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THROWDOWN ESPORTS ANNOUNCES
THE STREET FIGHTER V CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
4 australian qualifiers. 4 invited pros. One prize pool of over $16,000.
QUALIFIERS BEGIN, OCTOBER 4
Official Website and Tournament Terms and Conditions
Please read and understand completely the following terms and conditions (“Official Rules”) before registering for the Throwdown Streetfighter V Championship Series (“Tournament”) brought to you by Throwdown Esports (“Throwdown”). These Official Rules set forth the terms and conditions for participating in the Tournament. All Participants, as defined below, must comply with these Official Rules before entering and participating in the Tournament. By entering the Tournament, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and represent that you satisfy all eligibility requirements contained here within.
Throwdown may modify these terms and conditions at any time, without notice, as determined by Throwdown at their sole discretion. Where possible, Throwdown will communicate changes via the Throwdown Esports website (“Website”) – https://www.throwdowntv.gg/ – and relevant communication channels. Amended terms and conditions will be published on the Website and, if required, on the third-party platform, smash.gg, where stage registration is housed. You are responsible for reviewing these Official Rules periodically for any modification. By entering and participating in the Throwdown Streetfighter V Championship Series, and/or use of the Website, at any stage during the active running of this event, you confirm your agreement to be bound by the latest Official Rules at the time of engagement.
1 – Your Acknowledgement
By registering to play in a Throwdown Streetfighter V Championship Series you acknowledge that you have read and hereby accept and agree to the Official Rules set in place by Throwdown. You acknowledge and accept that you shall be subject to the terms and conditions as set forth in the Official Rules, including, without limitation, the Code of Conduct (and any other rules of behaviour specified by Throwdown) and the Participant Participation Release (which Throwdown may request you to sign at any time during the Tournament).
You promise you are 18 years of age or older as at the time of registration to play in the Tournament.
2 – Tournament Format
The Tournament is a competitive Esports gaming tournament featuring Streetfighter V (“Video Game”) from Capcom (“Capcom”). The Tournament consists of three (3) Online Qualifiers, three (3) LAN Qualifiers followed and one (1) Finals.
- Online Qualifiers – 4th – 5th October 2017
- Online Qualifier Finals – 6th October 2017
- Sydney LAN Qualifier – 14th October 2017
- Melbourne LAN Qualifier – CouchWarriors Ranking Battles – 21st October 2017
- Melbourne LAN Qualifier – PAX Australia – 27th October 2017
- Finals – PAX Australia – 28th October 2017
2.3a Online Qualifiers
The first online qualifier, Wednesday October 4th, is open to participants who reside in ACT, NT, QLD, SA, TAS and WA. The top four (4) participants will advance to the Online Qualifier Finals.
The second online qualifier, Thursday October 5th, is open to participants who reside in NSW and VIC. The top four (4) participants will advance to the Online Qualifier Finals.
The Online Qualifier Finals, Friday October 6th, will feature the eight (8) participants who qualified from online qualifier one (1) and two (2). The eight (8) participants will be seeded according to the results in online qualifers one (1) and two (2). The Online Qualifier Finals will feature a Double Elimination bracket and all matches will be Best-of-Five. In the Online Qualifer Grand Final, the participant that advanced from the Lower Bracket Final will have to beat their opponent in two (2) consecutive Best-of-Five series to win the tournament.
The winner of the Online Qualifier Grand Final will qualify for a spot in the Street Fighter V Championship Series Finals at PAX Australia 2017. Reasonable domestic economy flights and 3 star (or higher) accommodation will be covered for interstate participants.
2.3b Sydney LAN Qualifier
The Sydney LAN Qualifier takes place on Saturday October 14th and will be run in the Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. Doors open at 09:30am with an expected tournament start time of 11:00am.
All participants will be randomly seeded into a Double Elimination Bracket. All matches will be Best-of-Three with the exception of the Sydney Upper Bracket Final, Sydney Lower Bracket Final and Sydney Grand Final which will be Best-of-Five.
The winner of the Sydney LAN Qualifier will qualify for a spot in the Street Fighter V Championship Series Finals at PAX Australia 2017. Reasonable domestic economy flights and 3 star (or higher) accommodation will be covered for interstate participants.
All participants must reside in NSW and will need to bring photo ID showing residency in NSW in order to be able to participate. Driver’s License, Australian Passport and Proof of Age Card are acceptable forms of ID.
2.3c First Melbourne LAN Qualifier
The First Melbourne LAN Qualifier takes place at CouchWarriors Ranking Battles on Saturday October 21st. Event details can be found here
All participants will be randomly seeded into a Double Elimination Bracket. All matches will be Best-of-Three with the exception of the First Melbourne Upper Bracket Final, First Melbourne Lower Bracket Final and First Melbourne Grand Final which will be Best-of-Five.
The winner of the First Melbourne LAN Qualifier will qualify for a spot in the Street Fighter V Championship Series Finals at PAX Australia 2017.
All participants must reside in VIC and will need to bring photo ID showing residency in VIC to be able to participate. Driver’s License, Australian Passport and Proof of Age Card are acceptable forms of ID.
2.3d Second Melbourne LAN Qualifier
The Second Melbourne LAN Qualifier takes place on Friday October 27th and will take place in the free play area of PAX Australia 2017.
All participants will be randomly seeded into a Double Elimination Bracket. All matches will be Best-of-Three with the exception of the Second Melbourne Upper Bracket Final, Second Melbourne Lower Bracket Final and Second Melbourne Grand Final which will be Best-of-Five.
The winner of the Melbourne LAN Qualifier will qualify for a spot in the Street Fighter V Championship Series Finals at PAX Australia 2017.
All participants must reside in Australia and will need to bring photo ID showing Australian Residency to be able to participate. Driver’s License, Australian Passport and Proof of Age Card are acceptable forms of ID.
2.4. PAX Australia 2017 Finals
The top (1) participant from each Qualifier (i.e. Online Qualifer, Sydney Qualifer, First Melbourne Qualifer and Second Melbourne Qualifer) will advance to the Finals with four (4) invited players automatically qualifying for the Finals. The Finals will feature a Round Robin between all eight (8) participants in a Best-of-Three format. At the completion of the Round Robin stage all eight (8) participants will be placed in a Double Elimination Bracket. Their seed will be determined by the results of the Round Robin Stage. All matches in the Double Elimination Bracket will be Best-of-Five. In the Grand Final, the participant that advanced from the Lower Bracket Final will have to beat their opponent in two (2) consecutive Best-of-Five series to win the tournament.
Participants will be awarded their share of the Tournament prize pool based on final placement at the conclusion of this bracket.
3 – Eligibility
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. The Tournament is open to all legal residents of Australia, subject to restrictions on residency for qualifers and age restrictions.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of registration to participate in the Tournament.
Participants will be required to sign up as a member of the Tournament Website (www.throwdowntv.gg) and, depending on the registration functionality, either share the gamer tag or other name they use in the Video Game or otherwise choose a user name (in either instance, the “User Name”). Each Participant will be known publicly by his or her User Name, rather than his or her real name, until the later stages of the Tournament when Participant names may be revealed (at Throwdown’s election). Each Participant 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.
All Participants must be able to provide proof of eligibility as reasonably requested by Throwdown.
Throwdown and their respective employees, directors and officers, and their immediate family (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) and those of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, vendors, agents, representatives and any entity involved in the implementation, execution, prizing and prize fulfilment of the Tournament, are not eligible to participate in the Tournament.
For all qualifying stages, individual Participants must supply their own equipment (whether personal or game console), internet connectivity, and any and all permissions to access the Video Game, including a valid and legally acquired copy of the Video Game.
This tournament is open to users on PC and PlayStation platforms only. All Participants must have a valid and unique Steam account or PlayStation Network ID, in good standing, with no active bans or violation warnings in relation to the Video Game, upon registration (at any time during the Tournament). Participants may not compete using guest accounts.
Participants on PC are required to play on the Steam account used at the time of registration to be eligible to compete. Participants found not playing on their registered Steam account, without prior approval of Throwdown staff, will be disqualified. Steam accounts are solely the responsibility of the Participant. Without limitation, Throwdown is not responsible for any issues, problems or concerns regarding Steam accounts, equipment malfunction or connectivity.
PlayStation Participants are required to play on the PSN ID used at the time of registration to be eligible to compete. Participants found not playing on their registered PSN account, without prior approval of Throwdown staff, will be disqualified. PSN accounts are solely the responsibility of the Participant. Without limitation, Throwdown is not responsible for any issues, problems or concerns regarding PSN accounts, equipment malfunction or connectivity.
Participants are not permitted to play on Guest accounts.
All Participants must have a valid user account, in good standing, on the Throwdown Esports Website https://www.throwdowntv.gg/. Participant details, first name, date of birth, email and location, as listed within the Participant’s Website user account, must be legally correct at the time of participation. Participants agree, by entering and participating, to allow Throwdown the right to contact them via the email listed on the Website. Throwdown to Participant communication in regard to qualifiers, prizes, travel, accommodation, and all other items relating to the Tournament, may be conducted via this email at Throwdown’s discretion.
4 – Tournament Registration
4.1 Participant Name
While Participating, Participants must use a name as close to, or exactly the same, as their name stated upon registration, with the exception of a team tag. In the case of any Participant not using their correct name (or an otherwise inappropriate name), Throwdown staff and approved Broadcasters reserve the right to request the Participant to change their username for any reason.
4.2 Entry Fees
There are no entry fees for registration or participation in the Tournament.
5 – Match Information
Upon registering to a stage in the Tournament, Participants agree to play all matches they are assigned. Forfeits due to no shows will not be accepted, though case-by-case appeals will be decided upon at Throwdown’s discretion. Participants failing to play their registered match may be disqualified for the remainder of the bracket, or Tournament, as decided by Throwdown staff at their own discretion.
5.1 Match Scheduling
Match dates and times will be made available by Throwdown staff. At the beginning of each bracket a 10-min waiting period may be applied, at no consequence to Participants involved, if technical start-up issues occur. Participants who fail to check-in at the start of each of their registered matches during a bracket may be disqualified at Throwdown’s discretion.
5.2 Map Selection
Kanzuki Beach and Skies of Honor are not allowed for play throughout the tournament.
All matches must be played on an Australian server. Matches played outside this selection will not be counted towards the Tournament.
Throwdown will host lobbies for the online qualifier. Participants must join these lobbies for their official tournament matches.
5.5 Match Settings
Rounds: 2 (unless otherwise directed by Throwdown)
All other settings must remain on default, unless directed by Throwdown.
5.6 Connection Issues
All Participants must test their Internet connection to the Oceania region servers before registering to compete in the Tournament. Ping average must be below 200ms. Participants who exceed 200 ping during a registered match may be required to rectify the issue or face disqualification. Opposing Participants hold the right to request review from a Throwdown staff member.
Should a Participant experience connection issues and disconnect, at any time during the registered match, the current round will be given to their opponent. The disconnected Participant may re-join during the current match, or in the waiting period prior to the next registered match.
Should a Participant face server connection issues, and both Participants mutually agree to cancel the current registered match then, after gaining approval from Throwdown staff, Participants may cancel and re-host the match. Throwdown reserves the right to suspend and invalidate the current match for a re-host at any time.
In-game spectating privileges are only given to Throwdown staff and Throwdown approved Broadcasters. Sharing of match details with individuals (or any person) outside of the scheduled Participants is forbidden.
All Participants agree upon registration and participation of the Tournament to allow the broadcasting of their matches without additional permission.
Participants are permitted to broadcast their own point-of-view in matches as long as they keep in accordance with Code of Conduct terms. Participants must not, through live streaming or uploading of recorded footage, allow for the misleading of viewers to believe that Participants are official representatives of Throwdown, Throwdown staff, or a Throwdown approved Broadcaster. The Throwdown logo, or any affiliate logos, may not be used by persons on stream without prior written approval from Throwdown staff.
5.9 Reporting Results
Results must be validated by both Participants at the conclusion of the match. Both Participants must take a screenshot or video screen capture at the end of each game and store for at least 1 month after Tournament conclusion. Throwdown staff may request these replays or screenshots at any point within this period for review purposes.
Disputes will be managed by Throwdown staff and decisions made by Throwdown staff are final.
Disputes lodged should be accompanied with evidence, in the form of digital video or video screen capture. Disputes submitted without evidence may take a longer period of time, or may be unable to be resolved. Participants who submit disputes but fail to produce a replay video, of the disputed match, at the request of Throwdown staff, may have their dispute cancelled.
Making false, or misleading, dispute claims will be dealt with at the discretion of Throwdown staff and repeat offenders will be liable to disqualification and/or a ban from playing in future Tournament stages and future tournaments.
Please do not lodge disputes via Throwdown social media outlets. Disputes should be lodged via official email contact as listed on the registrations page.
6 – Cheating & Exploitation
Cheating is defined as, but is not limited to, the use of software and/or equipment to manipulate another Participant’s connection, or any form of hacking/glitching content through the use of third-party software that presents a Participant with an unfair advantage over the opponent in any game. Throwdown staff reserve the right to define a glitch/exploit, at their discretion, where it provides an unfair advantage to a Participant, or otherwise determine (at Throwdown’s sole discretion) whether a Participant is cheating or has cheated.
All Participants should report any form of suspected cheating to Throwdown staff during the game or via the official Throwdown contact email provided in the registration page. Reports should include all evidence available, including digital, still capture or video screenshot.
Participants determined to be cheating will be immediately disqualified and will be banned from future Throwdown events. All Participants on the field may be subject to investigation and potential disqualification, and/or banning, if found to be assisting or condoning penalised behaviour.
If Participants are unsure of whether something may be classified as cheating, they must contact Throwdown staff for advice prior to the start of any Tournament stage.
Exploitation is defined as exploiting the in-game mechanics to give an unfair advantage over the opponent or in any game. Any form of exploitation should be reported to Throwdown staff with evidence in the form of digital video, still capture or video screenshot.
Participants found to be exploiting any part of the Video Game will be immediately disqualified and may face bans from future Throwdown events. All Participants on the field may be subject to investigation and potential disqualification, and/or banning, if found to be assisting or condoning penalised behaviour.
6.3 Rule Violations
It is the responsibility of all Participants to report any violations of the Official Rules to Throwdown staff immediately. Penalties for violating the rules include the loss of a game, the loss of a match, disqualification from the current bracket, disqualification from the Tournament, and/or a ban from future Throwdown events. Any disqualifications, and all bans, may result in the forfeit of all potential Prizes (at Throwdown’s discretion).
7 – Participant Code of Conduct
All Tournament participants are required to uphold, observe and respect a reasonable standard of conduct. This level of conduct is to be extended to all other Participants, official Broadcasts, Throwdown, their staff, agents and representatives, partners and sponsors, and spectators. Unsportsmanlike conduct is forbidden and failure to compete in compliance with these Official Rules, may result in immediate disqualification from the Tournament and forfeiting of all potential Prizes.
Inappropriate behaviour includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Swearing, abusive language or threats
- Cheating of any sort through any means
- Exploitation of any sort through any means
- Interfering with the operation of the Tournament
- Intentionally delaying or slowing gameplay
- Offering any gift or reward to a Participant or Throwdown staff or any other person for assistance designed to provide a competitive advantage to the person offering the gift (or any third party)
- Offensive, vulgar, or obscene usernames or avatars
- Sexism, ageism, racism or any other form of prejudice or bigotry
- Unsafe, dangerous or hazardarous behaviour
- Any act or omission that could cause harm, injury or damage to any person
- Engaging in any activity which is deemed by Throwdown staff to be immoral, disgraceful, or contrary to conventional standards of proper ethical behaviour.
Failure to adhere to this rule may result in disqualification and/or a ban from playing in current or future Throwdown events.
Unsportsmanlike conduct will be investigated on a case-by-case basis by Throwdown staff.
The obligations set out in these Official Rules, together with all other rules and/or conditions (whether now existing or developed in the future), relating to conduct and behavioural requirements are referred to as the “Code of Conduct”.
8 – Prizes
This Tournament will award prize packages (each a “Prize”) to the value of up to Sixteen Thousand AU Dollars (AUD$16,000) for the Throwdown Streetfighter V Championship Series, in accordance with the below table.
|PLACE||PRIZE DETAILS||AUD VALUE|
|1st Place||– one (1) Custom Built Arcade Machine with no less than 15 Streetfighter Games loaded*
– two (2) return economy flights from the capital city closest to the residential address of the winner in Australia to Paris, France (inclusive of airfare related taxes and charges) together with three (3) nights’ accommodation in Paris and two (2) tickets to Red Bull Kumite in Paris
– $2,500 AUD Cash Prize
(together, the “Major Prize”)
|up to $13,500|
|2nd Place||– $1,500 AUD Cash Prize||$1,500|
|3rd Place||– $750 AUD Cash Prize||$750|
|4th Place||– $250 AUD Cash Prize||$250|
|TOTAL PRIZE VALUE (AUD)||up to $16,000|
The total Prize Pool is valued at up to $16,000 (including GST). Throwdown and Throwdown’s officers, employees, representatives and agents (including Red Bull) accept no responsibility for a change in prize value between now and the date each Prize is awarded or redeemed.
*Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior’s Dreams, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Street Fighter II: Hyper The Anniversary Edition, Street Fighter III: New Generation, Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future, Street Fighter II: Rainbow Edition, Street Fighter II: Red Wave Edition, Street Fighter II Zero 2 Alpha, Super Street Fighter II, Xmen VS Street Fighter
8.1- Prize Restrictions
The Major Prize winner and their travelling companion(s) are responsible for all other expenses including spending money, meals, drinks, transfers, incidentals, taxes (excluding departure and any other flight-associated taxes included within the prize). Travel insurance is not included but is highly recommended.
All prizes are non-transferrable. No cash alternative is available for any prize. Prizes must be taken as offered. Any Prize, unused portion of any Prize, or portion of the Prize the winner is not entitled to, are not exchangeable and cannot be redeemed as cash. Prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer. Prize values are in Australian dollars. Throwdown and its officers, employees, associates, agents or representatives shall not be liable or responsible for any unused Prize (or portion of the Prize).
The Major Prize travel must be completed between 1 April 2018 and 30 June 2018, is subject to change at the discretion of Throwdown and/or Throwdown’s representatives, associates and agents (including Red Bull) and is based on two (2) people sharing a twin/double room. Prize winners will be contacted by Throwdown or Throwdown’s representatives, associates and agents (including Red Bull) to arrange the date when the Major Prize shall be redeemed. Prize winners are advised that tax implications may arise from their prize winnings and they should seek independent financial advice prior to acceptance of their prize.
Throwdown and its officers, employees, representatives and agents are neither responsible nor liable for any damage, delay or loss incurred by the winner in connection with the Prize or the delivery of the Prize.
Once confirmed in writing, travel dates and names of those travelling are not changeable without incurring extra fees. Throwdown and its officers, employees, representatives and agents do not accept responsibility for any fees incurred as a result of any changes made and these costs will be borne by the winner and their companion.
The Major Prize winner and their travelling companion must travel at the same time, must depart from the same capital city and are responsible for transport to and from their residence to their nearest state capital city for flight departure.
Throwdown and Throwdown’s employees, officers, representatives, agents and associated partners make no representation as to the safety conditions or other issues that may exist at any destination or whilst travelling. International travel advice can be obtained from various sources, including government, local consular offices and the web site of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, www.dfat.gov.au.
It is the responsibility of the winner (and their travelling companion) to hold all relevant passports (with at least 6 months validity from the date of return), any applicable visas and vaccinations if required. Any costs associated with this are not included in the prize package. Such costs are the responsibility of the Major Prize winner and their travelling companion.
Throwdown will not intentionally disclose any personally identifying information about any Participant (including name, e-mail address, information obtained by Throwdown from cookies, and information regarding IP address) to third parties without Participant consent (including as consented to in these Official Rules) except where Throwdown, in good faith, believes such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, or other contractual provisions of Throwdown, or to enforce the Official Rules as stated herein.
Participant’s acceptance of any Prize from the Tournament constitutes consent for Throwdown’s disclosure of personal information, as required. Throwdown reserves the right to collect general demographic and other market information, which does not personally identify the participant to any person without additional consent.
Throwdown Esports utilizes e-mails to notify Participants when they have won a Prize, and to let them know of special promotions, events and policy changes. Website registrants are automatically opted-in to receive all types of Throwdown Esports e-mails: promotional marketing e-mails, promotional partner e-mails, newsletters, fairness e-mails, fun (i.e. tournament- or game play- related) e-mails, and financial e-mails. Participants have the choice to opt-in, or opt-out, of receiving any, or all, of these types of e-mails at any time.
9.1 Right to Publish
Throwdown shall reserve the right to publish a statement declaring that a Participant has been penalised. Any Participants, which may be referenced in such a declaration hereby waives any right to legal action against Throwdown and Throwdown’s officers, employees, representatives, agents or Tournament entities in connection with such an announcement, including, without limitation, causes of action for breach, defamation and/or violations of rights of privacy or publicity.
10 – Participant Participation Release
By participating in the Tournament, all Participants hereby grant Throwdown and Throwdown’s officers, employees, representatives, agents, and Tournament entities, permission to record, videotape and photograph the Participant’s voice, name (including Participant name, username, avatar, gamer tag or equivalent), image, likeness and to use such recordings, images and information, as well as Participant’s biographical information, for all purposes in connection with the Tournament, including, and without limitation, recording and exhibiting Tournament gameplay, presenting and/or otherwise displaying Tournament results on the Website, Throwdown Partner and Sponsor sites, and other online and offline destinations; recording, tabulating, presenting and/or otherwise displaying gameplay information pertaining to Participant’s performance.
All Participant information, including images, audio recordings, database of information, bracket information, etc., made in connection with the Tournament will be owned by Throwdown, which it may use, license, transfer or assign, including to Tournament Partners and third parties, in its sole discretion. Each Participant grants to Throwdown, and each of its designees, the right to use, edit, adapt, post, stream, copy, display, perform, transmit, broadcast, and other exploit Participant images and the Participant information including any names, likeness, voice, conversation, biography and any other attributes of Participant’s personality and appearance, individually or with others, in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with other material, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity throughout the world, for the purpose of trade, advertising, promotion, or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, without additional compensation, consideration, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.
- Indemnity and Limitation of Liability
The Participant agrees to indemnify, and hold harmless from liability, Throwdown and Throwdown’s officers, employees, representatives, agents and Tournament entities (together “the indemnified”) against any and all liability, loss, claims, demands and/or expenses (including indirect and consequential losses) (“Claims”) which any of the indemnified may incur as a result of any breach or infringement by the Participant of these Official Rules (including the Code of Conduct) or any negligent act or omission by the Participant.
To the extent permitted by law, all express or implied terms, conditions, warranties, statements, assurances and representations in relation to the Tournament, services provided by Throwdown (or its representatives) or any other goods or services provided by Throwdown (or its agents or representatives) are expressly excluded. If any of the exclusions or limitations set out in this clause are declared illegal or void, or if the Participant claims that there has been a breach of a term, condition, warranty, statement or assurance which cannot be excluded by these Official Rules, to the extent permitted by law, Throwdown’s entire liability and the Participant’s exclusive remedy is limited, at Throwdown’s discretion, to: (a) with respect to the supply of goods: the replacement of the goods or the supply of equivalent goods; the repair of the goods; the payment of the cost of replacing the goods or of acquiring equivalent goods; or the payment of the cost of having the goods repaired; (b) with respect to the supply of services: the re-supply of the services; or the payment of the cost of having the services re-supplied.
These Official Rules are governed by the laws of NSW and any dispute relating to this Agreement shall be determined by the courts of NSW.
If the courts of NSW rule that any provision of these Official Rules are invalid or unenforceable, then that provision will be removed and the remaining provisions will continue to be valid and enforceable.