TEKKEN World Tour
Official League Rules
Last updated August 8, 2019
The TEKKEN World Tour competitions (the “League”) are brought to you by Twitch Interactive, Inc. (“Twitch”). The League is comprised of competitive esports gaming tournaments, featuring TEKKEN 7 (the “Title Game”), developed by Bandai Namco Studios (“Bandai Namco”) and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (“BNE”).
As set forth more fully in Section 3, entitled “League Format”, the League consists of certain “Tournaments” (as defined below) where Players compete to win Points and such Points are tracked on a Leaderboard to determine the rankings of Players in the League. The nineteen (19) highest-ranked Players from the Leaderboard will be invited to participate in the year-end TEKKEN World Tour Finals alongside the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier.
These Official League Rules (“Official Rules”) govern the League. The Official Rules are in addition to the rules that govern how the Title Game is played (the “Game Play Rules”). The Game Play Rules are set forth in Section 8, entitled “Game Play Rules”.
Each person who participates in a Tournament in the League is referred to as a “Player”. If the Player is under the age of majority in his or her state or country of residence (a “Minor”), such Minor Player represents and warrants that he or she has received permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to register for and participate in the League, and all references to “Player” shall include that Minor Player’s parent or legal guardian. Each Player unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions that Twitch and the other “League Entities” (as defined below) make about the League, including without limitation decisions about how to interpret or implement these Official Rules and administer the League, and such decisions shall be final and binding in all respects and not subject to challenge or appeal. Any aspects of the League or incidents that affect the League that are not outlined in these Official Rules may be addressed and resolved by Twitch and the other League Entities at the time of the incident and their decisions on such matters shall be final and binding and not subject to challenge or appeal.
These Official Rules are subject to change, as determined by Twitch in its sole discretion. The most recent version of these Official Rules will be posted on http://tekkenworldtour.com (the “League Website”), and Twitch may also use other means to communicate with those Players who have registered for the League using the contact information associated with their account or provided during registration. If a change would affect a Player’s place or standing in the League if they were applied retroactively, that change will be applied only prospectively unless Twitch determines in its sole discretion that such changes must be applied retroactively for legal or other reasons. Entry into the League does not constitute entry into any other tournament, competition, contest or sweepstakes.
These Official Rules were drafted in English, but may be translated into other languages. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between any translated version of these Official Rules and the English version of these Official Rules, the English version shall prevail, govern and control.
North and South America (“Americas Region”) – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Latin America North, Latin America South, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, North America East, North America West, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States (including Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and Uruguay.
Asia-Pacific (“APAC Region”) – Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam..
Best-of-X – means a Match has X number of Games, and the Player that wins a majority of the Games is declared the winner. Once a Player wins the number of Games needed to reach the requisite majority, then that Player will be declared the winner of the Match, and any Games that have not been played at that point will not be played. For example, in a Best-of-Three Match, once a Player wins 2 Games, that Player will immediately be declared the winner of that Match.
Double Elimination Bracket – means Tournament play where Players compete in Matches and advance through two brackets: (i) a winner’s bracket; and (ii) a loser’s bracket. If a Player loses one (1) Match in the winner’s bracket, that Player will drop to the loser’s bracket; if a Player loses one (1) Match in the loser’s bracket, they will be eliminated and will not move forward in the Tournament.
Eligibility Area – the regions listed in the definitions of Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe.
Europe-Middle East-Africa (“EMEA Region”) – Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France (not including its overseas collectivities or regions), Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands (not including its municipalities or the other constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia (except individuals located in Crimea), San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine (except individuals located in Crimea), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain (not including its overseas territories) and Northern Ireland, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
Game – a single Title Game competition between two Players that consists of multiple Rounds.
Grand Finals – means a Match involving Players who are guaranteed at least 2nd place.
Last Chance Qualifier – the Tournament (with details set forth in Section 3.3.2) that awards a TEKKEN World Tour Finals invitation to the winning Player.
Leaderboard – the official leaderboard that tracks Points earned in the Tournaments by a Player.
League Entities – Twitch, Bandai Namco, BNE, the Tournament Organizers, any official sponsors of the League, and each of their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities, vendors, agents, and representatives, and the officers, directors and employees of all of the foregoing.
Loser’s Finals – means a Match between the two final Players remaining in the loser’s bracket to determine who advances to the Grand Finals from the loser’s bracket.
Match – Tournament play between two Players that may involve multiple Games.
Points – means the numerical points awarded and assigned to a Player based on their performance in a Tournament, as further set forth in Section 3.2, allowing them to be ranked against other Players.
Round – means one stage of Game Play within a Game.
Round Robin – means a phase of the Tournament where each Player plays against every other Player in the group.
Tournament – an individual event in the League, including live and offline Tournaments, the Last Chance Qualifier and the TEKKEN World Tour Finals.
Tournament Organizers – the respective organizer of each Tournament, any entity involved in supplying or fulfilling prizes, and any other entity involved in implementing, producing or managing a Tournament, in whole or in part.
Winner – any Player that is officially declared a Winner as set forth in Section 10, entitled “General Prize Restrictions”.
Winner’s Finals – means a Match between the two final Players remaining in the winner’s bracket to determine who advances to the Grand Finals from the winner’s bracket.
- 3.1. Tournaments
- 3.1.1. Selection; Classification of Offline Tournaments
The League is comprised of Tournaments that will be operated and managed by Tournament Organizers, which are independent from Twitch.
Twitch will select in its sole discretion the Tournaments that participate in the League and award qualifying Points to Players who compete. All Tournaments that are included in the League, aside from the TEKKEN World Tour Finals, are categorized as “Master+,” “Master,” “Challenger,” or “Dojo” Tournaments. These designations are determined by Twitch in its sole discretion, and may take into account the location, size, and prestige of such Tournaments. All Tournaments that are included in the League are listed on the League Website.
- 3.1.2. Dojo Tournaments
Dojo Tournaments are TEKKEN competitions operating independently of the TEKKEN World Tour that have opted into TEKKEN World Tour recognition via an application process available on smash.gg. The application process confirms prospective events meet criteria necessary for Dojo Tournament classification. Dojo Tournaments are required to use smash.gg to 1) list their Dojo Tournament; 2) take registration; and 3) setup and record the bracket. Dojo Tournaments are awarded Points in accordance with Section 3.2. Twitch is not involved in or responsible for Dojo Tournaments and Dojo Tournament organizers shall be solely responsible for all decisions in connection with the operation of each Dojo Tournament. Each Player acknowledges and agrees that the Dojo Tournaments are not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitch. By entering a Dojo Tournament each Player hereby releases and agrees to hold Twitch harmless from any liability arising out of such Player’s participation in the applicable Dojo Tournament. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding a Dojo Tournament should be directed to the appropriate Dojo Tournament Organizer and not to Twitch. Twitch reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify Points earned by Players in any Dojo Tournament if Twitch suspects that Dojo Tournament organizers have incorrectly calculated points, engaged in outcome fixing, or other facts and circumstances cause Twitch to question the integrity of the results of any Dojo Tournament.
- 3.1.3. Format
All Tournaments will be Double Elimination Brackets. All Matches are Best-of-Three, except for Winners Finals, Losers Finals, and Grand Finals which are Best-of-Five. Players will be ranked based on their best performances in ten (10) Tournaments, subject to the following Tournament category limits:
1) three (3) Master+ or Master Tournaments;
2) three (3) Challenger Tournaments;
3) four (4) Dojo Tournaments
If a Player exceeds any of the Tournament category limits, the Points from the Player’s Tournaments in the particular category will be counted only up to the point when the limit is reached. For example, if a Player is awarded Points from 4 Master+ or Master Tournaments, the Player’s 3 best Master+ or Master Tournaments would be counted towards the Player’s total Points. Players may compete is more than ten (10) Tournaments, but only Points from ten (10) Tournaments, in accordance with the above category limits, will count toward each Player’s ranking.
Players will be ranked on the Leaderboard based on the total Points earned in the Tournaments they compete in, subject to the limits described above. The more Points a Player accumulates, the higher on the Leaderboard he or she will be. Twitch will track and update Points totals and Leaderboard positions for each Player upon completion of each Tournament.
- 3.1.1. Selection; Classification of Offline Tournaments
- 3.2. Points
All Tournaments included in the League will award Points which are used to rank the Players on the Leaderboard in accordance with the table below:
- 3.2.1. Tiebreakers
If two or more Players on the Leaderboard have the same number of Points, the tie in rank will be resolved by applying the following tie-breaking mechanisms, listed in order of application:
1) Aggregate number of Points earned from their best 3 Master+ or Master Tournaments;
2) Aggregate number of Points earned from their best 3 Challenger Tournaments;
3) Aggregate number of Points earned from their best 4 Dojo Tournaments;
4) Average Points earned per Master+ or Master Tournament attended; or
5) Average Points earned per Challenger Tournament attended.
- 3.2.1. Tiebreakers
- 3.3 ScheduleThe schedule that corresponds to each League phase is outlined throughout this Section (such period referred to herein as the “League Period”).
- 3.4. Last Chance Qualifier
- The Last Chance Qualifier will be a Double Elimination Bracket open to all legal residents of the Eligibility Area. All Matches are Best-of-Three, except for Winners Finals, Losers Finals, and Grand Finals, which are Best-of-Five. The Player that achieves 1st place in the Last Chance Qualifier will qualify to participate in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. Players that are extended invitations to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals through the Leaderboard are not eligible to participate in the Last Chance Qualifier.
- 3.5. TEKKEN World Tour Finals
The TEKKEN World Tour Finals is the final championship event of the League. It is an invitational Tournament featuring the top nineteen (19) Players from the Leaderboard and the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier. If any of those Players decline or are ineligible, invitations will be extended to the next Player from the Leaderboard until all spots are filled. If the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier declines or is ineligible, that invitation will be extended to the next highest placing Player from the Last Chance Qualifier.
- 3.5.1. Group Stage
In the “Group Stage” the nineteen (19) invited Players and the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier will be split into four (4) groups of five (5) Players each (each a “Group”). The Players in each Group will compete in a Round Robin with Best-of-Three Matches. Rankings in each Group will be determined by comparing the total number of Match wins achieved by each Player in the same Group. If a Player is disqualified from a Match by a Tournament Organizer, the Match will be recorded as a 2-0 win in favor of the opposing Player.
- 22.214.171.124. Group Stage Assignments
TThe top three (3) ranked Players from the Leaderboard and the winner of the Last Chance Qualifier will each be put into four (4) separate Groups. The next highest ranked Players from the Leaderboard will, in order of ranking (lowest to highest), choose which Group they will be placed in. A Player may choose a Group such as their selection does not create a Group with two more Players than any other Group. This process will be repeated until all Players have been placed in a Group (for a maximum of five (5) Players in each Group). Twitch reserves the right to re-assign Players to different groups in its sole discretion.
- 126.96.36.199. Group Stage Tiebreakers
If two or more Players from the same Group achieve the same number of Match wins at the end of the Group Stage, ties will be resolved by applying the following tiebreaking mechanisms, in order of application:
- Game win differential defined as total number of Games won by a Player minus the total number of Games lost by such Player.
- Total Game wins in Games between tied Players.
- The tied Players will play an additional Tiebreaker Round Robin with Best-of-Three Matches. The rankings of the tied Players will be determined by comparing the total number of Match wins achieved by each Player during the Tiebreaker. If the Players from the Tiebreaker remain tied, this step will be repeated.
- 188.8.131.52. Group Stage Assignments
- 3.5.2. Bracket Stage
The top two (2) Players from each Group will advance to the “Bracket Stage”, which is a Double Elimination Bracket. Players ranked first (1st) in a Group will be placed in winners bracket. Players ranked second (2nd) in a Group will be placed in losers bracket. All Matches are Best-of-Three, except for Winners Finals, Losers Finals, and Grand Finals which are Best-of-Five. In the Grand Finals, the Player that advanced from the losers bracket must win two (2) Matches to be awarded first (1st) place in the Tournament.
- 3.5.1. Group Stage
- 3.1. Tournaments
Tournaments are open to individuals who are thirteen (13) years of age or older on the date they register for a Tournament.
Tournaments are only open to legal residents of the Eligibility Area. Individuals who are not legal residents of the Eligibility Area will not be allowed to participate in the Tournaments. Players who are not legal residents of the Eligibility Area will not be eligible to win prizes or earn qualifying Points.
For Dojo Tournaments, Players may be required to have Smash.gg account, or may be required to register for an account with Smash.gg, in order to participate in the Tournament.
Individuals must qualify and be eligible to participate in Tournaments under the terms of the applicable rules of such Tournaments. In the event of any conflict between the rules of a Tournament and these League rules, the League rules will govern with respect to the Leaderboard, Point calculation, and Player ranking; the rules of each Tournament will govern with respect to a Player’s participation in that Tournament. Players in the TEKKEN World Tour Finals will receive a formal invitation from Twitch or the Tournament Organizer to participate in accordance with these Official Rules. Individuals that do not receive an invitation to the TEKKEN World Tour Finals if either Twitch or the Tournament Organizers are not able to confirm their eligibility.
Players must be able to provide proof of eligibility. Please also note that potential Winners will ultimately need to provide proof of residency and tax form information before they are officially declared the Winner. Section 10, entitled “General Prize Restrictions”, provides more information. Each Player will be known publicly by his or her real name, or gamertag or other name they use in the Title Game or otherwise choose a user name (in either instance, the “User Name”). Each Player represents and warrants that their User Name and logo will not violate or infringe upon the trademark, copyright, publicity rights or other intellectual property or other rights of any other person or entity and will otherwise comply with the Code of Conduct described in Section 7.
Any Player who is a Minor must get permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to enter. The form of that permission will be determined by Twitch or Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. In addition, if a Minor is going to physically travel to a particular Tournament location, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at that Tournament location, and Twitch or the Tournament Organizers may require additional proof that the Minor has permission from his or her parent or legal guardian to participate. The form of that additional proof will be determined by Twitch or Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. The League and/or Tournament is void where prohibited by law.
Officers, directors and employees of Twitch and the Tournament Organizers, and each of their immediate family members (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) are not eligible to participate in the League without express written permission from Twitch.
Players must supply their own controller and may optionally bring their own headphones (“Player Equipment”), but use of Player Equipment at a Tournament is solely at the discretion of the Tournament Organizers. Consoles and monitors will be provided by Tournament Organizers.
During a Tournament, Players may not bring, use, or wear any headsets, earbuds, microphones or other Player Equipment other than those approved by the Tournament Organizers. Player Equipment that is suspected by the Tournament Organizers of providing an unfair competitive advantage will not be approved for use. At their discretion, Tournament Organizers may disallow the use of any individual piece of Player Equipment for reasons related to a Tournament’s security, operational efficiency or effectiveness.
Each Player is responsible for obtaining any visas or other travel documentation needed to participate in a Tournament and the costs thereof shall be borne by the Player.
Each Player shall be deemed to have made and entered into all of the representations, warranties and agreements contained herein and shall be obligated and bound thereby. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, all of Twitch’s or Tournament Organizers’ rights pursuant to these Official Rules relate to and are exercisable against the Player. If any right of disqualification arises as to any Player, then the right of disqualification may be exercised as Twitch or the Tournament Organizers may elect in their sole discretion. Any Player who elects to end his or her participation in the League or Tournament, and/or is disqualified from the League or Tournament, will not be permitted to re-enter the League or Tournament in any capacity.
Please note that Twitch or the Tournament Organizer may require a Player to execute and deliver “Winner Forms” (as defined in Section 10) at any time during the Tournament, including as a condition of participating in a particular Match or phase of the Tournament.
To register for the League, visit the League Website and follow the instructions about how to register as a Player. Players can find information regarding each Tournament at http://tekkenworldtour.com.
Instructions for applying to play in the Last Chance Qualifier of the TEKKEN World Tour Finals will be provided at a later date.
By participating in the League and/or Tournament, each Player hereby irrevocably grants Twitch and the other League Entities and each of their respective licensees, successors and assigns, permission to stream, film, photograph and record the Player’s performance in the League or Tournament itself and in other League or Tournament-related activities, including the Player’s name, User Name, logo, avatar, gamertag or equivalent, voice, statements, likeness and other personal characteristics, information and so-called publicity rights as they appear therein (collectively, the “Appearance”) and the right, but not the obligation, to distribute, exploit or otherwise use such Appearance, in whole or in part, in any and all media, now known or hereafter devised, throughout the Universe in perpetuity (except for Players who are known to be residents of France, which will expire within 5 years from date of participation), for any purpose, including but not limited to, advertising, marketing and promoting the League, the Tournament, the Twitch Website, the League Website, the Title Game, the Tournament Organizers, the League Entities and future tournaments.
As between each Player on the one hand, and Twitch, on the other hand, the Appearance shall be deemed a work-made-for-hire for Twitch prepared as a work specifically ordered and/or commissioned by Twitch, and therefore, Twitch shall be the author and exclusive copyright owner of the Appearance for all purposes throughout the Universe. If under applicable law the foregoing is not effective to place authorship and ownership thereof and all rights therein in Twitch, then by way of assignment and transfer of present and future copyright and otherwise, each Player hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells and assigns to Twitch, all of his or her right, title and interest in and to the Appearance throughout the universe in perpetuity. Each Player agrees to execute such further documents and to do such further acts as may be necessary to evidence, effect, perfect, register, or enforce Twitch’s ownership of such rights.
Twitch and the other League Entities shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, dub, duplicate, fictionalize or otherwise alter the Appearance for any purpose which Twitch or the other League Entities deem necessary or desirable. To the fullest extent allowable under any applicable law, each Player hereby irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights or “droit moral” rights (which shall include, without limitation, any similar or analogous rights under applicable laws of any country in the world [including, without limitation, the so called right of paternity (droit a la paternite) right of integrity (droit au respect de l’oeuvre) right of withdrawal (droit de retrait or droit de repentir) and/or right of publication (droit divulgation)] he or she may have in the Appearance, and agrees that he or she will make no claim of any kind against Twitch or the other League Entities as a result of any of the uses described above, and irrevocably and unconditionally waives and releases Twitch and the other League Entities from any and all claims, demands, and liabilities of any kind or nature whatsoever arising out of or in connection with such use including, without limitation, any and all claims, demands, or liabilities for invasion of privacy, infringement of the right of publicity, defamation (including libel and slander) and any other personal and/or property rights. Each Player expressly acknowledges that Twitch and the other League Entities and other Players will contribute to the Appearance and other works that will embody all or part of the Appearance. Accordingly, if under any applicable law, the above waiver or assignment by a Player of “moral rights” or “droit moral” is not effective, then each such Player agrees to exercise such rights in a manner which recognizes the contribution of and will not have a material adverse effect upon such other parties.
Twitch shall have the right to freely assign its rights hereunder, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. Twitch shall retain the rights granted in the Appearance even if the Player is disqualified or fails to meet the eligibility requirements.
All Players are expected to exhibit good sportsmanship and maintain respect for one another and for all League or Tournament staff and spectators. Players must follow all instructions of Twitch or the Tournament Organizers. Players may not text/email or use social media during a Game or Match. Players are expected to play at their best at all times within the Tournament and to avoid any behavior inconsistent with the principles of good sportsmanship, honesty, or fair play. Any Player behaving inappropriately, or not competing in compliance with these Official Rules (including the Game Play Rules), as determined by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, may be immediately disqualified from the League or Tournament and forfeit all potential prizes. Further, Twitch and the Tournament Organizers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to ban disqualified Players from any future tournament or event organized by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers. Behavior that is considered to be inappropriate and in violation of the Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Interfering with the operation of the Tournament, the League, the Twitch Website, or the League Website;
- Acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the Tournament or League, or to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person;
- Engaging in collusion (e.g., any agreement between two  or more Players or to pre-determine the outcome of a Game or Match);
- Cheating of any sort through any means;
- Intentionally delaying or slowing gameplay or tampering with gameplay in any other known or unknown manner;
- Offensive, vulgar or obscene User Names, avatars, logos, branding or gamertags;
- Sexism, ageism, racism or any other form of prejudice or bigotry;
- Engaging in violence or any activity which is deemed in the judgment of Twitch or the Tournament Organizers to be immoral, unethical, disgraceful, or contrary to common standards of decency;
- Engaging in any activity that is illegal in the jurisdiction where the affected Player is located;
- Offering any gift or reward to a Player, Twitch or Tournament Organizer for assistance designed to provide a competitive advantage to the person offering the gift or reward or designed to impose a competitive disadvantage on any opponent;
- Betting or gambling on your own performance or the results of the League, the Tournament or any phase of the League or Tournament;
- Making any modification to the Title Game that has not been disclosed to and authorized by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers;
- Intentionally using any in-game bugs or so-called “hacks” to seek an advantage;
- Using any language or wearing any clothing or apparel that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or otherwise offensive or objectionable, or promotes or incites hatred or discriminatory conduct;
- Using any Tournament facilities, services or equipment provided or made available by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers to post, transmit, disseminate or otherwise make available any communications prohibited by this Code of Conduct;
- Taking any action or performing any gesture directed at an opposing Player, official or spectator, or inciting any other individuals to do the same, which is insulting, mocking, disruptive or unsportsmanlike;
- Touching or otherwise interfering with lights, cameras or other studio equipment;
- Engaging in any other type of behavior or conduct deemed inappropriate by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion; or
- Otherwise violating these Official Rules.
Any Player who violates the Code of Conduct may be disqualified, and Twitch reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such Player to the fullest extent permitted by law.
CAUTION: ANY DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR EQUIPMENT USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT OR LEAGUE, TAMPER WITH THE TITLE GAME OR THE TOURNAMENT FORMAT, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUE OR A TOURNAMENT MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, TWITCH AND THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZERS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO COOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH PLAYER(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THEM TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED IN EQUITY OR UNDER THE LAW.
These are the “Game Play Rules” governing how the Title Game is played during the Tournament.
- 8.1. Gameplay
- 8.1.1. Game Settings
- Game Version: PlayStation 4
- Rounds: First to Three
- Timer: 60 seconds
- Stage Select: Random (detailed in Section 8.1.5)
- Character Customizations: Off
- 8.1.2. Match ProcedureThe following steps outline the process of playing a Match.
- Players select their sides (see Section 8.1.3)
- Players select their characters. Either Player may invoke Double Blind Character Selection (as defined in Section 8.1.4).
- The Players play the first Game of the Match.
- The losing Player of the preceding Game may choose to change characters.
- Players go to Stage Select and select Random (see Section 8.1.5)
- The next Game is played.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for all subsequent Games until the Match is complete.
- 8.1.3. Side Selection
Players may mutually agree who sits on the left and right side, corresponding to Player 1 and Player 2 respectively, at the start of the Match. Players are committed to this selection for the entirety of the Match. If Players cannot agree to a Side Selection, they will play a Best-of-Three Rock-Paper-Scissors to determine who picks their side for the first Round. For all subsequent Rounds and Matches, the winner will select a side first.
- 8.1.4. Double Blind Character Selection
Either Player may request that a double blind selection occur. In this situation, a Tournament Organizer will be told, in secret, each of the Players’ character choices for the first Round. Both Players are to then select their first Round character, with the staff validating the character selections. If a Player does not select the character they told to the Tournament Organizer they forfeit that Game.
- 8.1.5. Stage Selection
For the first Game of the Match, players will utilize Random Stage Selection. For each subsequent Game in the Match, the Player who lost the previous Game may choose a stage if they have not changed their character (see Tie Games in 8.1.6 for exceptions). If the losing Player has chosen to change their character they must use Random Stage Selection.
- 8.1.6. Tie Games
In the event of a tied Game, declared by a Double K.O. screen in the final Round of the Game, the Game will not be scored and both Players will replay the tied Game with the same characters and on the same stage.
- 8.1.7. Permitted Controllers
All standard arcade sticks and controllers are permitted. Macro functions (e.g. turbo buttons) and wireless controllers are not permitted. DualShock 4 is the only wireless controller that is permitted. Players using DualShock 4 controllers must un-sync their controller after each Match. If a Player using a DualShock 4 controller fails to un-sync their controller after a Match, that Player maybe disqualified at the sole discretion of Tournament Organizers.
- 8.1.1. Game Settings
- 8.2. Match Obligations
- 8.2.1. Punctuality
All Players must be physically present at the location specified by the Tournament Organizer by the Match start time. Players that are not ready to play within ten (10) minutes of the Match start time are subject to penalties including a possible Match forfeiture.
- 8.2.2. Forfeits
Players may not voluntarily forfeit a Match without prior authorization from Tournament Organizers and, even with authorization, are subject to further penalties for forfeiting.
- 8.2.1. Punctuality
- 8.3. Match Disruptions
- 8.3.1. Pauses
If a Player either intentionally or accidentally pauses the Game by either pressing the start button or unplugging the Player’s or the Player’s opponent’s controller, the Player who paused may forfeit the current Round in the sole discretion of the Tournament Organizers.
- 8.3.2. Restarts
Tournament Organizers may order a Game or Match restart due to exceptional circumstances, such as if a bug significantly affects a Player’s ability to play or a Game or Match is unable to finish, or if the Game or Match is disrupted by a Force Majeure or other event.
- 8.3.3. Stalling
Stalling, or excessively delaying the Game or Match, may result in a Game or Match forfeit at the discretion of Tournament Organizers.
- 8.3.1. Pauses
- 8.4. Coaching
Players may designate one (1) individual to be their coach during each Tournament. Players may consult with the coach for a maximum of one (1) minute in between Games in a Match. Deliberately giving or receiving advice to/from any other person during a Game or Match is not allowed and may result in penalties for both parties.
- 8.5. Cheating
Any cheating, as determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, will result in an immediate forfeiture and additional penalties depending on the severity of the infraction.
- 8.6. Names, Logos, and Branding Restrictions
Tournament Organizers reserve the right to reject, in their sole discretion, names, logos, avatars or branding that violate the Code of Conduct, including without limitation, any that:
- Infringe upon the rights of any 3rd party rights without explicit written permission
- Resemble or are identical to a brand or trademark
- Resemble or are identical to another identity or person
- Resemble or are identical to the name or persona of League Entities or other Players.
- 8.7. Dress Code
All Players must wear appropriate attire at the Tournament. Jerseys and all other attire worn at the Tournament are subject to the restrictions set forth in Section 8.6 above.
- 8.8. Sponsorships; Other Content
Players have the ability to acquire sponsorships. However, sponsors or content falling under the following categories may not be displayed during official Tournament play:
- Brands in categories that have been granted exclusive sponsorship rights for the League or Tournament by Twitch or the Tournament Organizers
- Religious programming, political matters
- 900 numbers
- X-rated material
- Habit-forming drugs, drug related paraphernalia
- Herbal remedies or “miracle cure” products
- Tobacco products
- Any adult-oriented products or services (including adult-oriented pay per view programs and male enhancement products)
- Salacious products or services or other material which would generally be considered obscene or indecent
- Content that a reasonable person would deem objectionable, indecent, vulgar or offensive
- Content which promotes discrimination, hate, violence, the use of illegal substances, illegal activity, mail fraud, pyramid schemes, or investment opportunities or advice not permitted by applicable law
- Content which is unlawful, pornographic, libelous, defamatory, or violates a third party’s privacy or publicity rights
- Content which constitutes hate speech
- Content which discriminates, ridicules, advocates against, harasses, or attacks an individual or group on the basis of age, color, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
- Any other activity that contravenes any applicable laws or regulations (including lotteries, illegal gambling products or other illegal wagering activity)
- 8.9. Penalties
Players who break the rules in this document are subject to penalties including (but not limited to) the following:
- Match Restart
- Loss of Game
- Match Forfeiture
- Removal from the League
- Temporary Player Bans
- Permanent Player Bans
Any penalties imposed on a Player may be made available to the public by Twitch and the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion.
- 8.10. TEKKEN World Tour Finals Attendance
Eligible Players will receive an invitation from Twitch to participate in TEKKEN World Tour Finals. A Minor Player must travel with his or her parent or legal guardian with the permission of such parent or legal guardian in form and substance acceptable to Twitch in its sole and absolute discretion.
- 8.10.1. Travel Accommodations
Travel consists of coach-class airfare for the invited Player, if a flight is necessary, and ground transportation to and from the Tournament venue as necessary. Any additional support individuals affiliated with the Player, whether a coach, manager, or parent / guardian, are responsible for their own transportation costs. Minor Players must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian or travel with the consent of their parent or legal guardian pursuant to documentation deemed acceptable by Twitch in its sole discretion.
Players must possess all required travel documents, including visas and valid passports, if and as applicable. Airfare does not include government taxes, Passenger Facility Charge or September 11th Security Fee. Airline tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable and are not valid for upgrades and/or frequent flyer miles. All airline tickets are subject to the vagaries of flight variation, work stoppages, and schedule or route changes. Twitch reserves the right to structure travel route and select hotels in its sole discretion. If the closest airport to any Player’s home is in close enough proximity to the city where the Game or Match is being held so that, as Twitch may determine in its sole discretion, a flight is unnecessary, invitation will not include air transportation from Players’ residence to the city where the Game or Match is being held, and no other substitution or compensation will be provided in lieu thereof. Changes are not permitted after ticket issue. The round trip air transportation element for any travel prize begins and ends at the point of departure (unless otherwise specified herein).
- 8.10.2. Hotel Accommodations
Twitch will provide one (1) hotel room for every two (2) Players, with two (2) beds in each room, for the duration of the Tournament (pairings to be determined at the discretion of Twitch). Minor Players will be assigned hotel rooms with their parent or guardian and will not share hotel rooms with other Players. Player(s) must comply with all hotel check-in requirements, including but not limited to the presentation of a major credit card and are responsible for any incidentals or costs incurred to any hotel rooms including room service or damage.
- 8.10.3. Punctuality
Upon arrival, Players will receive a schedule and expected “Call Time” sheet for the duration of the TEKKEN World Tour Finals live event. Players are required to arrive at the designated location by the listed call times, and are expected to be available at the Tournament venue for the duration of all competitive Tournament days.
- 8.10.1. Travel Accommodations
- 8.1. Gameplay
Prizes are available for Master Tournaments (except for Tokyo TEKKEN Masters), Challenger Tournaments, and the TEKKEN World Tour Finals. The prizes will be awarded and paid to the Player in accordance with the chart below. Payments will be made in United States dollars subject to the “General Prize Restrictions” described in Section 10 below. Tournament Organizers may award prizes in addition to the prizes set forth in Sections 9.1 and 9.2 below in their sole discretion (the “Additional Prizes”) in accordance with rules established by the applicable Tournament Organizer and not by Twitch. Each Player acknowledges and agrees that the Additional Prizes are awarded solely by the Tournament Organizers and hereby release and hold Twitch harmless from all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including, without limitation, death and bodily injury, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to Player’s receipt, use or misuse of any Additional Prize.
- 9.1. Master Tournaments
Twitch will award Five Thousand US dollars ($5,000) in prizes for each Master+ and Master Tournament (except for Tokyo TEKKEN Masters), according to the following table:
Standing Prize Money (USD) 1st $2,500 2nd $1,250 3rd $750 4th $500
- 9.2. Challenger Tournaments
Twitch will award One Thousand US dollars ($1,000) in prizes for each Challenger Tournament, according to the following table:
Standing Prize Money (USD) 1st $500 2nd $250 3rd $150 4th $100
- 9.3. TEKKEN World Tour Finals
Twitch will award One Hundred Thousand US dollars ($100,000) in prizes for TEKKEN World Tour Finals, according to the following table:
Standing Prize Money (USD) 1st $30,000 2nd $20,000 3rd $$15,000 4th $$10,000 5th (two Players) $$5,000 7th (two Players) $2,500 9th (four Players) $1,250 13th (four Players) $750 17th (four Players) $500
- 9.1. Master Tournaments
Each Player that has been declared the winner of a prize in the Tournament will not be an official winner (each such individual, a “Winner”) unless and until they execute (or, if the potential winner is a Minor, their parent or legal guardian executes) an Affidavit of Eligibility, a Liability Release, and where imposing such condition is legal, a Publicity Release and any required payment information and tax forms (“Winner Forms”) in order to receive payment. If a Player (or a Minor Player’s parent or legal guardian) fails or refuses to sign and return all the Winner Forms within ten (10) days (or a shorter time if required by exigencies) after receiving them, the Player may be disqualified. In the event a Player is disqualified, Twitch or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the affected prize to the Player that last lost to the disqualified Player. Within sixty (60) days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms, Twitch or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will deliver to Winner the applicable prize(s). Failure to take delivery of any prize may result in forfeiture, and such prize awarded to an alternate Winner. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned until after a Winner has complied with all his or her obligations under these Official Rules. No substitutions may be made for prize(s), except by Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, in their sole discretion. By participating in a Tournament, Winner acknowledges that League Entities have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the prizes. Winner will be responsible for all taxes (including but not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on any prize won and on the value of any items or value transferred to the Player by Twitch or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, and will be required to provide his/her Social Security number, IRS Form W8BEN, IRS Form W9, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes (at a time to be determined in Twitchʼs or Tournament Organizer’s sole discretion, as the case may be, and which may be prior to participation in a particular round or prior to receipt of any prize by Player). Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will file an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent tax withholding documentation for the retail value of any prize or other items of value transferred to the Player by Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, in accordance with IRS requirements, and Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, may also share such documentation with a state or local government agency as required by law. Refusal or failure of a Winner to satisfy the requirements of all necessary and appropriate tax, withholding or other required compliance terms (including Social Security number, IRS Form W8BEN, IRS Form W9, or equivalent information), as determined by Twitch or Tournament Organizer in their sole discretion, will result in the Winner forfeiting the prize(s) and an alternate Winner being selected in accordance with these Official Rules. Twitch or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will award prizes subject to any applicable withholding taxes, and the amount of the prize transferred, as reduced by any applicable withholding taxes, will constitute full payment of the prize. Winners who do not claim the prize, or satisfy the information or documentation requirements within six (6) months of the close of the Tournament or such earlier time as designated by Twitch or Tournament Organizer, are void, and the League Entities shall have no further liability or responsibility to such Player(s) in connection with the prizes.
Any prizes pictured in advertising, promotional and/or other League or Tournament materials are for illustrative purposes only. The actual prize may vary. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between the description of a prize contained in any such materials and the description of a prize contained in these Official Rules, these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. All details and other restrictions of any prize not specified in these Official Rules will be determined by the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion.
Twitch and the other League Entities make no warranties, and hereby disclaim any and all warranties, express or implied, concerning any prize furnished in connection with the League or Tournament. WITHOUT IN ANY WAY LIMITING THE GENERALITY OF THE FOREGOING AND WITHOUT ABROGATING THE TWITCH POLICIES OR THE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR THE TITLE GAME OR OTHER AGREEMENTS THAT APPLY TO THE TITLE GAME, THE LEAGUE ENTITIES HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, WITH REGARD TO THE TITLE GAME SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT AND THE OPERATION OF THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, AND THEIR EQUIVALENTS, UNDER THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
Each Player knowingly consents to participate in any or all League or Tournament activities under his or her own free will and without duress or undue influence of any third party.
BY ENTERING AND/OR OTHERWISE PARTICIPATING IN THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, EACH PLAYER, ON BEHALF OF HIMSELF OR HERSELF AND HIS OR HER HEIRS, HEREBY RELEASES, DISCHARGES AND HOLDS TWITCH AND THE OTHER LEAGUE ENTITIES HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL ACTUAL AND POTENTIAL, KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED CLAIMS, DEMANDS, CAUSES OF ACTION, COSTS, LOSSES, INJURIES, LIABILITIES AND DAMAGES OF ANY KIND OR NATURE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION MENTAL AND/OR PHYSICAL INJURIES OR DEATH AND DAMAGES TO OR LOSS OF PERSONAL PROPERTY, DUE IN WHOLE OR IN PART, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, TO PARTICIPATING IN THE LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT, ATTENDING OR PARTICIPATING IN ANY LEAGUE OR TOURNAMENT-RELATED EVENT OR ACTIVITY AND/OR THE USE OR MISUSE OF ANY PRIZE.
Twitch and the Tournament Organizers are not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or other materials, on, associated with or utilized as part of the Twitch Website or the League Website, and Twitch and the Tournament Organizers assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to the Twitch Website or the League Website or the field of play in the Title Game. Although Twitch and the Tournament Organizers attempt to ensure the integrity of the League and Tournament, Twitch and the Tournament Organizers are not responsible for the actions of Players in connection with the League or Tournament, including a Player’s attempt to circumvent the Official Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the League or Tournament. Without in any way limiting the generality of the foregoing, each Player agrees that Twitch and the other League Entities shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released from, any and all claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, relating to any of the following:
- incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible registrations or the failure to receive registrations due to any cause, including without limitation human or technical problems, failures, or malfunctions of any kind, whether originating with Player, Twitch, the Tournament Organizers, or otherwise, that may prevent or limit a Player’s ability to participate in the League or Tournament or send or receive messages requiring action or response by such Player;
- any computer system, gaming console, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, hacks, unauthorized access, delayed computer transmissions or network connections which may result in alteration of Game play or affect Game results; and
- any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers or providers, equipment, or software, including any injury or damage to Player Equipment resulting from participation in the Tournament.
Each Player hereby agrees to indemnify and hold Twitch, each Tournament Organizer and all the League Entities harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all third party damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable outside legal fees and costs (collectively, “Third Party Claims”) relating to or arising out of any breach of any of the warranties, representations, covenants, obligations or agreements of the Player under these Official Rules.
The indemnification obligations hereunder shall survive the expiration or earlier termination of the League and Tournament.
Twitch reserves the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the League, a Tournament or any part thereof if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the League and/or Tournament is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures, malfunctions or other causes have destroyed, corrupted or undermined the administration, security, fairness, integrity, proper play or feasibility of the League, a Tournament or any portion thereof as contemplated herein. In the event Twitch is prevented from continuing with the League or Tournament by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal state or local government law, order, or regulation, order of any court or jurisdiction, or other cause not reasonably within Twitch’s or the Tournament Organizers’ control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Twitch shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the League or Tournament.
Twitch or the Tournament Organizers, in their sole discretion, may require the replaying of any Game or Match, or declare any Game or Match or other phase of the League or Tournament null and void by reason of any of the foregoing. In the event Twitch or the Tournament Organizers determine, in their sole discretion, that any individual Game or Match or other phase of the League or Tournament, has been tampered with or that the validity of any Game, Match or other phase of the League or Tournament has been compromised for any reason, it may eliminate that Game, Match or other phase of the League or Tournament, and may conduct the League or Tournament on the basis of the remaining Game, Match and/or other phases of the League or Tournament.
These Official Rules are governed by the state and federal laws that apply to the State of California, United States of America. Except as otherwise provided herein, any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or relating to these Official Rules, the operation of the League or Tournament or otherwise, will be resolved by litigation in the courts located within the City and County of San Francisco in the State of California, United States of America. You, as a Player, hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of and venue of such courts, will accept service of process by mail, and hereby waive any jurisdictional or venue defenses otherwise available to you. Any dispute or claim relating in any way to these Official Rules, the terms thereof, or the League or Tournament will be resolved by binding arbitration as described in this paragraph, rather than in court, in the City and County of San Francisco, California, except that (a) Player may assert claims in a small claims court if your claims qualify, and (b) either Party may bring suit by submitting to the courts in the aforementioned jurisdiction and waiving such Party’s respective rights to any other jurisdiction to enjoin infringement or other misuse of intellectual property rights. There is no judge or jury in arbitration, and court review of an arbitration award is limited. However, an arbitrator can award on an individual basis the same damages and relief as a court (including injunctive and declaratory relief or statutory damages), and must follow the terms of this agreement as a court would. For Player to begin an arbitration proceeding, Player must send a letter requesting arbitration and describing the claim to Twitch’s registered agent, Corporation Service Company, 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 150N, Sacramento CA 95833. Arbitration shall be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA ”) under its rules, including the AAA’s Supplementary Procedures for ConsumerRelated Disputes. Payment of all filing, administration, and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules. Twitch will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, Twitch will not seek attorneys’ fees and costs from Player in arbitration unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Player may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on submissions, or in person in the county in which Player is located, or the agreed upon jurisdiction described above. The Parties agree that any dispute resolution proceedings will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, consolidated or representative action. If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration, the Parties each waive any right to a jury trial.
To obtain the list of the winners, visit the League Website within six (6) weeks after the end of a Tournament. These Official Rules will be posted on the League Website during the League Period.
These Official Rules and the other agreements referenced herein constitute the full and complete agreement and understanding between each Player and the League Entities in connection with the League and replace and supersede all prior negotiations, agreements or understandings that may have been entered into between such Player and such League Entity with respect to the subject matter hereof. These Official Rules cannot be modified or amended in any way except by a written instrument signed by Twitch. The waiver of any term, condition, or breach of these Official Rules shall not be deemed to be a waiver of that breach or any other term or condition in the future. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision in these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. Headings and captions are used in these Official Rules solely for convenience and ease of reference, and shall not be deemed to affect in any manner the meaning or intent of these Official Rules or any provision hereof.
Date Version Changes Made 3/12/19 1.0 Document Published 8/8/19 1.1 Revised territories and added Guam and Madagascar as eligible territories; consolidated Eligibility Areas; removed leaderboard requirements for Last Chance Qualifier in Section 3.4; removed Tokyo TEKKEN Masters exception.
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