOTIFICATION OR PERMISSION. SUBJECT TO THE NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES, SPONSOR SHALL NOT INCUR ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER TO THE EXTENT SPONSOR CHOOSE TO REFRAIN FROM ANY EXPLOITATION OF THEIR RIGHTS HEREUNDER. EACH TEAM AND/OR PLAYER WILL INDEMNIFY SPONSORS, RELEASED PARTIES AND ANY LICENSEE OF SPONSOR AND/OR ANY PROMOTIONAL PARTNER AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, DAMAGES, LIABILITIES, AND EXPENSES (INCLUDING REASONABLE COUNSEL FEES AND LEGAL EXPENSES) ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THESE TERMS.
WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, EVERYTHING REGARDING THIS TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING EACH WEBSITE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS TOURNAMENT AND ALL PRIZES, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW (I) THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES ON APPLICABLE STATUTORY RIGHTS; AND (II) LIMITATIONS ON A CONTRACTING PARTY’S LIABILITY WITH REGARDS TO DAMAGES OR DEATH CAUSED DUE TO ITS NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY IN SOME CASES. THIS LIMITATION MAY NOT BE ENFORCEABLE IN ALL JURISDICTIONS AND THEREFORE MAY NOT APPLY TO ALL ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS. FURTHER, NOTHING IN THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS EXCLUDES OR MODIFIES OR PURPORTS TO LIMIT, EXCLUDE OR MODIFY ANY STATUTORY CONSUMER GUARANTEES OR ANY IMPLIED CONDITION OR WARRANTY, THE EXCLUSION OF WHICH FROM THESE OFFICIAL RULES WOULD CONTRAVENE ANY STATUTE OR CAUSE ANY PART OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO BE VOID (“NON-EXCLUDABLE GUARANTEES”). CHECK LOCAL LAWS FOR ANY RESTRICTIONS OR LIMITATIONS REGARDING THESE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS.
10. DISPUTES: To the fullest extent permitted by law, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Tournament or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York or the appropriate State Court located in New York; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Tournament, but in no event attorneys’ fees or other costs of bringing a claim; (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental, exemplary, and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased, and, (4) in no event shall entrants rescind this agreement or seek injunctive or any other equitable relief. IF THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM IS NOT OTHERWISE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR MEDIATION, IT SHALL THEN BE RESOLVED BY FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY JUDICIAL ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION SERVICES, INC., IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS STREAMLINED ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS THEREOF (“JAMS RULES”). THE JAMS RULES FOR SELECTION OF AN ARBITRATOR SHALL BE FOLLOWED, EXCEPT THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL BE EXPERIENCED AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN NEW YORK. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, and/or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Tournament, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York.
12. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: For the names of the Winners as well as country, city and/or state of residence, as applicable, available after August 26, 2018, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by September 26, 2018 to: Rocket League® Universal Open, 1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902, Attn: _________.
If one or more provisions of these Official Rules shall be found invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provisions of these Official Rules shall not be affected in any way thereby.
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