CD PROJEKT RED – gamescom 2017 GWENT Tournament Official Rules
These are legally binding rules for the Tournament (accessible here).
There are rules regarding who is/isn’t eligible to take part in the Tournament.
There are important rules around what you can and cannot do at the Tournament, disclaimers and liability.
Our User Agreement (which explains what you can do with GWENT) also applies.
Hello! We are CD PROJEKT RED, part of CD Projekt S.A. and we make games - including ‘GWENT: The Witcher Card Game’ (“GWENT”)! Below you will find some important/legally binding rules that we have put together in relation to the gamescom 2017 GWENT Tournament (“ Tournament”) for our video game GWENT.
ABOUT THESE RULES
General. These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the Tournament. The Tournament will be separated into three stages: (i) open qualification via the regular competitive in-game ranked mode (“Ranked Qualifiers”); (ii) the eight (8) player wild card qualifiers (“ Wild Card Qualifiers”); and (iii) the eight (8) player main event (“Main Event”).
Parties . These Rules are a legally binding contract between Participants and CD PROJEKT S.A., ul. Jagiellońska 74; 03-301, Warsaw, Poland (we will further call ourselves “CD PROJEKT RED”). “ Participant” means any person participating in the Tournament (including you) and “ Participants” means all of them.
Age . Participants aged 18 or over are able to register for this Tournament. Participants between 13 and 17 years old must ask their parent or guardian to review and approve of these Rules on their behalf (because in some countries people under a certain age cannot legally fully enter into contracts like these Rules). You must turn 13 by the final registration date of 1 August 2017 at 16:00 Central Eastern Summer Time in order to participate (“Final Registration Date”). We are sorry but if you are under 13 then you are not allowed to enter this Tournament.
Accounts . In order to be eligible for the Tournament, Participants must have authorised access to a GWENT account and both Participants and their accounts must be in good standing (e.g. not be subject to any bans) at the start of and throughout the Tournament.
Prohibited Entrants. Anyone that is an employee, agent or supplier of CD PROJEKT RED, any of its Affiliates or any Tournament commercial partners is not eligible for and may not participate in the Tournament. This also applies to any persons connected to such persons, including family or household members.
Throughout these Rules, “Affiliates” means each and any subsidiary or holding company of CD PROJEKT RED and each and any subsidiary of a holding company of CD PROJEKT RED or any business entity from time to time controlling, controlled by, or under common control with, CD PROJEKT RED.
REGISTRATION AND PARTICIPANT SELECTION
Registration. In order to register for the Tournament and be eligible for selection, Participants will need to sign up to the Tournament via the CD PROJEKT RED portal available at https://www.playgwent.com/en/tournament/ using the same email address as their GWENT account. In addition to their email address, Participants will be asked to provide other details including their full name and whether or not he/she is attending gamescom 2017 in Cologne, Germany (“ gamescom”). The last date to register is the Final Registration Date as stated above.
Date and Time. Ranked Qualifiers will take place through the regular in-game ranked mode between the announcement of this Tournament (25 July 2017) to 1 August 2017 at 16:00 Central Eastern Summer Time (“Ranked Qualifiers Period”).
Ranked Qualifiers Selection. A total of seven (7) spaces in the Main Event will be available to eligible Participants who have: (a) obtained the highest competitive in-game ranking during the Ranked Qualifiers Period; and (b) registered for the Tournament via the CD PROJEKT RED portal as detailed in section 3.1 ( Registration); and (c) met all other eligibility requirements contained in these Rules. These seven (7) spaces will be open to eligible Participants whether or not they are already attending gamescom. CD PROJEKT RED will contact eligible Participants via the email address associated with their GWENT accounts.
Wild Card Qualifiers. CD PROJEKT RED will invite between four (4) and eight (8) eligible Participants to attend the Wild Card Qualifiers at gamescom, comprised of Participants who have: (a) obtained the highest competitive in-game ranking during the Ranked Qualifiers Period, but were not selected under section 3.3 ( Main Event Selection) above; (b) registered for the Tournament via the CD PROJEKT RED portal as detailed in section 3.2 (Registration); (c) stated that they are already attending gamescom (which includes owning a ticket granting entry to gamescom on Thursday 24th, Friday 25 th and Saturday 26th August 2017 and having travel/accommodation arranged); and (d) met all other eligibility requirements contained in these Rules. CD PROJEKT RED will contact eligible Participants via the email address associated with their GWENT accounts.
If CD PROJEKT RED is unable to identify and contact at least four (4) Participants to attend the Wild Card Qualifiers under section 3.4 ( Wild Card Qualifiers Selection), then the Wild Card Qualifiers will not occur and an eighth Participant for the Main Event will instead be selected as detailed in section 3.3 (Ranked Qualifiers Selection).
One (1) space in the Main Event will be available to the winner of the Wild Card Qualifiers.
Timing. CD PROJEKT RED will use the competitive GWENT in-game ranking at the time of the Final Registration Date as its basis for Participant selection under sections 3.3 (Ranked Qualifiers Selection) and 3.4 ( Wild Card Qualifiers).
WILD CARD QUALIFIERS AND MAIN EVENT
Date, Time and Location.
The Wild Card Qualifiers will take place on Thursday 24th August 2017 at gamescom, unless the Wild Card Qualifiers is cancelled as detailed above.
The Main Event will take place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August 2017 at gamescom.
All Participants must prepare four (4) different decks from the in-game factions (i.e. ‘Northern Realms’, ‘Nilfgaard’, ‘Skellige’, ‘Scoia’tael’ and ‘Monsters’, with only one (1) deck per faction) with a minimum of 25 cards per deck, no more than four (4) gold cards, six (6) silver cards and a maximum of three (3) copies of any bronze cards. Participants may create their deck from all cards then publicly available in GWENT, not just cards they have unlocked on their own GWENT account. CD PROJEKT RED will set up accounts for Participants to use.
All Participants must submit their decklists by 20 August 2017 at 23:59 Central Eastern Summer Time to firstname.lastname@example.org or as otherwise required by CD PROJEKT RED. Participants will not be able to change their decklists once submitted.
If there is a significant gameplay update fourteen (14) or more days before the Tournament then Participants will compete on that version of GWENT. If there is a significant gameplay update less than fourteen (14) days then the Participants will play on the version of GWENT before the relevant update was made.
Single Elimination . Both the Wild Card Qualifiers and Main Event will operate a ‘Single Elimination’ format. Single Elimination means that all Participants will be randomly seeded (i.e. paired up) against each other and Participants will be eliminated from the Tournament entirely if they lose a Match.
In these Rules:
“Match” means a match of GWENT, based on a ‘best of five’ Game format (i.e. the first Participant to win three (3) Games wins a Match).
“Game” means a single game of GWENT, based on a ‘best of three’ Round format (i.e. the first Participant to win two (2) Rounds wins a Game).
“Round” means a single round within a Game of GWENT.
In other words, a Participant wins a Match by winning three (3) out of five (5) Games and wins a Game by winning two (2) out of three (3) Rounds.
Administrator . CD PROJEKT RED will designate an official tournament administrator for each Match at its sole and absolute discretion (an “Administrator”). Participants must comply with all instructions from an Administrator and an Administrator’s determination on any issues relating to the Tournament will be final and binding.
Match Details . Before every Match, each Participant must submit their ‘Leader’ cards to the Administrator. Each Participant must then ban one (1) of his/her opponent’s decks by informing the Administrator, meaning Participants will then play the Match with their remaining three (3) decks. If a Participant wins a Round, he/she cannot use the winning deck again for the rest of the Match. The losing Participant may either use the same deck or switch to a different one. In the event of a tie, the entire Match will be restarted from the beginning with the same Participant decks.
Free Time. Participants are free to explore gamescom in between their scheduled Matches, provided that they arrive to the area designated by CD PROJEKT RED before their Matches in good time. Any timings will be informed to you by CD PROJEKT RED.
Prize Money. Prize money will be awarded to Participants at the Main Event as detailed below:
The total prize pool available at the Main Event is $25,000 (twenty five thousand United States Dollars (“ USD”)).
Regardless of how they place, each Participant will receive a minimum amount of $1000 (one thousand USD) for competing in the Main Event.
In the first stage of Matches, Participants will compete for $1000 (one thousand USD) which will be shared between Participants depending on how many Games each Participant wins in a Match (e.g. if the overall Match result in a ‘best of five’ is 3:2, one Participant will receive $600 USD and the other Participant will receive $400 USD).
In the second stage of Matches (i.e. the semi-finals), Participants will compete for $3000 (three thousand USD) which will be shared between the Participants depending on how many Games each Participant wins in a Match.
In the third stage of Matches (the finals), Participants will compete for $3000 (three thousand USD) which will be shared equally between the Participants depending on how many Games each Participant wins in a Match.
The winner of the third stage of Matches (the finals) will also receive an additional $4000 (four thousand USD).
Prize Money Conditions.
Prize money will be awarded to the Main Event winners subject to the Participants’ full compliance with these Rules and other applicable rules and requirements.
Payment of applicable prize money will be within sixty (60) days from the completion of the Main Event.
Prize money will be paid inclusive of any and all charges, duties, taxes including but not limited to value added tax, sales tax or similar taxes and any applicable withholding tax required to be charged by CD PROJEKT RED and in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Participants must provide CD PROJEKT RED on request with any documents and information required for the payment of prize money, which could include (but not be limited to) any documentation required by applicable governments or authorities and/or information from the Participants for anti-money laundering and/or anti-fraud purposes in accordance with applicable legal requirements and regulations on CD PROJEKT RED.
Participants will be solely responsible for the payment of any national, federal, state, local or other taxes, costs or charges of any kind in relation to any prize money.
No substitution or exchange of prize money will be permitted and prizes are not assignable, giftable or otherwise transferable to other persons.
If any winning Participants are less than 17 years old, prize money will need to be accepted on their behalf by their respective parent or guardian.
Prize money will be paid directly to the bank account of the relevant Participants.
The payment of applicable prize money will be subject to compliance with any applicable law or regulation.
A Participant will be deemed to immediately and automatically forfeit his/her Match (which will result in an automatic loss for that Match, unless decided otherwise by the Administrator) in the Tournament if he/she:
breaches these Rules or the GWENT User Agreement.
does not meet the deck requirements under section 4.2 ( Decks).
colludes or attempts to collude with any opponents (including intentionally throwing, or informing other Participants of an opponent’s strategy).
purposefully disconnects from a Match after the first card is played.
repeatedly disconnects on purpose, whether before or after the first card is played.
If a Participant disconnects before the first card is played in the Match, the Match will be restarted.
CD PROJEKT RED retain the right in their sole discretion to remove a Participant from the Tournament entirely for any of the above actions.
TRAVEL AND EXPENSES
Flights and Accommodation. To the extent not already booked and paid for by the Participants themselves, CD PROJEKT RED will assist with arranging and paying for reasonable costs for the gamescom exhibitor badges, flights, accommodation and other practical arrangements for the Participants participating in the Main Event who have been selected via Ranked Qualifiers, as detailed in section 3.3 (Ranked Qualifiers) above. Participants must be available to arrive in Cologne in time to attend gamescom on Thursday 24th August 2017 at 10:00 Central Eastern Summer Time. Participants are responsible for any and all other costs and expenses associated with their participation in the Tournament. Other than as set out above, CD PROJEKT RED will not be responsible for travel, accommodation, gamescom tickets or other costs for any other Participants, including those competing in the Wild Card Qualifiers.
Parents & Guardians. Any Participant who is between 13 and 17 years old will also require a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to the Wild Card Qualifiers and/or Main Event (as applicable). CD PROJEKT RED will not be responsible for arranging or paying for flights, accommodation, gamescom tickets or other costs for any such parent or legal guardian.
Travel Documentation. Participants competing in the Wild Card Qualifiers and/or Main Event must have and are solely responsible for obtaining all the necessary visas, permits, passports and other travel documents required to travel to and, if applicable, to work in Germany. If a Participant fails to obtain and/or provide clear information of any of the above to CD PROJEKT RED upon requests, he/she will be disqualified from the Tournament with immediate effect.
Attendance. If any Participant in the Wild Card Qualifiers or the Main Event is unable to be at the GWENT booth at gamescom by 10:30 Central Eastern Summer Time on the relevant day of the Tournament or is otherwise unfit to play, CD PROJEKT RED at its sole discretion may allocate another Participant to fill his/her place in the Wild Card Qualifiers and/or Main Event (as applicable) at its sole discretion.
GWENT User Agreement. It is a condition of participation in the Tournament that Participants must comply fully at all times with the GWENT User Agreement. This includes but is not limited to section 9 ( Rules for Using GWENT) in particular, which contains rules on hacking, griefing, cheating, power levelling, account misuse and inappropriate behaviour. The remainder of this section 8 (Conduct) contains additional rules that supplement those in the GWENT User Agreement and apply to the Tournament.
Behaviour. Participants are expected to conduct themselves professionally and observe the highest standards of integrity and good sportsmanship throughout the Tournament. This includes:
turning up to the Tournament on time;
treating other Participants, sponsors, staff, fans, leagues and CD PROJEKT RED with respect and courtesy;
complying with all policies and rules that may be introduced and notified to you from time to time;
not using profanity or obscenities or otherwise acting inappropriately in game, such as name tags, game chat, lobby chat or at any live event or broadcast.
not acting in any way which may be considered violent, threatening, harassing, discriminating, racist, sexist or intimidating (physical or non-physical) towards other Participants, sponsors, staff, fans, leagues and/or CD PROJEKT RED; and
not acting or becoming involved in any situation or event which brings (or could potentially bring) himself/herself, other Participants, CD PROJEKT RED and/or GWENT into public scandal, disrepute or ridicule or which shocks or offends the community or reflects unfavourably on GWENT and/or CD PROJEKT RED.
Cheating. Any form of cheating will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification. This includes (but is not limited to):
match-fixing, collusion (including sharing prize money with other Participants) or any other action intended to alter the results of any part of the Tournament;
‘ghosting’ an opponent on stream (i.e. watching or monitoring an opponent’s live stream in order to unfairly gain any sort of competitive advantage);
using any bugs, glitches or exploits in the game;
using someone else’s account, aside from any account which CD PROJEKT RED specifically provides to you for the Tournament; and
Interfering with another participant’s connection to the game or platform through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), tunneling, code injection or insertion or similar.
Software and Hardware . Electronic devices such as mobile phones and smart watches will not be allowed during any Match. All personal equipment should be handed to the Administrator before a tournament commences.
Gambling. Participants participating in the Tournament must not gamble on the outcome of the Tournament or any part of it, whether actual, attempted, direct, indirect, intentional or otherwise, nor be involved with or encourage the same in any way, whether or not it involves any stake and whether or not it involves the receipt (or chance of receiving) money or gain or profit of any kind.
Doping . Participants must not take or consume nor be involved in any way with the creation, provision or distribution of any alcohol or substances which are or could be considered to: (i) be illegal, restricted, unauthorised or inappropriate, or (ii) have any kind of negative or deleterious effect or (iii) involve a breach of section 8.2 (Behaviour), at or in connection with the Tournament. If a Participant has a genuine condition requiring prescribed medication to be used in connection with the Tournament, Participants are required to advise the appropriate CD PROJEKT RED and the Administrator in good time. CD PROJEKT RED operates a zero-tolerance approach to the use of such substances and alcohol in connection with the Tournament.
Restricted Sponsorship. In order to preserve the reputation of the Tournament and CD PROJEKT RED, sponsors that fall in the following categories will not be permitted for any Participant competing in the Tournament (“Restricted Sponsorships”):
Tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vaping products
Pornography or other adult materials;
Firearms or other weaponry;
Gambling or betting services/products/websites;
Key-selling marketplaces; and
Any other product or service deemed to be detrimental or inappropriate by CD PROJEKT RED.
Participants must not in any way (whether directly or indirectly, intentionally or otherwise) show, mention, talk about, refer to, use the products of or wear clothing featuring the name or branding of, or otherwise connected with, any Restricted Sponsorships at any point throughout the Tournament. CD PROJEKT RED may update the above list at any time at its sole and absolute discretion.
MEDIA RIGHTS AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Participant Materials . A Participant will remain the owner of his/her own name, tag, nickname, initials, likeness, image, picture, photograph, animation, persona, autograph/signature, voice, statistics, biographical information and/or any and all other personal indicia, identifying characteristics or information, together with all Intellectual Property Rights (defined below) in the same (“Participant Materials”), subject to the licences granted to CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates in these Rules.
Licences . Each Participant grants to CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free licence and right to copy, edit, promote, advertise, market, display, sponsor, host, store, broadcast or otherwise use his/her Participant Materials in connection with GWENT, the Tournament and CD PROJEKT RED which will include (but not be limited to) the right for CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates to display his/her Participant Materials: (a) on websites, social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and editorial content relating to GWENT, the Tournament and CD PROJEKT RED; (b) in connection with the webcast, streaming, telecast, broadcast and other distribution of the Tournament; and (c) otherwise in connection with the marketing, advertising, sponsorship, promotion and other exploitation of GWENT, the Tournament and CD PROJEKT RED (“ Promotional Activities”). CD PROJEKT RED may use Participant Materials in the Promotional Activities at its sole and absolute discretion without requiring a Participant’s prior approval and without any form of payment to Participants. Each Participant hereby waives and releases any and all claims against CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates in respect of any moral, personal and publicity rights (including, so far as is possible, any equivalent or similar rights in any territory of the world) in the Promotional Activities and any other use of the Participant Materials by CD PROJEKT RED or its Affiliates.
CDPR Ownership . CD PROJEKT RED will be the sole and exclusive owner of: (a) GWENT; (b) the Tournament; (c) any materials produced in relation to the Promotional Activities; (d) any ideas, suggestions, proposals, improvements, enhancement or feedback of any kind that Participants provide to CD PROJEKT RED in relation to GWENT, the Tournament or CD PROJEKT RED; (e) data and statistics relating to the Tournament, including all feeds and data streams of such data and statistics; (f) these Rules; (g) all CD PROJEKT RED materials accompanying all the same; and (h) any updates or modifications to the same, in each case with all Intellectual Property Rights in them.
In this section: "Intellectual Property Rights" means any and all copyright, trade marks, service marks, trade dress, brand names, logos, goodwill, get up, trade, business or domain names, design rights, database rights, patents, rights in inventions, know-how, trade secrets and confidential information, rights in databases, rights in computer software, moral rights, publicity rights, performance rights, synchronisation rights, mechanical rights, publishing, rental, lending and transmission rights and other intellectual property and exploitation rights of a similar or corresponding character which may now or in the future subsist in any part of the world, in all cases whether or not registered or registrable including all granted applications and all applications for registration, division, continuation, reissuance, renewals, extensions, restorations and reversions regarding any of the same.
Disclaimers. You agree that CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates are not responsible for:
Any corrupted, distorted, inaccurate, incomplete, damaged, late or lost data, communications or transmissions;
Hardware, software, internet, network, electronic or other computer-related malfunctions or failures;
Any Tournament disruptions, losses, injuries or damages caused by events beyond the control of CD PROJEKT RED (although we will take reasonable steps to ensure participant safety and security); or
Any printing or typographical errors in documents or materials for the Tournament or GWENT.
Liability. THE PROVISIONS OF THE GWENT USER AGREEMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION SECTION 14.3 (LIMITATION OF LIABILITY), APPLY BETWEEN CD PROJEKT RED AND PARTICIPANTS IN CONNECTION WITH THIS TOURNAMENT IRRESPECTIVE OF WHERE PARTICIPANTS ARE BASED GEOGRAPHICALLY. PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THEY PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOURNAMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL PLAYING GWENT AND NOT AS A CONSUMER. PARTICIPANTS ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GWENT IS STILL IN BETA AND IS PROVIDED ‘AS IS’ WITHOUT ANY LIABILITY ON CD PROJEKT RED IF GWENT IS NOT COMPLETE OR DOES NOT WORK FULLY OR CAUSES ISSUES. BETAS MAY NOT BE TOTALLY FEATURE-COMPLETE AND CONTENTS MAY CHANGE.
Assumption of Risk. Participants understand and agree that there are risks involved with professional electronic gaming, including but not limited to eye damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries and other damage associated with extended periods of computer-based work. To the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) Participants hereby expressly assume all risk of injury or damage to his/her person or property, including death, while voluntarily choosing to be involved in the Tournament; and (b) Participants release CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates from and against any claim, demand, suit, judgment, cost or fees, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, damages, or other liabilities relating to or arising out of activities connected with the Tournament. If Participants are resident in the European Union at the applicable time, this does not apply in the case of fraud, personal injury or death caused by CD PROJEKT RED’s negligence.
Compliance With Laws. Participants must comply with all applicable laws and regulations applicable to their participation in the Tournament.
Confidential Information. Participants will keep any Confidential Information (defined below) of CD PROJEKT RED and its Affiliates confidential and secure and will not disclose or communicate it to any third party, except their professional representatives or advisors or as required by law. For the purpose of these Rules, “ Confidential Information” means any information or materials disclosed by CD PROJEKT RED and/or its Affiliates which: (a) would be regarded as confidential by a reasonable business person, (b) is identified as "Confidential", or (c) is generally not publicly available.
Language. These Rules are prepared in the English language. If any non-English translations of these Rules are prepared, in the event of any discrepancy or conflict between the English and non-English versions, the English version will prevail. All matches during the Tournament will also be on the English version of GWENT.
No Employment Relationship. These Rules do not create any exclusive relationship between Participants and CD PROJEKT RED nor any partnership, joint venture, employment or agency.
Waiver. No failure or delay by CD PROJEKT RED to exercise any right or remedy provided under these Rules or by law will constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy by CD PROJEKT RED will preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
Severability . If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of these Rules (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision will, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of this Agreement will not be affected.
Entire Agreement. These Rules, together with any other documents referred to in them, contains the entire agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior agreements, arrangements and understandings between the parties relating to that subject matter. Each party acknowledges that, in entering into these Rules, it has not relied on, and will have no right or remedy in respect of, any statement, representation, assurance or warranty (whether made negligently or innocently) other than as expressly set out in these Rules.
Decisions. CD PROJEKT RED, its Affiliates or any of its partners acting on its behalf may make any decisions and impose any sanctions considered appropriate in connection with the Tournament, on a final and binding basis with no right of appeal. This includes (without limitation) CD PROJEKT RED’s determination on matters in relation to forfeiting (see section 6 (Forfeiting)) and Participant conduct (see section 8 (Conduct)). CD PROJEKT RED will make reasonable efforts to provide written reasons for its decisions and sanctions and to give reasonable notice of the same (subject to the requirements of operating the Tournament efficiently).
Changes. CD PROJEKT RED reserves the right in its sole discretion to update, patch or improve GWENT or the Tournament at any time to fix exploits, bugs as well as add features or rebalance the game.
Changes to the Rules. CD PROJEKT RED reserves the right to edit, change, delete, or add to these Rules in its sole discretion and at any time will use reasonable efforts to inform you when it does.
Questions. For any questions or comments about these Rules, please contact email@example.com.
Governing Law and Jurisdiction. These Rules and any dispute or claim in connection with it will be governed by the law of Poland and under the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Polish law. Each party waives, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any objection to such choice of exclusive governing law and jurisdiction and any claim that any such action or proceedings brought in such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.
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