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Tournament Rules | Valorant Community Tournament

Overview

  • The Valorant Community Tournament, powered by Jack Link’s, is an open tournament (the “Tournament”).
  • There will be up to 128 teams in the Tournament. Teams will consist of five players (individually a “Participant” and together a “Team”), one of whom will be designated captain and will be the main point of contact with the Tournament organisers.
  • Participants may stream the Tournament with the permission of the Tournament administrators. Such permission should be sought by contacting Fnatic Ltd (“Fnatic”) on the Tournament Discord or emailing community@fnatic.com.
  • The Tournament is a three (3) day, Valorant tournament. The tournament will consist of a 128 team bracket and will be played on PC.
  • The Tournament prizes are as follows:
    • 1st place, each participant will receive:
      • Custom Fnatic Pro 2022 Jersey
      • 1x Streak65 LP
      • 1x Bolt Mouse
      • 1x React Headset
    • 2nd place, each participant will receive:
      • Custom Fnatic Pro 2022 Jersey
      • 1x React Headset
  • Please note: the prizes are as stated only, Fnatic will not pay out the cash value of the prizes as an alternative. There are still some countries we aren’t able to ship to (check the list here), if you win and you’re located in one of them, we’ll do our best to find a solution but Fnatic isn’t liable to you for the prize if an alternative shipping arrangement can’t be reached.
  • To qualify for the Tournament, Participants must;
    • play on their main Riot account
    • be at least 16 years old as of 7 February 2022
    • be resident of EMEA as of 7 February 2022 (such that they will play the Tournament from a location based in an EMEA country)
    • not be a pro player participating in a VCT or VRL qualified team
  • Team captains will be invited to join a Discord for centralised communication prior to and during the Tournament.
  • Employees of Riot, Jack Link’s and all associated companies are not allowed to participate in this Tournament.
  • Jack Link’s are the sole sponsors of the Valorant Community Tournament. Participants agree that their inclusion in the Tournament is as an individual and must not reference, tag, or promote 3rd party sponsors in social media posts or other forums, either directly or indirectly.

Rules

1. General Rules

1.1. Tournament

The Valorant Community Tournament is an open Tournament for Valorant, hosted by Fnatic and played on PC. The Tournament is limited to players who are residents or citizens of the EMEA.

1.2. Administration

Everybody who is authorised by Fnatic to administer the Valorant Community Tournament based on its rules and regulations will be called an "Admin". In the following, the collection of all Admins will be called the "Administration".

1.3. Participants and Commitment

1.3.1. Every Participant must:

  • have a valid main Riot Account;
  • be at least 16 years old as of 7 February 2022;
  • be a citizen or be a resident of an EMEA country as of 7 February 2022;
  • not be employees of Jack Link’s, Riot or their associated companies; and
  • not be a pro player participating in a VCT or VRL qualified team.

1.3.2. By participating in the Valorant Community Tournament, Participants acknowledge they will, without limitation, comply with the Tournament Rules and with the statements and decisions made by the Administration.

1.3.3. Every Participant acknowledges the right for the Administration to modify the rules and regulations for adjustments at any time without notice and if necessary overrule those to ensure fair play and integrity throughout the Tournament.

1.3.4. Every Participant must be respectful towards Admins and other Participants. Insults and unfair or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated and will be punished in accordance with these rules.

1.3.5. Every Team Captain can join the Discord server to communicate with Admins for the Tournament. The link to the Discord server will be provided to participants before the start of the Tournament.

1.3.6. Every Participant has to try to win every round of the Tournament. Purposefully losing for any reason is strictly forbidden.

1.3.7. Vulgar, racist, sexist or otherwise offensive player names are forbidden. This will be at the sole discretion of the Tournament Admins.

1.3.8. Every Participant acknowledges the right for the Administration to edit players’ names if names are deemed unfit for display.

1.3.9. Every Participant in the Valorant Community Tournament consents to the collection of footage, photo and audio material displaying or voicing them during the Tournament to be stored and used for announcements, website content and other publications by Fnatic unrestricted and unlimited in terms of time and place.

1.4. Communication

1.4.1. All communication between Participants and the Administration has to be held in English at any time and at any stage of the Tournament.

1.4.2. The Administration may only be contacted via the following e-mail address: community@fnatic.com or the Tournament Discord. This helps Admins to coordinate as a team and work faster on issues. It will be the sole responsibility of Fnatic to manage communications on behalf of the Administration between Participants and the Administration. Any other form of communication shall be ignored.

2. Format & Schedule

2.1. Tournament Format

The Tournament is a three (3) day, Valorant tournament. The tournament will consist of a 128 team direct elimination bracket and will be played on PC (the “Tournament”).

2.2. Score metrics

All matches except the Grand Finals will be a Best-of-One. The Grand Finals will be played as a Best-of-Three.

2.3. Registration

All Participants have to sign up on Challengermode and create or join a team. Teams have a check-in period of 60 minutes before the tournament starts. The first 128 teams to ready up in time with all their players, will qualify for a spot in the tournament on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no entry fee.

2.4. Seeding

The seeding will automatically be done by Challengermode at the start time of the tournament (that means uneven matches can happen in the first rounds).

2.5. Schedule

The Valorant Community Tournament will run on 7 February 2022 starting at 19:00 GMT and ending with the Grand Finals on 9 February 2022 at 21:00 GMT (the “Tournament Window”).

2.6. Tournament Restrictions

Participants must commit to playing the entire Tournament. Team Participants must remain the same for the entirety of the Tournament to ensure a level playing field. If Participants can no longer participate once the Tournament has started, the Administration will suggest the next steps and the Participant may risk forfeiting their whole Team. This is at the Administration’s sole discretion.

3. Match Times

3.1. Match Times

Each game will be played at a time within the Tournament Window to be determined by the Administration at their sole discretion. The first four (4) matches will be played on 07 February 2022 starting at 19:00 GMT. Quarterfinals and Semifinal matches will be played on 08 February 2022 starting at 19:00 GMT. And the Grand Finals will be played on 09 February 2022 starting at 18:00 GMT with the live broadcast starting at 17:00 GMT.

3.2. Rescheduling / Postponing

Matches cannot be postponed or rescheduled to another date or time unless determined by the Administration at its sole discretion for any reason.

3.3. Punctuality

Matches start at the time stated on Challengermode. Each participant will have to confirm their presence in the room before the confirmation timer runs out. Matches cannot be started earlier.

Matches can't be delayed for any reason unless the previous match ran for longer than planned.

If one Team is not ready to start at the official match time, the Admins in their sole discretion may disqualify the Team from the match or the Tournament. Admins may extend the punctuality deadline in exceptional circumstances to get the match played at its sole discretion.

4. Before the match

4.1. Check-In

All Team Captains can join the Tournament Discord server and check in with Tournament staff. All Participants must be available at the time the Tournament rounds start on Challengermode and ready up for each match.

4.2. Map Selection

4.2.1. Map Pool:

The map pool consists of Bind, Haven, Split, Ascent, Icebox, Breeze, and Fracture.

4.2.2. Map Selection Process for Best-of-One Matches:

This process has to happen in the Challengermode lobby chat, for each game. The better-seeded (highest team in the bracket on Challengermode) team is Team A. Team A starts the process and the map for the Match will be selected according to the following procedure:

  • Team A bans 1 Map
  • Team B bans 1 Map
  • Team A bans 1 Map
  • Team B bans 1 Map
  • Team A bans 1 Map
  • Team B bans 1 Map
  • Map 7 is only Map remaining
  • Team A picks side

4.2.3. Map Selection Process for Best-of-Three Matches:

This process has to happen in the Challengermode lobby chat, for each game. The better-seeded (highest team in the bracket on Challengermode) team is Team A. Team A starts the process and the map for the Match will be selected according to the following procedure:

  • Team A bans 1 Map
  • Team B bans 1 Map
  • Team A picks Map 1
  • Team B picks side for Map 1
  • Team B picks Map 2
  • Team A picks side for Map 2
  • Team A bans 1 map
  • Team B bans 1 map
  • Map 3 is only Map remaining
  • Team A picks side for Map 3

5. During the match

5.1. Streams

5.1.1. Each Participant may live stream the entirety of their Tournament games with the permission of the Administrators. Permission should be sought through the Discord channel or by emailing community@fnatic.com.

5.1.2. Each Participant that has permission to stream their Tournament must add to their stream (and maintain at all relevant times throughout the Tournament):

  • Tournament branding (in the form distributed by the Administration).

5.2. Match Start & Restarts

5.2.1. From the time a match begins, Participants are prohibited from intentionally disconnecting from the game. If a Participant or Team disconnects intentionally after the game has started, the game will continue with the remaining players and will not be restarted.

5.2.2. A Team may request a match restart if the fairness of the game is seriously compromised by an issue outside of the players control. Matters that may lead to the match being restarted include but are not limited to:

  • enemy players using 3rd party tools or software in breach of Riot's Terms of Service; or
  • if the game crashes for all players.

5.2.3. All restart requests need to be flagged to the Admin team before a restart can be actioned. Evidence to support the request must be shared and the decision on the restart will be at the sole discretion of the Admin.

5.3. Breach of Terms of Use

If Participants are found guilty of Bug Abuse or in breach of Riot's Terms of Service, they may face consequences including automatic disqualification. All punishment will be at the sole discretion of the Administration.

5.4. Replays

Every Participant must save their own replays of all Tournament games for at least seven (7) days. Upon request by an admin, each Participant must submit the replay to the administration within 24 hours. Failing to comply with this request may result in punishment.

6. After the match

6.1. Reporting the score

Each Team Captain must submit a screenshot of each game’s score via Challengermode within 5 minutes when the game finishes. This evidence must be a screenshot of the end game leaderboard. Tournament staff will be monitoring the games but will still require scores to be submitted by each Team Captain via Challengermode.

6.2. Protests

Protest against any other sort of rule violation by another player can only be reported with video evidence. The protest must include a specific timestamp when the violation took place, the name of the player who committed the violation, as well as a clear description of what happened. Protests that either lack evidence or details such as timestamp and description will be discarded. All protests must be sent to an Admin via the Tournament Discord server or through the Tournament email address: community@fnatic.com.

7. Rule Violation and Punishment

7.1. Possible Punishments

The punishments for any rule violations include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of one match
  • Disqualification from the Tournament
  • Disqualification from future tournaments

Punishments shall be at the Administration’s sole discretion.

8. Prize

8.1. Prize

In the Tournament:

  • 1st place, each participant will receive:
    • Custom Fnatic Pro 2022 Jersey
    • 1x Streak65 LP
    • 1x Bolt Mouse
    • 1x React Headset
  • 2nd place, each participant will receive:
    • Custom Fnatic Pro 2022 Jersey
    • 1x React Headset

8.2.

The prizes are as stated only, Fnatic will not pay out the cash value of the prizes as an alternative.

8.3.

Fnatic’s standard shipping policies and restrictions apply to the shipping of Prizes. It is the sole responsibility of the Participants to check Fnatic is able to ship prizes to their location before entering the Tournament.

8.4.

Winners located in countries Fnatic is not able to ship to should reach out to the Community Team to try and work out an alternative. Fnatic isn’t liable to you for the prize if an alternative shipping arrangement can’t be identified.