ESPORTS CODE OF CONDUCT

Last update on July 29, 2020

 

Ultimate Gamer® is where the world comes to play! We are building the world’s largest community of gamers to celebrate our shared love of gaming through community, content, and competition. This can only be accomplished if everyone does their part to make Esports a place for all by making it a place where everyone is treated equally, can have fun, is engaged, and feels welcomed.

This Esports Code of Conduct is a living document and will change to reflect new developments and trends from event to event and competition to competition. It is important that you check back before each event or competition as updates will be posted online and your continued participation in any event or competition, either as a gamer or spectator, means that you consent to the rules below, and any updates. We recommend that you review the Code of Conduct (the “Code”) regularly to ensure you are aware of your rights and responsibilities.

This Esports Code of Conduct applies to all online game play, forums, chat rooms, social media sites, competitions, and events. It is meant to ensure that all gamers compete in a fair and sportsmanlike manner, and that gamers and spectators demonstrate appropriate social behavior. Anyone participating in or watching an event or competition is bound by the Code, and may be asked to leave the venue, and if applicable, disqualified or prohibited in participating in future events or competitions if they fail to do so.

The following rules apply to individuals participating in an event or competition (each a “gamer”).

All gamers are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on the event or competition, including all individuals and organizations affiliated with the event or competition.

Competition:

  • Gamers are expected to compete to the best of their ability at all times during events and competitions, and must at all times act in accordance with the rules for the event or competition, including any direction given by the administrator or anyone acting on its behalf.
  • Cheating is defined as any act that gives one gamer a competitive advantage over another. If a gamer feels that they have been cheated by another gamer, that gamer must raise their concern with the administrator immediately by providing as much detail as possible. Complaints should always be accompanied by video or photographic evidence (if available), or other documentation to validate the claim. All complaints will be handled on a case-by-case basis, and depending on severity may result in: i) an initial warning, or for a second offense, immediate forfeit of the current game or match; ii) immediate forfeit of current game or match; or iii) immediate disqualification from the event or competition and prohibition from participating in future events or competitions. Examples of cheating include, but are not limited to:
    • Collusion and Match Fixing, defined as any agreement between two (2) or more gamers to disadvantage opposing gamers.
    • Hacking or modifying the game.
    • Using a prohibited class, team, weapon, item, or action during a game.
    • Spectating an opposing gamers’ monitor or live streams.
    • Using restricted hardware or equipment during a game.
    • Using any gamer that was not registered to the event during the registration period of the event.
    • Intentionally disconnecting from any game prior to its official conclusion.
    • Exploiting known in-game bugs, glitches, and unintended game features to put opposing gamers in a disadvantage.

Sportsmanship:

We are committed to providing gamers with a competitive environment that is free of harassment and discrimination. To that end:

  • Gamers may not use language in relation to the event or competition that is deemed by the administrator to be obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, or otherwise offensive or objectionable.
  • Gamers may not engage in the harassment of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous behavior, discriminatory words, or actions on account of race, skin color, ethnic, national or social origin, physical ability, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, financial status, birth or any other status, sexual orientation, or any other reason.

Prohibited Content:

We encourage gamers to wear their own jerseys and to create unique gamer nicknames. However, jerseys and gamer nicknames containing the following are prohibited, and may not be worn or used at any event related to the event competition, including but not limited to game play, gamer/team interviews, public appearances, or any other event where the gamers are appearing on behalf of or representing the event or competition:

  • Sponsorship categories including, but not limited to: drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco, (legal or otherwise), pornography and/or other R rated content, firearms, political or religious organizations, hazardous products or services, gambling related products or services, products or services that represent trade with countries subject to embargoes or trade sanctions by Canada and/or the United States;
  • Language that is obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive, or otherwise offensive or objectionable.
  • Language that espouses insults, hate, harassment, or is demeaning towards individuals and/or groups.
  • Content that may infringe the rights of any third party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights, or rights of a person, including parodies or satirical references to third party intellectual property.

General:

  • Gamers are expected to respond to requests from administrators in a timely manner. Gamers may not disclose any confidential information provided by administrators or any parties related to the event or competition by any method of communication, including all social media channels.
  • In addition to the Code of Conduct, gamers may be obligated to comply with any rules or regulations imposed on them by the game’s manufacturers or equipment providers (i.e. terms and conditions associated third party accounts required for participation in an event or competition, including but not limited to PlayStation, Xbox, Epic, Riot Games, Blizzard etc.).

 

The following rules apply to individuals attending a live event or competition (each a “Spectator”):

While watching an Esports competition live is an exciting opportunity, gamers are not merely participating for the enjoyment of the audience. They are there to compete in an event or competition, which requires a level of concentration.

  • Applauding and cheering for your favorite gamer or team is encouraged. However, heckling and abusive language towards gamers, referees, commentators or other spectators is not. Further, any attempt by a spectator to influence the result of a game will be dealt with accordingly and may result in immediate expulsion from the venue (for example, calling out one gamer’s position on a map to give an advantage to another gamer).
  • Spectators found to be using language that is deemed by the administrator to be obscene, foul, vulgar, insulting, threatening, abusive (or otherwise offensive), objectionable espouses insults, hate or harassment, or is demeaning towards individuals or groups will be asked to leave the venue.

 

The following rules apply to both Gamers and Spectators:

No Drugs or Alcohol:

  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol (legal or otherwise) may lead to disruptive behavior. Gamers and spectators believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol may be removed, and in the case of gamers, disqualified from the event or competition at the sole discretion of the administrator.

 

All decisions regarding the enforcement of the Code are at the discretion of the administrator and are final and binding.