OFFICIAL LEAGUE RULES [SIMILAR TO TEKKEN WORLD TOUR RULES]

Last updated April 08, 2019

1. INTRODUCTION

The SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS (the “League”) are brought to you by BEast of the East. (“BEast”). The League is comprised of competitive esports gaming tournaments, featuring SOULCALIBUR VI (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 highest-ranked Player from the Leaderboard will be crowned as the SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE 2019 Champion!

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 BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast in its sole discretion. The most recent version of these Official Rules will be posted on https://beastapac.com/scasialeague (the “League Website”), and BEast 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 BEast 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.

2. CERTAIN DEFINITIONS

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.

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.

Leaderboard – the official leaderboard that tracks Points earned in the Tournaments by a Player.

League Entities – BEast, 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 and the SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE 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. LEAGUE FORMAT

  • 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 BEast.BEast 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 SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals, are categorized as “Battle Stage,” or “Asia League Finals,” Tournaments. These designations are determined by BEast 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. 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 the points they earn from Battle Stages and Asia League Finals.Players will be ranked on the Leaderboard based on the total Points earned in the Tournaments they compete. The more Points a Player accumulates, the higher on the Leaderboard he or she will be. BEast will track and update Points totals and Leaderboard positions for each Player upon completion of each Tournament.
    • 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 all tournaments;
        2) Aggregate number of Points earned from all Battle Stage tournaments;
        3) Highest Points earned from Asia League Finals;

      • 3.3 Schedule
    • 3.4. SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals
      The SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals is the final championship event of the League. It is an Open Tournament where all the players are able to join. If any of the Players who has won a Battle Stage decline or are ineligible, invitations will be extended to the next Player from the Leaderboard unless it is less than a month before the League Finals.
      • 3.4.1. Group Stage
        In the “Group Stage” players will be seeded by league points and by country. The Players in each Group will compete in a Double Elimination Format with Best-of-Three Matches. Top 2 players of each group will proceed to the next stage of the League Finals. 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.
      • 3.4.2. 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.

4. GENERAL ELIGIBILITY AND PLAYER EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

Tournaments are open to individuals who are thirteen (13) years of age or older on the date they register for a Tournament.

Online tournaments (If applicable) are only open to legal residents of the respective Eligibility Areas that the Tournaments are associated with, as indicated above in Section 3.3. Individuals who are not legal residents of the applicable Eligibility Area will not be allowed to participate in the relevant Tournament. Players who are not legal residents of the Eligibility Area will not be eligible to win prizes or earn qualifying Points.

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 SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals will receive a formal invitation from BEast or the Tournament Organizer to participate in accordance with these Official Rules. Individuals that do not receive an invitation to the SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals if either BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast or Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion. The League and/or Tournament is void where prohibited by law.

Officers, directors and employees of BEast 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 BEast.
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 BEast’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 BEast 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 BEast 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.

5. HOW TO APPLY TO PLAY IN A TOURNAMENT

  1. 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 beastapac.com/scasialeague.

     

    Your registration information will be collected and used in accordance with the privacy policies applicable to each Tournament and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated therein, such information will be shared with BEast and used by BEast in accordance with the privacy policy and terms of service (the “BEast Policies”) posted on www.twitch.tv/versusasia (the “BEast Website”), and the privacy policy posted on the League Website (the “League Policies”), which are incorporated herein by this reference. Please review the BEast Policies and the League Policies carefully before participating in a Tournament or the League. In the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the terms of these Official Rules and the terms of the BEast Policies or the League Policies the terms of these Official Rules shall prevail, govern and control. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the BEast Policies or the League Policies, BEast may share Player information with the League Entities, who will use such information to the extent needed to perform their duties and functions in connection with the Tournament, League or otherwise in accordance with their own independent privacy practices. In addition, BEast may engage third party application providers and other vendors to administer certain aspects of the League or Tournament, including without limitation, the online collection of Player information. Such third parties will provide your personally identifiable information to BEast and the other League Entities and use your information for their own independent purposes in accordance with their own independent privacy practices. BEast is not responsible for the storage or any use of your entry information by such third parties or the League Entities.

6. PLAYER APPEARANCE RELEASE

By participating in the League and/or Tournament, each Player hereby irrevocably grants BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast, on the other hand, the Appearance shall be deemed a work-made-for-hire for BEast prepared as a work specifically ordered and/or commissioned by BEast, and therefore, BEast 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 BEast, then by way of assignment and transfer of present and future copyright and otherwise, each Player hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells and assigns to BEast, 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 BEast’s ownership of such rights.

BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast or the other League Entities as a result of any of the uses described above, and irrevocably and unconditionally waives and releases BEast 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 BEast 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.

BEast shall have the right to freely assign its rights hereunder, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. BEast shall retain the rights granted in the Appearance even if the Player is disqualified or fails to meet the eligibility requirements.

7. CODE OF CONDUCT

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 BEast 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 BEast or the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion, may be immediately disqualified from the League or Tournament and forfeit all potential prizes. Further, BEast and the Tournament Organizers reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to ban disqualified Players from any future tournament or event organized by BEast 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 BEast 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 [2] 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 BEast 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, BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast 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, BEast 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.

8. GAME PLAY RULES

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 Procedure The following steps outline the process of playing a Match.
        1. Players select their sides (see Section 8.1.3)
        2. Players select their characters. Either Player may invoke Double Blind Character Selection (as defined in Section 8.1.4).
        3. The Players play the first Game of the Match.
        4. The losing Player of the preceding Game may choose to change characters.
        5. Players go to Stage Select and select Random (see Section 8.1.5)
        6. The next Game is played.
        7. 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 random stage select 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.
    • 8.2. 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.
    • 8.3. 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.
    • 8.4. 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 BEast 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 BEast and the Tournament Organizers in their sole discretion.

    • 8.10. SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Finals Attendance
      Eligible Players will receive an invitation from BEast to participate in SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE 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 BEast 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 BEast 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. BEast 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 BEast 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
        BEast 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 BEast). 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 SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE 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.

9. PRIZES

  1. Prizes are available for Master Tournaments (except for Tokyo SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE Masters), Challenger Tournaments, and the SOULCALIBUR ASIA LEAGUE 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 BEast. Each Player acknowledges and agrees that the Additional Prizes are awarded solely by the Tournament Organizers and hereby release and hold BEast 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. BATTLE STAGE
      BEast will award Five Hundred US dollars ($500) in prizes for each Battle Stage according to the following table:
      Standing Prize Money (USD)
      1st $500 + Flight to Singapore and accommation
      2nd Sponsored Prizes
      3rd Sponsored Prizes
      4th Sponsored Prizes
    • 9.2.  ASIA LEAGUE FINALS
      BEast will award Six Thousand US dollars ($6,000) in prizes according to the following table:
      Standing Prize Money (USD)
      1st $3,000
      2nd $2,000
      3rd $500
      4th $500

10. GENERAL PRIZE RESTRICTIONS

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, BEast 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, BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast or the Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, and will be required to provide his/her infomation, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes (at a time to be determined in BEastʼs 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). BEast or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will file a government tax agency or equivalent tax withholding documentation for the retail value of any prize or other items of value transferred to the Player by BEast or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, in accordance with government tax agency requirements, and BEast 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, as determined by BEast 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. BEast 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 BEast 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.

11. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

BEast 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 BEast 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.

12. IMPORTANT. PLEASE READ – GENERAL RELEASE AND LIMITATION ON LIABILITY

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 BEast 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.

BEast 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 BEast Website or the League Website, and BEast 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 BEast Website or the League Website or the field of play in the Title Game. Although BEast and the Tournament Organizers attempt to ensure the integrity of the League and Tournament, BEast 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 BEast 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, BEast, 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.

13. INDEMNIFICATION

Each Player hereby agrees to indemnify and hold BEast, 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.

14. FORCE MAJEURE

BEast 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 BEast 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 BEast’s or the Tournament Organizers’ control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), BEast shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the League or Tournament.

BEast 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 BEast 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.

15. TRANSFER OF PLAYER INFORMATION

By registering for and/or otherwise participating in the League or Tournament, each Player consents and agrees to the collection, transfer, storage and processing of his or her information to and in the United States and/or to other countries outside the country of Player’s country of residence. Such other countries may not have privacy laws and regulations that are similar to those of the country of Player’s residence. A Player may request access, review, rectification or deletion of any personal data held by BEast in connection with the League or Tournament by following the instructions provided in the Privacy Policy posted on the BEast Website.

16. DISPUTES

 Disputes shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Singapore, and any disputes will be resolved in the jurisdiction of the appropriate court as a first instance in the Republic of Singapore.

17. WINNER’S LIST / OFFICIAL RULES

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.

18. INVALIDITY / HEADINGS

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 BEast. 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.

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