Gamercraft Tournament Rules

Here at Gamercraft, we want to provide the most frictionless, smooth, and premium competitive experiences in the amateur esports scene. We are making it easy for amateur players, teams, and esports organizations to join tournaments, compete, and find new ways of growing and improving.

Our mobile app and tournament platform was designed to allow amateurs to access professionally produced tournaments. Our tournaments are rank and skill adjusted, with ever-evolving anti-smurfing measures, so that you always compete against gamers of your own rank and minimize bad competitive experience. In short, we are not only going the extra mile to stop smurfers and cheaters but also to create a competitive ecosystem where you and your team can thrive and leave your mark.

The Tournaments

For the duration of our Beta stage, most of our tournaments will be short-form (single elimination, 8-team tournaments) with no big time commitments and motivating prize pools. Though there might be some bigger or longer tournaments the typical bracket looks like this:

General Rules

  •  Participation
    • Gamercraft Account
      • You must have a valid Gamercraft account and have satisfied all of the conditions needed to sign up for the application.
      • You must only play a Gamercraft tournament with one account.
    • Only one tournament at a time
      • You are only allowed to compete in one active Gamercraft tournament at the same time. The app will not allow you to sign up for two different tournaments that are at the same time. This rule does not apply to multi-day tournaments if the schedules are different.
  • Gamership & Code of Conduct
    • Gamership
      • We define ‘Gamership’ as the ultimate set of expected virtues (valor, courage, respect, positivity, and fairness) and behaviors all competitive gamers should have.
      • We expect all Gamercraft users to behave ethically and kindly towards each other, always exhibiting respect for the game, for the platform, and opponents.
    • Our Code of Conduct and Terms of Service applies to all tournaments and interactions within our Discord server and applications. Toxicity will not be tolerated. Depending on the severity of the infraction you may be banned from Gamercraft.
  • Anti-Smurfing & Cheating
    • We want you as a player, not as a smurfer. Any form of cheating or smurfing can result in a permanent ban from Gamercraft. 
    • All gamers are required to comply with our GID (Gaming ID) verification in order to register and join Gamercraft. Each Gamercraft account will be linked to a phone number, an email address, a League of Legends account, and a Discord account. This federated network of ID’s are the first barrier of our anti-smurfing efforts.
  • Beta Program Rewards & Prizes
    • Until Gamercraft evolves out the beta stage, all of the tournament prize pools will be in the form of git cards or non-monetary (non-cash) rewards. Feedback and bug reporting is expected from all of our beta testers and tournament participants.
  • Offenses and Consequences
    • All offenses have consequences, including being permanently banned from Gamercraft. In the next app version, every gamer will be able to see their penalty status in their settings page. Consequences will be issued for: 
      • Offensive or Vulgar Language
      • Hate Speech / Discriminatory Language
      • Bullying / Threatening / Harassment
      • Sexual Harassment
      • Spamming
      • Violence / Threats of Violence / Self-Destructive Behavior
      • IP Flooding
      • Buying or Selling Gamercraft Property
      • Hijacking of Gamercraft Accounts
      • Unauthorized Sharing of Private Information
      • Account and Team Personalization
      • Regional Rule Violation
      • Evading a Ban
      • Sharing Accounts
      • Exploiting Bugs / Glitches / Hacks
      • Smurfing
      • Griefing
      • Feeding
      • Throwing
      • Fake Proof
      • Impersonation

League of Legends Rules

These rules and guidelines have been adapted to the tournament experiences within Gamercraft and imply the use of the mobile application

  1. Joining the Match Lobby
    1. All teams must use the provided tournament code.
    2. Teams will have 15 minutes after the match start time to join the lobby. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit.
      1. Starting the game 15 minutes after the match code has been generated will result in a forfeit or double forfeit). The FF will be issued to the team with a complete roster in the lobby.
    3. Teams have up to 15 minutes to join the following games and brackets after the codes and notifications have been issued.
  2. Randomized Side Selection
    1. In BO1, Map Sides and pick priority (Blue/1st or Red/2nd) are randomly assigned every game. Teams must adhere to the assigned sides or face disqualification or an ungamerlike warning. 
    2. In BO3, Map side and pick priority is randomly selected for the first game. After that point, the team that got the red side in the first game will get the blue side for Game 2.
    3. In the event that a team has side selection for a game, but is not the first team to enter the lobby, the opponent should move to the red side until they arrive. Not respecting this rule will result in a disqualification. 
  3. Substitutions
    1. Substitutions after registering for a tournament are not allowed. In order to change the roster, the team captain needs to leave the tournament and join back.
    2. In the near future, teams will be able to edit their rosters without leaving the tournament until tournament start time. 
      1. Substitutions are not allowed once the game has started and the match code has been generated. A substitution once the game lobby has been created will result in immediate disqualification as our algorithms check lobby participants. Same applies to substitions between matches.  
  4. Spectators
    1. Each team is allowed to have one spectator during the game, which must be a coach or fellow team member. Spectators will view the game with a 3-minute delay, ensuring the match integrity. Spectators must join with the same League of Legends account they registered in the Gamercraft App.
  5. Rank / Level Guidelines
    1. The minimum rank and level requirements to join and participate in Gamercraft tournaments are:
      1. Level 45
      2. Solo Queue Ranked Account (Unranked accounts will not be accepted)
      3. Starting December 1st, 2020: Minimum of 10 (ten) solo ranked games per month
        1. Starting December 1st, 2020, we will look at the previous month and make sure that the minimum ranked games requirement has been met.
      4. Rank Check: We check ranks and account analytics when joining tournaments. Both Ranked Solo and Ranked Flex are both taken into account and the higher of the two is your rank.
  6. Smurfing
    1. Smurfing is prohibited here at Gamercraft and it does not stay there. We are proactive about catching smurfers. We conduct reviews at the moment of signup, after games, and also create a performance index (handicap) out of all the custom games created by Gamercraft.
    2. Smurf Patrol: The Smurf Patrol is an internal player and community-driven organization whose primary job is to identify and purge smurfers from our platform. The final decisions of the Smurf Patrollers will be binding and may be appealed. 
      1. Smurf Patrol Authority: Smurf Patrollers will have access to all match codes and can spectate any match at their own discretion. A player can only be flagged for smurfing once significant evidence has been presented and a majority consensus has been reached (by all Smurf Patrollers).
      2. Reported smurfers have the right to appeal to Gamercraft’s and the Smurf Patrol’s decision.
    3. Smurfers can be permanently banned and will also be reported to all of Gamercraft partners, stakeholders, and other leagues and tournament platforms. They will also be placed in the antismurfing.com database, which is powered by Gamercraft and will be heavily advertised.
  7. Forfeit & Double Forfeit
    1. A Forfeit (FF) is when the entire  team fails to show up to the game lobby within the time frames established in Rule #1. This automatically grants the other team a win.
      1. Since our algorithms check which Summoner Names are in the lobby, a forfeit can also happen if a team is missing one player or substituted a player not registered in the Gamercraft app.
    2. A Double Forfeit (DFF) occurs when both of the teams fail to show up to the game lobby. The winner of the other match will automatically get a win in the following bracket or round. 
      1. A DFF can also occur if both teams have the wrong players in the match lobby or have made unauthorized substitutions.
  8. LCS Order & ProDraft
    1. In the current competitive environment, LCS Order & ProDraft are not mandatory and are courtesy. However, if one team proposes LCS Order or ProDraft, the other team may or may not accede to it. Gamercraft encourages all teams and players to maintain the principle of Gamership at all times.
  9. In-Game Pauses
    1. Each team can pause the game for a maximum, cumulative amount of 5 minutes. A game can be paused by typing: /pause in the in-game chat. In extreme cases of technical difficulties, the pauses can go beyond this threshold if both parties agree. Exceeding the 5 minute mark without a valid reason will result in a disqualification.
  10. Live Tournament Support
    1. Gamercraft is committed to providing the industry’s best and most responsive support to all of our competitors. Our promise to you is that we will address all concerns within 60 to 120 seconds of receiving it while a tournament is active. While we will go the extra mile to solve and address all of your issues and requests, there are a few areas where Gamercraft has no control over and cannot provide support. 
      1. You should contact Riot Games if: your problem cannot be fixed by Gamercraft or the tournament admin, if you have questions about an in-game or client glitch and/or bug.
      2. For all other Gamercraft-specific questions, please contact the corresponding Gamercraft team members at any time via the Official Discord Server or Gamercraft’s tournament bot.
  11. Disconnections
    1. If a player disconnects during Champ select, a team has 5 minutes to reconnect and the same picks and bans must be fulfilled. Failure to do so will result in a forfeit.
    2. If a player disconnects during the game, a team has 5 minutes of pause time for the player to reconnect. If the player is unable to reconnect within the 5 minutes, the game must be continued.
      1. The player that disconnected can join back in the game even after the 5 minutes of pause time has passed.

Right to Modify Rules

  1. Gamercraft, Inc. reserves the right to modify these rules at will. Tournament administrators and referees will be required to adhere to these rules without exemption.

Term Definition Sheet

Single Elimination

A type of tournament where teams are eliminated after one loss. The winners of the matches advance until the final, where only one team can win.

Double Elimination

A type of tournament where teams are eliminated after two losses. The tournament has two brackets: one for the winners (undefeated) and one for losers (the teams with one loss). This tournament has a grand final where the winners of both brackets face each other.

League

A League is a competitive structure where all participating teams face each other at least once (or twice). Every match gives the winner a predetermined amount of points, thus creating the standing and ranking tables.

Brackets

A bracket is the stage or stages, depending on the format, of a tournament. For instance, one might refer to the Semifinal Bracket and that includes the two semifinal matches. Brackets are connected with other brackets and make up the tournament tree.

Match

A match is when teams face-off in a specific tournament stage (Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final). A match may be composed of one (1), three (3), or five (5) games. 

Game

A game is a subset, a component, of a match where teams face each other and have their own scores.

Best of X (BoX)

In the Gamercraft app, the BO1, BO3, BO5 acronyms mean Best of X.  The X determines the number of games in a match. A Best of 3 (BO3) match has 3 games where a team needs to win at least 2 games to advance. 

Smurfing

Smurfing is when a highly-skilled player creates a secondary account as a disguise to play against less proficient opponents. To clarify, smurfing is prohibited in Gamercraft.  (Credit to Inverse.com)

Offense Definition Sheet

Offensive or Vulgar Language

Crude or off putting language which may cause others to feel uncomfortable

Hate Speech / Discriminatory Language

  • Using direct or indirect language (including, using racial, ethnic, religious or other slurs), or engaging in any conduct that promotes, encourages or facilitates discrimination, denigration, objectification, harassment or violence based on any of the following:
  • Gender, race, color, nationality, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, religion, creed, belief, political or trade union affiliation, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, physical or mental disability, medical condition, gender identity, gender reassignment, or any other basis protected by applicable law

Bullying / Threatening / Harassment

Targeted or direct language and behavior which is intended to intimidate or hurt others

Sexual Harassment

  • Using direct or indirect language, or any other form of communication or conduct, that insults, demeans, or promotes violence towards someone because of their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or for any other reason
  • Linking to websites or images that are sexual in nature or offensive to a person
  • Making jokes or comments of a sexual nature toward any person or group
  • Can include, but not limited to, using direct or indirect language, or any form of communication or conduct that is sexual in nature
  • Can be directed at any person, regardless of their gender, gender identity, or expression or sexual orientation

Spamming

Repeated user inputs of any type meant to disrupt communication, gameplay or operations

Violence / Threats of Violence / Self-Destructive Behavior

Threatening or attempting violence towards anyone for any reason at any time, including, but not limited to:

  • Using weapons to threaten, intimidate or harm others
  • Referring to violence in any capacity, whether directly or indirectly
  • Threatening or attempting to self-harm

 

IP Flooding

Performing a DoS (Denial of Service) attack that aims to disrupt the normal function of a device and prohibit it from sending requests or processing information

Buying or Selling Gamercraft Property

Includes but not limited to accounts, teams, etc.

Hijacking of Gamercraft Accounts

Hacking other players accounts

Unauthorized Sharing of Private Information

  • Invading the privacy of others
  • Sharing content that may reveal personal information about individuals
  • Requesting any personal information from players including: 
    • Names, email address, phone number, physical address, billing information, financial information, passwords, codes for digital content, or any other information that could identify an individual

Account and Team Personalization

  • Includes, but not limited to:
    • Account names, team names, profile pictures, team pictures, banners, profile information / bios
  • Personalization must be appropriate and abide by all Terms of Service and Code of Conduct

Regional Rule Violation

Participating in tournaments from a banned state 

Rank Violation

Participating in tournaments outside of the specified rank specified and intended 

Evading a Ban

Participating while evading an active ban

Sharing Accounts

Multiple users having access and / or playing on a single account

Exploiting Bugs / Glitches / Hacks

Using or sharing a glitch / exploit or any method of getting an unfair advantage in a match

Smurfing

Using a secondary account as a disguise to play against less proficient opponents

Griefing

  • Ruining the gaming experience of another player, either involuntarily or on purpose
  • Deliberately irritating and harassing players within a game
  • Using aspects of the game in unintended ways to annoy other players

Feeding

Being killed repeatedly to assist the opposing team

Throwing

Deliberately sabotage your team’s ability to win by intentionally playing poorly or engaging in such actions which will ensure a loss

Fake Proof

Creating and using fake proof as an attempt to receive a win and/or advantage

Impersonation

  • The act of attempting to deceive someone by pretending that you are another person
  • Using somebody else’s ID to claim rewards