CD PROJEKT RED – GWENT Challenger


Last updated on 16.03.2017

Overview:

  1. These are legally binding rules for the Tournament (accessible here https://www.playgwent.com/tournament/rules).

  2. There are rules regarding who is/isn’t eligible to take part in the Tournament.

  3. There are important rules around what you can and cannot do at the Tournament, disclaimers and liability.

  4. Our Privacy Policy explains what information we collect and how we protect it.

  5. 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! We are excited to be hosting our first ever GWENT tournament. Below you will find some important/legally binding rules that we have put together in relation to the Tournament.

1.

1.1

ABOUT THESE RULES

These Official Rules (“Rules”) govern the GWENT Challenger (“Tournament”). The Tournament will be separated into two events, the open qualifiers (“Open Qualifiers”) and the main event (“Main Event”).

1.2

These Rules are a legally binding contract between you and CD PROJEKT S.A., ul. Jagiellońska 74; 03-301, Warsaw, Poland (we will further call ourselves “ CD PROJEKT RED”). These Rules apply to our Tournament which we are running in partnership with ESL (“ ESL”).

1.3

The Tournament is also subject to your compliance with the GWENT User Agreement and Privacy Policy which applies to all our GWENT players, so please ensure that you have read it.

1.4

You must accept these Rules, the GWENT User Agreement and Privacy Policy in order to be eligible for and participate in the Tournament.

2.

2.1

ELIGIBILITY

If you are 18 or over, you are able to register for this Tournament. If you are between 13 and 17 years old, please ask your parent or guardian to review and approve of these Rules on your 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 22 March 2017 at 16:00 Central Eastern 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.

2.2

In order to be eligible for the Tournament, you must have authorised access to a GWENT account and you and your account must be in good standing (for example, you must not be subject to any bans) at the start and throughout the Tournament.

2.3

You are not eligible for the Tournament and may not participate if you are an employee, agent, supplier or are professionally connected to CD PROJEKT RED or ESL or any of their holding or subsidiary companies. This also includes any persons connected to you, including members of your families or household.

3.

3.1

OPEN QUALIFIERS

Date and time. The Open Qualifiers will take place across one weekend on the 8-9 April 2017. The ‘Temeria’ Open Qualifiers will take place at 12pm PST and the ‘Redania’ Open Qualifiers will take place at 12pm GMT on each day.

3.2

Registration. The Open Qualifiers will take place on the ESL Play platform. Participants will need to sign up via the CD PROJEKT RED portal first at https://www.playgwent.com/tournament and if successful (see section 3.4 below), also sign up for an ESL Play account which shares the same email address as their GOG account . The last date to register is the Final Registration Date as stated above. If you are selected to compete, you must agree and comply with ESL Play’s terms of use to remain eligible for the Tournament. In the event there is any conflict between these Rules and ESL Play’s terms of use, these Rules will prevail.

3.3

Places. There will be 256 places available in each Open Qualifier. This means there are 512 places available in total across both the ‘Temeria’ and ‘Redania’ Open Qualifiers.

3.4

Slot allocation. Participants will need to select either the ‘Temeria’ Open Qualifiers or ‘Redania’ Open Qualifiers when they register. Participants are not permitted to register for both Open Qualifiers.

For each Open Qualifier, the top 256 participants determined by their competitive GWENT in-game ranking will be selected to compete by CD PROJEKT RED, provided they have met the other eligibility requirements under section 2. Participants will receive an email by 24 March 2017 at 23:59 Central Eastern Time confirming whether or not they have been selected to compete and information on next steps.

CD PROJEKT RED will use the competitive GWENT in-game ranking of participants at the time of the Final Registration Date as its basis of selection. If you subsequently increase or decrease in ranking this will not affect slot allocation.

3.5

Decks. Each participant must have four different decks ready (out of Northern Realms, Nilfgaard, Skellige, Scoia’tael and Monsters, with only one per faction) with a minimum of 25 cards per deck with no more than four gold cards, six silver cards and a maximum of three copies of any bronze cards. Participants are allowed to create their decks only from the cards unlocked on their account. Participants are free to change their decklists throughout the Open Qualifiers between matches. Participants who change their decklist during a match will be disqualified.

3.6

Day one format. Each participant will play up to eight matches against different opponents in the Swiss-system format. A participant will be eliminated after three match losses. If after eight matches the number of participants has not been reduced to sixteen, then all remaining participants will proceed to day two.

“Swiss-system” means a tournament whereby competitors are randomly seeded against each other for a number of matches. After a certain number of losses, a participant is eliminated until only a set amount of participants remain. For more information, please see our FAQs.

3.7

Day one matches. All matches on the first day of the Open Qualifiers will be played as a ‘best of three’. Before every match, each participant must submit their Leader cards to the ESL administrator of their match in match chat. Each participant must then ban one of his/her opponent’s decks via ESL match chat. The lower seeded participants will be the first to ban. Participants then play with their remaining three decks. When a participant wins a round, he/she cannot use the winning deck again for the rest of the match. The loser may either use the same deck or switch to a different one.

3.8

Day two format. On the second day of the Open Qualifiers, the 16 participants (or possibly more under section 3.6) in each Open Qualifier who have the best win/loss record from day one will compete against each other in single elimination format until two participants remain in that Open Qualifier (“Qualifying Players”). This means there will be two Qualifying Players from the Temeria Open Qualifiers and two from the Redania Open Qualifiers.

“Single elimination” means the tournament will be a series of one-to-one match ups each round. The losers are eliminated from the tournament entirely after each round. For more information, please see our FAQs.

3.9

Day two matches. All matches on the second day will be played as a ‘best of five’. Before every match, each participant must submit their Leader cards to the ESL administrator of their match in match chat. Each participant must then ban one of his/her opponent’s decks via ESL match chat. The lower seeded participants will be the first to ban. Participants then play with their remaining three decks. When a participant wins a round, he/she cannot use the winning deck again for the rest of the match. The loser may either use the same deck or switch to a different one. In order to win a ‘best of five’ match, the winning participant must therefore win a round with each of his/her remaining three decks.

3.10

Qualifying Players. Participants that qualify for the Main Event (“ Qualifying Players”) will be contacted by ESL via their registered email address!

4.

4.1

MAIN EVENT

Date, time and location. The Main Event will take place on 13 May 2017 at ESL Arena in Katowice, Zeliwna 38, Poland.

4.2

Prizes. The prizes are: first place prize is $60,000; second place prize is $20,000; and the third and fourth place prize is $10,000 each. For completeness, these are the intended prizes for full completion of the Tournament to eligible and qualifying participants. Payment of prize money will be within sixty (60) days from the completion of the Main Event. Prize money is paid inclusive of any and all taxes and is subject to applicable withholding tax as well as any applicable laws and regulations. The participant will be solely responsible for the payment of any national, federal, state, local or other taxes of any kind in relation to any prize money.

4.3

Main Event participants. The Main Event will be an eight-player tournament; four professional esports players (“Pro Players ”) and the four Qualifying Players.

4.4

Seeding. For the first matches of the Main Event, each Pro Player will be randomly seeded against a Qualifying Player.

4.5

Decks. Each participant must have four different decks ready (out of Northern Realms, Nilfgaard, Skellige, Scoia’tael and Monsters, with only one per faction) with a minimum of 25 cards per deck with no more than four gold cards, six silver cards and a maximum of three copies of any bronze cards. Participants are allowed to create their deck from all cards currently available in GWENT (CD PROJEKT RED will set up accounts for this, see section 4.6 below), not just cards they own unlocked in their user account.

4.6

Deck submission. All participants competing in the Main Event must submit their decklists in advance to CD PROJEKT RED by 9 May 2017 at 23:59 Central Eastern Time to ESL and CDPROJEKT assigned email addresses. CD PROJEKT RED will then create GWENT accounts for each user with their submitted decklists for use in the Main Event. Participants will not be able to change their decklists once submitted.

4.7

Leader submission and deck banning. Every participant before each match must submit their Leader cards to their opponent. Each participant must then ban one of their opponent’s decks via an ESL administrator which cannot be used for that match.

4.8

Format. The matches in the Main Event will be a ‘best of five’ and in single elimination format. Participants will play with their remaining three decks following the ban. When a participant wins around, he/she cannot use the winning deck again for the rest of the match. The loser may either use the same deck or switch to a different one. In order to win a ‘best of five’ match, the winning participant must therefore win a round with each of his/her remaining three decks.

Please see section 3.8 and our FAQs for information on “single elimination”.

5.

FORFEITING

Participants will default/forfeit their match in the Tournament if he/she:

  • Material breaches of these Rules or the GWENT User Agreement.

  • Signs up for both the ‘Redania’ and ‘Temeria’ Open Qualifiers.

  • Uses a deck that has been banned by his opponent, or uses a deck he/she has previously won with in the same match.

  • Does not meet the deck requirements under section 3.5 or 4.5.

  • Colludes or attempts to collude with any opponents (including intentionally throwing, or informing other participants of an opponent’s strategy).

  • Disconnects from a match after the first card is played.

  • Repeatedly disconnects, 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.

ESL and CD PROJEKT RED retain the right in their sole discretion to remove a participant from the Tournament entirely for any of the above actions.

6.

6.1

TRAVEL AND EXPENSES

Flights and accommodation. ESL will be responsible for the flights, accommodation, meals and other practical arrangements (including reasonable costs of the same) for the participants participating in the Main Event. Qualifying Players must be available to arrive in Warsaw on 11 May 2017. Participants are responsible for any and all other costs and expenses associated with their participation in the Tournament.

6.2

Qualifying Players. Any Qualifying Player who is between 13 and 17 years old will also require a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to the Main Event. ESL will be responsible for arranging flights and accommodation for one parent or legal guardian accompanying a participant participating in the Main Event.

6.3

Travel documentation. Participants competing in the Main Event must have all the necessary visas, passports and other travel documents required to travel to and if applicable to work in Poland and are solely responsible for obtaining the same. Failure to do so will result in immediate disqualification.

7.

7.1

CONDUCT

GWENT User Agreement. IT IS A CONDITION OF YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE TOURNAMENT THAT YOU COMPLY FULLY AT ALL TIMES WITH THE GWENT USER AGREEMENT, ESPECIALLY SECTION 9 (“ RULES FOR USING GWENT”), ALL OF WHICH APPLIES TO THE TOURNAMENT. THIS COVERS (BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO) RULES ON NO HACKING, GRIEFING, CHEATING, POWER LEVELLING, ACCOUNT MISUSE AND INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR. THE REMAINDER OF THIS SECTION 7 CONDUCT) ARE ADDITIONAL RULES APPLYING TO THE TOURNAMENT.

7.2

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 or leagues with respect and courtesy; and

  • complying with all policies and rules that may be introduced and notified to you from time to time.

7.3

Inappropriate Tournament behaviour. Participants must not use profanity or obscenities or otherwise act inappropriately in their gamer name/tags, game chat, lobby chat, or at any live event or broadcast.

7.4

Violence and intimidation. Violence, threats, harassment, discrimination, racism, sexism, physical or non-physical intimidation will not be tolerated whether against members of staff, audience members, other participants or otherwise.

7.5

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 or any other action intended to alter the results of a round or match;

  • Ghosting an opponent on stream;

  • Playing on 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.

If participants wish to stream any of their Open Qualifier matches, we ask that any streams are put on a 15-minute delay.

Please refer to section 9.5 of the GWENT User Agreement for additional details.

7.6

Gambling. No one may gamble on the outcome of the Tournament or any part of it, whether directly or indirectly in any way, nor be involved with or encourage with the same in any way, whether for money or otherwise.

7.7

Doping . No one may take any illegal, unauthorised or inappropriate substances 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, please advise the appropriate ESL member of staff in good time. We operate a zero tolerance approach to the use of banned substances and alcohol in connection with the Tournament.

7.8

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:

  • Key-selling marketplaces;

  • Alcohol;

  • Tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vaping products;

  • Pornography;

  • Firearms or other weaponry;

  • Gambling or betting products/websites; and

  • Any other product or service deemed to be detrimental or inappropriate by CD PROJEKT RED.

For clarity, no actions or conduct or steps of any kind, whether directly or indirectly, regarding such sponsors in connection with the Tournament will be permitted (including but not limited to wearing clothing featuring such sponsors, using items referring to such sponsors or making any verbal or written reference to such sponsors).

7.9

General behaviour. Participants are required to observe all laws applicable to their participation in the Tournament. If the participant acts or becomes involved in any situation or event which brings him/her into public scandal, disrepute or ridicule, CD PROJEKT RED may immediately disqualify the participant from the Tournament.

7.10

Attendance. If any Qualifying Player or Pro Player is unable to be in Warsaw by 11 May 2017 or is otherwise unfit to play, CD PROJEKT RED at its sole discretion may allocate another participant to fill his/her place in the Main Event.

8.

MEDIA RIGHTS

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.

You will remain the owner of your 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 in the same (“Participant Materials”), subject to the licences granted to CD PROJEKT RED and its affiliates in these Rules.

You grant to CD PROJEKT RED and its affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, transferable, sub-licensable, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free licence over the Participant Materials to promote, advertise, market, display, sponsor, host broadcast or otherwise exploit 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 the 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 their reasonable discretion without any form of payment to You. You hereby waive and release any and all moral/publicity/similar rights in the Promotional Activities and any other use of the Participant Materials by CD PROJEKT RED or its affiliates.

ESL may also require participants to sign additional media rights waivers or consents.

9.

GENERAL

9.1

Disclaimers. You agree that CD PROJEKT RED, ESL and their 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 or ESL (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.

9.2

Liability. THE PROVISIONS OF THE GWENT USER AGREEMENT, SECTIONS 14.3 (LIMITATION OF LIABILITY), APPLY BETWEEN CD PROJEKT RED AND YOU IN CONNECTION WITH THIS TOURNAMENT IRRESPECTIVE OF WHERE YOU ARE BASED GEOGRAPHICALLY. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU PARTICIPATE IN THIS TOURNAMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL PLAYING GWENT AND NOT AS A CONSUMER. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT GWENT IS STILL IN BETA AND IS PROVIDED ‘AS IS’.

9.3

Intellectual property. These Rules, the Tournament, GWENT and all accompanying materials are property of CD PROJEKT RED S.A. and its respective licensors. All rights reserved.

9.4

Data protection. Any personal data collected from you by ESL for its own separate purposes (for example, in connection with registration and operation of ESL accounts or information gathered for your use of other ESL services) will be governed by its separate privacy policy. Any personal data collected from you in connection with your participation in the Tournament by CD PROJEKT RED, or by ESL on behalf of CD PROJEKT RED, will be subject to our GWENT Privacy Policy. You hereby authorise CD PROJEKT RED to share data with ESL for the purpose of running this Tournament. We may require specific information from and apply legal tests to prize winners for the purpose of anti-money laundering rules if required by applicable law or regulations (if so, this will be a requirement of paying out any prizes).

9.5

Decisions are final. The decisions made by CD PROJEKT RED (or ESL on its behalf) are final with no right of appeal. The failure by a participant (or if appropriate his/her parent or legal guardian) to cooperate with any internal or external investigation that is conducted relating to a breach of the Rules or applicable law is, itself, a breach of the Rules.

9.6

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.

9.7

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.

9.8

THE PROVISIONS OF THE GWENT USER AGREEMENT, SECTION 17 (GOVERNING LAW) AND 18 (DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND BINDING ARBITRATION) WILL APPLY TO THIS TOURNAMENT (FOR INFORMATION, IN THE EU/REST OF WORLD THIS APPLIES POLISH LAW AND JURISDICTION, BUT IN THE USA THEY APPLY A MANDATORY ARBITRATION PROCESS AS WELL AS CALIFORNIA LAW AND JURISDICTION).