Overwatch Open Division - Ruleset
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- Overwatch Open Division - Match Format, and Scheduling.
- Match Structure and Rules
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- Technical Issues
- Overwatch Open Division Prizing
- Player Conduct
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1. ELIGIBILITY. BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (“BLIZZARD”) IS THE SPONSOR OF THIS OVERWATCH OPEN DIVISION TOURNAMENT SERIES (“OPEN WATCH OPEN DIVISION,” OR “COMPETITION”).
THE TOURNAMENT IS OPEN ONLY TO PLAYERS WHO:
(I) HAVE AN ACTIVE BATTLE.NET ACCOUNT THAT IS IN GOOD STANDING
(II) WHO HAVE OBTAINED A SKILL RATING OF AT LEAST 3,500 DURING THE SEASON IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE CURRENT TOURNAMENT SEASON OF THE OVERWATCH IN-GAME COMPETITIVE QUEUE; (III) WHO, AS OF THE START OF EACH SEASON DURING THE TOURNAMENT SERIES, ARE OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF CITIZENSHIP, OR WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF THIRTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THEIR PARENT OR GUARDIAN
(IV) RESIDE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, CHILE, MEXICO, SWEDEN, FINLAND, NORWAY, ICELAND DENMARK, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, POLAND, HUNGARY, CZECH REPUBLIC, ROMANIA, GREECE, BULGARIA, CROATIA, SLOVAKIA, SERBIA, SLOVENIA, MALTA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, MACEDONIA, FRANCE, NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG, TURKEY, ISRAEL, SOUTH AFRICA, CYPRUS, EGYPT, QATAR, BAHRAIN, TUNISIA, MOROCCO, ALGERIA, UNITED KINGDOM, IRELAND, SPAIN, ITALY, PORTUGAL, THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, UKRAINE, LITHUANIA, BELARUS, ESTONIA, KAZAKHSTAN, LATVIA, GEORGIA, THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA, JAPAN SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA, INDONESIA, VIETNAM, THAILAND, THE PHILIPPINES, INDIA, TAIWAN, HONG KONG, MACAU, THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND SOUTH KOREA (“PLAYERS”).
Blizzard directors, officers and employees of Blizzard, its respective parents, affiliate companies, subsidiaries, agents, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies (collectively, “Released Parties”), and immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and household members, whether or not related, of each are not eligible to enter or win any prizes in this Tournament. All applicable laws and regulations apply. An individual entrant may only win one prize during the Tournament.
2.1 The Overwatch Open Division is a regionally based, online, competition, where teams that are comprised of up to six (6) Players, and two substitutes, compete as part of a team (“Team(s)”) to play the PC version of Overwatch. Players form Teams and will add Players as needed to complete a roster. None of the Team members may be associated with more than one Team in this Overwatch Open Division.
2.1.1 Starters. Each Team must sign up and hold a minimum of six (6) players for each match played. Failure to field a complete roster may result in a forfeit.
2.1.2 Substitutes. Each Team may sign up to two (2) substitute players. These players may replace Starters for any match within the Overwatch Open Division. Substitutions may only be made between maps.
2.1.3 Team Name. Team names must be approved by Overwatch Open Division administrators. Team names may be denied at any time that may not reflect the professional standards of the Overwatch Open Division. Affected teams will be required to submit and play under another approved name.
2.1.4 Team Tags. Teams must submit a tag of 2-6 characters. This tag will be placed on the in-game scoreboard and on other broadcast materials. Team tags must be submitted to Blizzard’s Overwatch Open Division administrator for approval.
2.1.5 Sponsorships. Teams can freely acquire sponsors, but must follow Blizzard’s restrictions regarding sponsorships (see Section 10.5).
2.1.6 Streaming. Players may stream any portion of Overwatch Open Division games in which they are participating if the content of that stream is delayed by at least 3 minutes.
2.1.7 The North American Region will be made up of Teams from the United States and Canada.
2.1.8 Teams made up of Brazilian players will make up the Brazil region.
2.1.9 The LatAm Region will be made up of Teams from Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.
2.1.10 The Western European Region will be made up of Teams from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Malta, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Cyprus, Egypt, Qatar, Bahrain, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark. and Portugal.
2.1.11 The Eastern European Region will be made up of Teams from Russian Federation, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.
2.1.12 Teams made up of players from Japan will make up the Japan region.
2.1.13 The Southeast Asia Region will be made up of Teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines and India.
2.1.14 The Taiwan Region will be made up of players from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.
2.1.15 Teams made up of players from China will make up the China region.
2.1.16 Teams made up of players from Australia and New Zealand will make up the ANZ region.
2.1.17 Teams made up of players from South Korea will make up the Korea region.
3. Overwatch Open Division - Match Format, and Scheduling.
3.1 Match Format. Teams will play Best of 7 maps in each matchup of the Overwatch Open Division.
3.1.1 Tiebreakers. In case of a tie, a Best-of-1 Control Point (Nepal) will be played to determine the winner of the matchup.
3.1.2 Map Rotation. Each Best of 7 match will be including the following game modes in this order: Control / Escort / Assault / Hybrid / Control / Escort / Hybrid
3.1.3 Map Choices. The team on the LEFT in the match room on FACEIT has the first map pick from the Control map pool. Note: Which team is left/right is randomized by the FACEIT platform. The loser of this map will choose the next map from the Escort map pool. For each subsequent match, the loser will choose the next map from the appropriate map pool. Once a map has been selected, it is eliminated from the map pool for the remainder of the match.
3.1.4 Map Pools. The following map pools will be used for each Best of 7 match in the tournament:
- Control – Ilios / Lijiang Tower / Oasis
- Escort – Dorado / Gibraltar
- Assault – Horizon / Temple of Anubis
- Hybrid – King’s Row / Eichenwalde / Hollywood
3.2 Regular Season - Swiss Format.
3.2.1 Week 1. All teams will be randomly matched up against an opponent who have also signed up for the Overwatch Open Division.
3.2.2 Week 2 – 8. Based off a team’s record, teams will randomly play another team with the same record each week within the Overwatch Open Division. In case of an odd number of teams with the same standings, a random team will be granted a win that week.
3.2.3 Week 8. After the completion of Week 8, the top 8 teams will advance to the playoffs of the Overwatch Open Division. If more than 8 teams have the same record at the end of week 8, another week of play will be played where teams are randomly matched against each other with the same standings. Winners of the tiebreaker will advance to the playoffs. Tiebreak matches will be played as Best of 3.
3.3.1 Monday. Teams will receive their scheduled matchup each Monday of the regular Season of the Overwatch Open Division.
3.3.2 Saturday. By default, the suggested match date is every Saturday, 19:00 CEST; for added flexibility, teams may suggest an alternative time on Saturday, +/- 3 hours of 19:00 CEST. Matches must have started between 16:00 & 22:00 CEST every Saturday. Blizzard may, at its sole discretion and determination, provide a match schedule for Saturdays.
3.3.3 Sunday. All results and disputes must be sent in to the Overwatch Open Division administrators.
3.4 Playoffs – Single Elimination
3.4.1 Playoff Teams. The top 8 teams from the regular season will advance to the playoffs of the Overwatch Open Division.
3.4.2 Playoff Format. Teams will be randomly seeded into a single elimination tournament. Matches will be played as a Best-of-5, except for the Finals, which will be Best-of-7
3.4.3 Duration. The Overwatch Open Division playoffs will be played over the course of 2 days.
3.4.4 Schedule. Tournament administrators will provide match dates in which each match will be played in the playoffs at least 5 days ahead of the given match date.
3.4.5 Standings. Team Standings will be based on the win-loss records of the Teams. Teams will earn a Win or Loss at the completion of their match. Teams will be matched with another team each week with the same tournament standings.
4. Match Structure and Rules.
4.1 Starting Roster. Only a team’s 6 players and 2 substitutes that were confirmed by Blizzard at roster lock are eligible to participate in Overwatch Open Division matches.
4.2 Scheduling Changes. Blizzard may, at its sole discretion, reorder the schedule of matches within a given day and/or change the date of a match to a different date or otherwise modify the schedule of matches. If the schedule is thus modified, Carbon Entertainment will notify all Teams at the earliest convenience.
4.3 Online Check-in. All members of each Team who are participating in the Event must be online and ready to play at the time designated by Blizzard. This includes a fully updated Battle.net client, Discord readiness, and any other logistics which are required for each player to participate in the Event.
4.4 Rule enforcement. All rules are open to an administrator’s interpretation and will have final say on any rulings. Rules may be changed by the Overwatch Open Division administrators at any time, but will make all teams aware before doing so.
4.4.1 Team Captains must report to Tournament administrators any of the following:
- Results of a match
- Any pauses that may occur during match play along with a reasoning for each pause.
- Any rule violations.
4.4.2 Screenshots: Teams must take screenshots of their match results. This is the only way to prove who won the match. Teams shall upload the collected map screenshots to imgur / gyazo and provide links in their match rooms on FACEIT.
4.5 Patch. All matches will be played on the current Overwatch patch, as available on the Live Overwatch servers.
4.6 Hero or Map Bans. In the extreme case a bug exists within the current patch of Overwatch, the tournament administrator may enforce a map or hero ban before any match played. In the event of a map or hero ban, that banned map or hero may not be played. If a map is banned, a replacement map will be selected by the tournament administrators.
4.7 Delay of Match Start. Players must start within 5 minutes of the assigned match time. Any delays must be reported immediately to a tournament administrator’s attention. Penalties, such as forfeit of the match, may be enforced.
5. Match Settings.
5.1 “Team A” will be responsible for creating Custom Game lobby for the first map, and inviting the opposing team captains.
5.1.1 Both team captains will be responsible for inviting the remaining members of their team.
5.1.2 Game lobbies for subsequent games in a match will be created by the team that lost the previous map.
5.1.3 Custom Match Settings
- Rule Set: Competitive
- Map rotation: After a game
- Map Order: Single Map
- Return to Lobby: After a Game
- Map Control Point: All
- Map Option: Disable all maps except for the map that is to be played.
- Hero Options:
- Hero selection limit: 1 Per Team (All heroes are allowed)
- Allow Hero Switching: On
- Role Selection Limit: None
- Respawn as random hero: Off
- Gameplay Options:
- High bandwidth: On
- Control game mode format: Best of 5
- Health modifier: 100%
- Damage modifier: 100%
- Healing modifier: 100%
- Ultimate charge rate modifier: 100%
- Respawn time modifier: 100%
- Ability cooldown modifier: 100%
- Disable skins: Off
- Disable health bars: Off
- Disable kill cam: On
- Disable kill feed: Off
- Headshots only: Off
6. Game Rules.
6.1 Pauses. Teams are allowed 5 minutes of pause time for each map of a match.
6.2 Game Restart. In case of a server crash or other unforeseen circumstances, a tournament administrator may assess a game restart, which will be communicated to each Team Captain.
6.2.1 Examples. May include, but are not limited to:
- Incorrect Game settings or map
- Server crash
7. Technical Issues.
7.1 Teams are responsible for any of their own technical issues, including hardware, software, or internet issues. Matches are to be continued as normal if these issues arise.
8.1 Teams may only use substitutes that were checked-in prior to the close of roster locks.
8.2 Substitutions may only be made between maps.
9. OVERWATCH OPEN DIVISION PRIZING. Each season, the following prizes will be awarded:
9.1 The Team that finishes in First Place in its region will have $50.00 in Blizzard Balance added to each team member’s Battle.net Account.
9.2 The Team that finishes in Second Place in its region will have $40.00 in Blizzard Balance added to each team member’s Battle.net Account.
9.3 The Teams that finish in Third and Fourth Place in its region will have $30.00 in Blizzard Balance added to each team member’s Battle.net Account.
9.4 The Teams that finish in Fifth through Eight Place in its region will have $20.00 in Blizzard Balance added to each team member’s Battle.net Account.
9.5 Each Player who is signed onto a Team roster at the beginning of the season, including substitutes, who complete all their matches within the regular season, but do not advance to the top 8, each player on the roster, including substitutes, will earn a participation prize of $10.00 Blizzard Balance that will be added to the Player’s account within 30 days of the completion of the regular season that the Player competed in.
Prizes are not transferable. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of any prizes will be permitted, except that Blizzard reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any prize. All prizes are awarded "AS IS" and WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied (including, without limitation, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose). STATE, LOCAL TAXES, INCLUDING VAT TAXES WHICH ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF ANY PRIZES, ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
10. PLAYER CONDUCT.
10.1 Competition Conduct
10.1.1 Reporting Disruptive Behavior. Players and teams are responsible for reporting any misconduct, unsportsmanlike behavior, cheating or other disruptive behavior to the Overwatch Open Division admins.
10.1.2 Competitive Integrity. Teams are expected to play at their best at all points during any Event game 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. Tournament administrators maintain the sole right in judgement for violations of these rules and standards of integrity for competitive play.
10.1.3 Profanity and Hate Speech. 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 Event.
10.1.4 Disruptive Behavior. Players may not take any action or perform any gesture directed at another player, Event Official, fan, or any other party or incite others to do the same which is abusive, insulting, mocking, or disruptive.
10.1.5 Non-Compliance. No Team Member may refuse or fail to apply the reasonable instructions or decisions of Event Officials.
10.1.6 Subjection to Penalty. Any person found to have engaged in any act which the tournament administrator believes breaks any of the rules in this document or does not align with the spirit of these rules, in the sole discretion of the tournament administrator, will be subject to penalty. The nature and extent of the penalties imposed will be in the sole discretion of the tournament administrators.
10.2.1 Players must compete to the best of their ability at all times. It is each Eligible Participant’s responsibility to know and understand the rules as they exist during the Overwatch Open Division period. Any form of cheating will not be tolerated. If Blizzard determines that an Eligible Participant is cheating or otherwise interfering with the Overwatch Open Division, the Eligible Participant will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Overwatch Open Division and may be restricted from participating in any events in the future, and have all of their licenses to all Blizzard Entertainment games revoked. Players may be requested to install software on their computers for the duration of the Overwatch Open Division which is specially designed to detect cheating. Examples of cheating would include, without limitation:
10.2.2 Actions to maliciously intentionally alter, or attempt to alter, the results of any match, including losing a match to advance one Team or another Team’s position in the Overwatch Open Division. If Blizzard determines that an Eligible Participant is colluding or match fixing, the Eligible Participant will be immediately disqualified and removed from the Overwatch Open Division and may be restricted from participating in future events and have all of his or her licenses to all Blizzard games revoked; and
10.2.3 Attempts to interfere with another Eligible Participant’s connection to the Game service through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) or any other means; and
10.2.4 Any incidence of Players allowing individuals who are not the Players to play on an Eligible Participant’s Battle.net account in any of Blizzard games.
ALL PLAYERS MUST BE VERIFIED BY BLIZZARD TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY PRIOR TO BEING DECLARED A WINNER (AS DEFINED BELOW) AND/OR RECEIVING ANY PRIZE. DISPLAY OF STATISTICS IN THE GAME (E.G. ON A LEADERBOARD) DURING THE OVERWATCH OPEN DIVISION PERIOD DOES NOT ENTITLE ANY ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT TO A PRIZE.
10.3 Gambling. Players are not allowed to place or attempt to place wagers on any matches or actions in, or around, any Blizzard title.
10.4 Unsportsmanlike Behavior. Should Blizzard determine that an Eligible Participant commits, or threatens to commit, violent acts against any other Eligible Participant in the Overwatch Open Division, a Blizzard representative, or any spectator of the Overwatch Open Division, or engages in any unsportsmanlike behavior, the Eligible Participant may be disqualified from the Overwatch Open Division. Blizzard reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Overwatch Open Division; or to be acting in any manner deemed by Blizzard to be in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by Blizzard to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE RELATED TO THE OVERWATCH OPEN DIVISION OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE OVERWATCH OPEN DIVISION IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, BLIZZARD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
10.5 Restricted Sponsorships.
10.5.1 Blizzard wants you to be successful in your efforts to build your own brand and sponsorship opportunities. However, in order to preserve the reputation of Blizzard and the Tournament, Blizzard needs to place some restrictions on sponsor categories.
10.5.2 The following sponsor categories will not be allowed for any player participating in the Tournament and/or Tournament Events:
- Pornography (or materials that Blizzard, in its sole discretion, determines are the equivalent of pornography);
- Tobacco or cigarettes, including vaping products;
- Narcotics, or similar controlled substances;
- Gambling, including websites that offer gambling;
- Any person or entity that offers products or services that Blizzard determines are detrimental to the Overwatch Open Division or Blizzard’s business or that give one player an unfair advantage over another player, including hacking, gold selling services, account sellers and key sellers.
10.5.3 In addition, Blizzard needs to preserve the right to have enterprise-wide sponsorships or sponsorships for particular game titles or particular events in order to fund the development and expansion of the Overwatch Open Division and related events. Accordingly, Blizzard may designate certain sponsors or product categories as “reserved.” Players participating in the Overwatch Open Division and related events will not be permitted to accept sponsorships from reserved sponsors or in reserved categories.
10.6 Penalties. The following are a list of penalties which may be incurred for any violation.
10.6.1 Verbal Warning(s)
10.6.2 Loss of Side Selection for Current or Future Game(s)
10.6.3 Loss of Map Choice for Current or Future Game(s)
10.6.4 Loss of Ban for Current or Future Game(s)
10.6.5 Prize Forfeiture(s)
10.6.6 Game Forfeiture(s)
10.6.7 Match Forfeiture(s)
11. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL DATA.
11.1 Blizzard collected the information necessary to operate the Competition at the time that you registered your Blizzard Account, and without limiting Blizzard’s rights under its Online Privacy Policies, Blizzard will use such information to contact you for matters and events related to the operation of the Tournament.
12. GENERAL RELEASE.
As a condition to being allowed to participate in this Competition and to the greatest extent permitted by the applicable laws and regulations, Players agree to release and hold harmless Released Parties from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Competition or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
Players agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Blizzard and Organizer, which are final and binding in all respects. Blizzard reserves the right, subject to the approval of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Competition or any entrant's participation in the Competition should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes affect the administration, security or proper play of the Competition or Blizzard otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Competition as planned. Players who violate these Official Rules, tamper with the operation of the Competition or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Blizzard, the Competitions or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Blizzard's sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Competition. Blizzard reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Competition. All disputes that arise out of or relate to the Competition, a Competition event or these Official Rules, or the breach thereof, shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the United States of America and the law of the State of Delaware, without regard to choice of law principles, provided that Blizzard shall have the right to disqualify any players that are rendered ineligible due to local law. If you are a resident of Quebec, you may submit any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Competition, please e-mail them to or send written questions to “Overwatch Open Division - Information Request,” 1 Blizzard Way, Irvine, CA 92618, or to [email protected].
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