WePlay Academy League Season 1 Official Rules and Regulations
WePlay Academy League (hereinafter - “League”) is a series of esports tournaments featuring the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (the Game), with a predetermined prize pool per each such Tournament.
WePlay Academy League will be initially consisted on 6 seasons (1 season equal 1 separate tournament) namely: WePlay Academy League Season 1, WePlay Academy League Season 2, WePlay Academy League Season 3, WePlay Academy League Season 4, WePlay Academy League Season 5 and WePlay Academy League Season 6 respectively (collectively – the “Tournaments”).
For the purpose of running a League, WePlay Esports Media, INC. (hereinafter - WePlay) is appointed owner of the WePlay Academy League.
The goal of WePlay is the development of esports by organizing and conducting competitions (tournaments), gathering professional players and teams of the highest level, creating equal conditions for all participants and determining (on an exclusively fair sports principles) the champion among players and teams from around the world.
WePlay can transfer or assign the right to conduct the League or each of it’s separate season (tournament) for the relevant subcontractor according to the internal arrangements between WePlay and such subcontractor. Such subcontractor shall be deemed to be the Tournament Organizer (hereinafter - “Organizer” or “Tournament Organizer”) from the moment of the legal establishment of such assignment.
You could find the Official Rules and Regulations of WePlay Academy League Season 1 (hereinafter - the Tournament) below.
Participant - a determined roster/squad of players, that will participate in the Tournament and/or any of it’s separate season (the Team), including legal entities (esports organizations), who are owning and operating such rosters (squads) of players on participation in the Tournament and binded with such players by relevant legal relationships as well as participating players in the Tournament by themselves.
By applying for participation in the Tournament and/or participating in the Tournament, all applicants, participants (teams/players/legal entities, esports organizations) acknowledge that they have read and understood these Rules and unconditionally accept and agree to abide by these Rules.
1. General Information
1.1. Tournament website (hereinafter - “Website”): https://weplay.tv/events/cs-go/cs-go-academy-league.
All the information Participants and fans need is to be posted on the Website.
1.2. Tournament location: Online and WePlay Esports Arena Kyiv.
1.3. Tournament dates and schedule:
- July 19 - August 01, 2021 - Group Stage (online);
- August 07–08, 2021 - Gauntlet Stage (online);
- August 27–29, 2021 - Playoffs Stage (LAN finals).
1.4. Tournament prize pool: $100 000
Prize payouts shall be executed during timeframes and in the manner agreed by Tournament Organizer and the Teams participating in the Tournament in the relevant Tournament Participation Agreement.
The prizes are non-transferable or exchangeable and no prize alternatives will be offered. Tournament Organizer reserves the right to change/withdraw any prize at any time at its sole discretion.
2. Tournament format
2.1.1. Group Stage:
- 8-Teams Round Robin
- Top 3 Teams proceeds to Play-Off Stage
- Teams placed 4th to 7th proceeds to Gauntlet Stage
- All matches are BO1
2.1.2. Gauntlet Stage
- Teams placed 6th and 7th in Group Stage play first round
- Team placed 5th in Group Stage play second round against winner for the first round
- Team placed 4th and winner of second round play for the last Play-Off slot
- All matches are BO3
2.1.3. Play-Off Stage
- 4-Teams Double Elimination
- Top-1 choose their opponent in first round
- All matches are BO3 until Grand Final
- Grand Final is BO5, with 1-0 advantage for a Team from Upper Bracket
2.2. Map Veto
2.2.1. Map Pool:
2.2.2. Group Stage:
Team is assigned as Home or Away for the Match
An Away team bans 3 maps from the Map Pool
A Home team choose a Map from remaining 4
An Away team choose a side
2.2.3. Gauntlet and Play-Off Stages, until Gran Final:
A Team is randomly selected to choose if they want to be a Team A or Team B
Team B removes first map from the Map Pool
Team A removes second map from the Map Pool
Team B chooses first map from the Map Pool
Team A chooses side on the first map
Team A chooses second map from the Map Pool
Team B chooses side on the second map
Team B removes third map from the Map Pool
Team A removes fourth map from the Map Pool
Last remaining map is the third map chosen
2.2.4. Grand Final
Winner bracket team have an advantage of 1 Map in Grand Final
Team from the lower bracket is appointed as Team A
Team B removes first map from Map Pool
Team A removes second map from Map Pool
Team B picks first map from Map Pool
Team A picks second map from Map Pool
Team B picks third map from Map Pool
Team A picks fourth map from Map Pool
2.3 Prize Distribution
1st place - 45000 USD
2nd place - 20000 USD
3rd place - 15000 USD
4th place - 8000 USD
5th place - 6000 USD
6th place - 3000 USD
7th place - 2000 USD
8th place - 1000 USD
3. Match process
3.1. Participants should provide Tournament Organizer with Match roster at least 72 hours before scheduled Match start;
3.2. Participants (their squad of players) should be present in designated Discord Chat Room 1 hour before scheduled start time to begin the Map Veto process;
3.3. If a Participant (any player of it’s Squad) is not present in the Chat Room, the punishments will occur for being late for Group Stage on:
10 minutes: A Participant will lose it’s assigned status and another Participant will be able to choose whether they want to be a Home or Away for that match.
3.4. Team players should provide a feed from their cameras 10 minutes before scheduled start time and keep in running for the entire match.
3.5. Team players should provide access to their Voice Communication server/room to Tournament Organizer and their communications might be recorded.
3.6. Team players should join the server 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time.
3.7. Should there be a technical issue, a Team player should write about it in server chat immediately:
If the tech issue have been reported before any damage in the round been done, the round will be restarted and Match will be paused;
If the tech issue has been reported after a damage has been done, the round should be played through and recorded.
3.8. Team players should only use default player skin.
3.9. Coaches are not allowed to talk with team players during the round.
3.10. Team can ask for a tactical timeout 4 times during the game, timeout will last for 30 seconds on the current or the next freeze time.
3.11. For each Match a Participant should provide roster of 5 team players.
3.12. Each Match may only have players that another Participant have not provided in currently ongoing League season.
4. Overtime rules
4.1. Default overtimes are set to max round 3 and 16000 start money settings
4.2. When proposed by Tournament Organizer, teams may opt in to play overtimes on custom map by unanimous vote:
Five 1-on-1 battles are set on an aim-style map
Each 1-on-1 battle set until 8 points are scored by one of the player
3 players should win their 1-on-1 battles to score the overtime victory
4.3. Overtime victory will always count as a match victory with a 16-15 score.
5. Group stage tie-breaker
5.1. Match victory scores a team 1 point.
5.2. If by the end of the group stage two or more teams scored the same amount of points, wins versus tied teams will be counted.
5.3. If this does not resolve all the ties, total match wins is counted.
5.4. If that does not resolve the rest of the ties, BO1 matches are played between tied teams on separate day.
6. LAN specific rules
6.1. Break between the maps — 15 minutes.
6.2. Break between series — 20 minutes.
6.3. Between lower finals and grand finals — 1 hour.
6.4. Schedule is accelerated.
6.5. Teams should present a dedicated set of peripheral devices to Tournament Organizer that will be checked and setted up for them for official games.
6.6. Teams must be present at the arena location at least 1 hour before the scheduled match starts.
6.7. Schedule will be updated throughout the day to represent estimated match start with an accelerated schedule.
7. Principles of conduct
7.1. Each Participant should have a responsibility to protect the health of, and provide a safe environment for, each of its participating players.
7.2. Each Participant should have a responsibility to establish and maintain an environment that fosters a positive relationship between the player and coach.
7.3. Each Participant should have a responsibility to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among its student-players and intercollegiate players department staff.
7.4. The activities of the League should be conducted in a manner free of gender bias.
7.5. An active player of the team agrees to establish and maintain high standards of personal honor, eligibility and fair play.
7.6. The Participants shall exhibit good sportsmanship and maintain respect towards one another and to the Tournament Organizer or the tournament personnel. Participants at any time during the tournament must strictly follow all instructions of the Tournament Organizer. Participants 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.
8. Inappropriate behaviour
8.1. Behavior that is considered to be inappropriate and in violation of the Rules includes, but is not limited to, the following:
8.1.1. Use of any violence against any other Participants (teams), players, staff and audience and or undertaking of any actions that may harm the reputation of the Tournament, the public image of players, teams, WePlay, Tournament Organizer and any other third parties related to the Tournament;
8.1.2. Use of profanity, as well as making negative remarks/comments against rivals and the Tournament Organizer;
8.1.3. Cheating of any kind via any means;
8.1.4. Use of any in-game bugs intentionally to gain the advantage;
8.1.5. Use of any software which violates Steam rules;
8.1.6. Use of other people’s Stream accounts and/or fake IDs to access the game during the tournament (only true-own accounts are acceptable);
8.1.7. Betting or gambling on any matches of the tournament;
8.2. According to Valve’s policy, teams/players are prohibited from participating in any betting activity, being related to people who place bets, or distributing information that could affect other people's bids.
8.3. Teams are prohibited from placing a sponsor in the Team’s name if this sponsor is already placed or in the name of another Team participating in the Tournament.
8.4. In order to appeal the match results, the Team manager has right to file a complaint to the chief referee of the tournament immediately after the end of the match being appealed. Late complaints (complaints, which are filed after the start of the subsequent match) shall not be taken into consideration.
9. Participants Requirements
9.1. Tournament is open to Participants that receive Invitation from Organizer if they correspond to terms and conditions of the Rules. Age of team players should be between 16 and 20 years old provided that 1 player from the Team elder of 20 age group is allowed.
9.2. A player will not be qualified or confirmed to participate in the tournament if one has been banned by the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system in the last 2 years. Any player who hides this fact will be immediately disqualified from the tournament, and Teams with such players that played throughout the tournament will be banned.
9.3. Participants must be able to provide documents proving their eligibility. Potential winners will ultimately need to provide proof of residency before they are officially announced the winners.
To avoid misunderstandings, the Participants (legal entities/organizations/teams) established in the following territories: Afghanistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, Cuba, Liberia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nicaragua, Haiti are not eligible to participate in Tournament and/or receive any benefits related to their participation in the Tournament.
If the Participants (legal entities/organizations/teams) from the above-mentioned territories participate in the Tournament for whatever reason, they automatically lose the right to receive any benefits related to their participation in the Tournament.
However, Participants (natural persons), who are citizens and/or residents of the above-mentioned territories are free to compete in Tournament on behalf of legal entities established outside these territories provided that:
1) They don’t fall within the category of persons, affected by the sanctions measures and prohibitions, determined in the following USA legal-and-regulatory acts and its related documentation:
- Executive Order 13405 of June 16, 2006;
- Executive Order 12947 of January 23, 1995;
- Executive Order 13224 September 23, 2001;
- Executive Order 12978 of October 21, 1995;
- Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act;
- Executive Order 13712 of November 22, 2015;
- Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Title I);
- Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (Title II);
- Executive Order 13667 of May 12, 2014;
- Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515;
- Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015;
- Executive Order 13757 of December 28, 2016;
- Executive Order 13400 of April 26, 2006;
- Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010;
- Executive Order 13687 of January 2, 2015;
- Executive Order 13722 of March 15, 2016;
- Executive order 13810 of September 20, 2017;
- North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016;
- National Defense Appropriations Act of 2020, Public Law 116-92;
- Executive Order 13413 of October 27, 2006;
- Executive Order 13848 of September 12, 2018;
- Executive Order 13608 of May 1, 2012;
- Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 597
- Executive Order 13818 of December 20, 2017;
- Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018, Public Law No: 115-272
- Executive Order 13606 of April 22, 2012;
- Executive Order 13928 of June 11, 2020;
- Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012 (IFCA) (PL 112-239);
- Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 561;
- Executive Order 13846 of August 6, 2018;
- Executive Order 13876 of June 24, 2019;
- Executive Order 13871 of May 8, 2019;
- Executive Order 13902 of January 10, 2020;
- Executive Order 13553 of September 28, 2010;
- Executive Order 13628 of October 9, 2012;
- Executive Order 13315 of August 28, 2003;
- Executive Order 13350 of July 29, 2004;
- Executive Order 13438 of July 17, 2007;
- Executive Order 13574 of May 23, 2011;
- Executive Order 13441 of August 1, 2007;
- Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011;
- Executive Order 13726 of April 19, 2016;
- Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012;
- Executive Order 13851 of November 27, 2018;
- Executive Order 13882 of July 26, 2019;
- Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018;
- Executive Order 13382 of June 28, 2005;
- Executive Order 13574 of May 23, 2011;
- Executive Order 13536 of April 12, 2010;
- Executive Order 13664 of April 3, 2014;
- Executive Order 13338 of May 11, 2004;
- Executive Order 13399 of April 25, 2006;
- Executive Order 13460 of February 13, 2008;
- Executive Order 13572 of April 29, 2011;
- Executive Order 13573 of May 18, 2011;
- Sections 7404-7438 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Title LXXIV—Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019;
- Executive Order 13894 of October 14, 2019;
- Executive Order 13581 of July 24, 2011;
- Executive Order 13660 of March 6, 2014;
- Executive Order 13661 of March 16, 2014;
- Executive Order 13662 of March 20, 2014;
- Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015;
- Executive Order 13850 of November 1, 2018;
- Executive Order 13884 of August 5, 2019;
- Executive Order 13611 of May 16, 2012;
- Executive Order 13391 of November 22, 2005;
- Executive Order 13469 of July 25, 2008;
2) They are not specified in OFAC’s sanctions Complete Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN LIST).
3) They don’t fell within the category of persons, who ever made violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and all related applicable USA anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, which are fixed and documented in appropriate manner;
4) They are not specified in Consolidated list of persons, groups and entities subject to EU financial sanctions;
5) They are not persons to whom restrictive measures are applicable according to EU Sanctions Map;
6) They are not specified in United Nations Security Council Consolidated List;
7) They are not specified in List of persons related to commitment of terrorist activity or persons to whom international sanction were applied;
8) They are not specified in CONSOLIDATED LIST OF FINANCIAL SANCTIONS TARGETS IN THE UK.
9) They don’t fall within the category of persons, affected by any other existing sanctions measures and prohibitions, which are not determined in these Rules.
In all other cases except those mentioned above, Participants (natural persons), who are citizens and/or residents of the above-mentioned territories (Afghanistan, North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, Cuba, Liberia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Nicaragua, Haiti), but are physically present (located) beyond the following territories during the Tournament holding and all related activities can participate in the Tournament, provided that they also lose the right to receive any benefits (prizes) related to their participation in the Tournament.
Officers, directors and employees of Tournament Organizer and/or its affiliates, and each of their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Tournament.
10. Proprietary Rights
10.1. All proprietary rights (including without limitation all and any marketing, media and intellectual property rights) relating to Tournament belong to the Organizer or to their respective owners.
10.2. Participants shall not associate themselves with the Tournament in any commercial manner, nor use any intellectual property rights of Organizer or other respective owners, nor shall they permit any third parties to do so, without the prior written consent of Organizer.
10.3. Recording, dissemination or any other exploitation by the Participants of images/videos of Tournament is strictly prohibited, without the prior written consent of Organizer.
10.4. By participating in the Tournament, each Participant hereby irrevocably provides Organizer and each of it’s affilliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns, a universal, unlimited time permit for streaming, communication with the public, Internet live broadcasting, photo and video shooting and recording of the Team’s/player’s performance on the Tournament itself and other events related to the Tournament, including the name of the team/player, username (nickname), logo, avatar, team/player tag or equivalent, voice, statements, similarities and other personal characteristics and other information (“Appearance”) and the right, but not the obligation, to distribute, use, communicate with the audience, translate in any language, sublicense or otherwise use the “Appearance” without any additional payments, in whole or in part, in any and all media, including, but not limited to, on the Internet, currently known or developed in the future, worldwide in perpetuity, for any purpose, including but not limited to mobile telecommunication technologies, mobile broadcasting technologies, IPTV, OTT, satellite, cable via live broadcast and Internet broadcasting, retransmission, streaming, Tvod rights, EST (including downloading via the Internet), Svod, Fvod, Advod, Nvod, Mobile rights, Ancillary rights (Airline, Hotel, Ship, Train, Vehicle); Cinematographic rights - theater, non-theater, public video rights; paid viewing rights - residential PayPerView rights; pay TV rights - rights to digital terrestrial pay TV, cable pay TV, satellite pay TV, catch-up pay TV, basic pay TV, premium pay TV; free TV rights - rights to free digital terrestrial television, cable free TV, satellite free TV, catch-up free TV; rights of retransmission, public performance, free access, reproduction, distribution and downloading by any means, including but not limited to the use of PVR, NPVR, digital video recorder, offline viewing on the territories of all satellite systems that currently span the whole world; for converting, changing, reprocessing, image restoration (including restoration/color enhancement), translation into any language (through duplication and/or off-screen translation and/or subtitles) for the purpose of advertising, marketing and promotion of the Tournament, WePlay, Organizer itself, its website and future activities, sponsors, partners, third parties in any and all media and by any means currently known or hereafter devised, including but not limited to Internet;
10.5. Organizer shall be the exclusive copyright owner of the Appearance for all purposes worldwide. If under applicable law the foregoing is not effective to place authorship and ownership thereof and all rights therein in Organizer, then by way of assignment and transfer of present and future copyright and otherwise, each Participant hereby irrevocably grants, transfers, sells and assigns to Organizer, all of his or her right, title and interest in and to the Appearance worldwide in perpetuity. Each Participant agrees to execute such further documents and to do such further acts as may be necessary to evidence, effect, perfect, register, or enforce Organizer's ownership of such rights.
10.6. Organizer and each of its affiliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns (if applicable) 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 Organizer or each of its affiliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns (if applicable) deem necessary or desirable. To the fullest extent allowable under any applicable law, each Participant 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)] it, he or she may have in the Appearance, and agrees that it, he or she will make no claim of any kind against Organizer or each of it’s affiliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns (if applicable) as a result of any of the uses described above, and irrevocably and unconditionally waives and releases Organizer or each of it’s affiliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns (if applicable) 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 Participant expressly acknowledges that Organizer and each of its affiliates, parent companies, respective licensees, successors, assigns (if applicable) as well as other Participants 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 Participant of “moral rights” or “droit moral” is not effective, then each such Participant 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.
10.7. Organizer shall have the right to freely assign its rights hereunder, in whole or in part, to any person or entity. Organizer shall retain the rights granted in the Appearance even if the Participant is disqualified or fails to meet the eligibility requirements.
10.8. Recording, dissemination or any other exploitation by the Participants of images/videos of Tournament is strictly prohibited. At the same time, the Teams shall have the right to install a web-player with a live broadcast on their own information resources (Team) website, official Team web pages in social networks).
10.9. Participants furthermore acknowledge that:
◆ To create videos of the Tournament, Organizer have the right to invite any player of the Teams participating in the Tournament into voice and/or video chat. Players must participate in the chat at Organizer’s first demand.
◆ To create text materials about the Tournament, Organizer have the right to request information related to the Tournament an unlimited number of times. Participants must provide necessary information within 24 hours of receiving the request.
◆ All the Tournament matches are held with the organizations by Organizer of live video broadcasting (streams) with their record and with the participation of official Tournament commentators.
◆ To exclude the possibility of cheating in matches that are held online, all video broadcasts of the Tournament matches shall be delayed by the maximum possible delay, determined by Organizer.
11. Personal Data
11.1. In order to take part in Tournament, the Participants need to provide Organizer their personal data (including but not limited to name, address, age, email address, nationality, etc.).
11.2. Participants acknowledge and agree that the personal data provided to Organizer pursuant to these Rules will be used, processed and stored for purposes relating to the proper organization of the Tournament itself and Tournament-related activities.
11.3. Furthermore, the Participants acknowledge and agree to Organizers’ use of their personal data in accordance with the applicable law, as well as disclosure of Participants’ personal data to Organiz
12. Warranties and Liability
12.1. Organizer makes no warranties, and hereby disclaims any and all warranties, express or implied, in connection with Tournament. Without in any way limiting the generality of the foregoing and without abrogating other agreements that apply to the Tournament Participants, Organizer hereby disclaim all warranties and conditions, whether expressed, implied, statutory or otherwise, with regard to the game software, Organizers’ website software, equipment and the operation of Tournament, including, without limitation, all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, non-infringement, and their equivalents, under the laws of any jurisdiction.
12.2. Organizer is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information or other materials associated with or utilized as part of the Organizers’ websites, and Organizer 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 Organizers’ website or the field of play in the game. Although Organizers’ attempts to ensure the integrity of Tournament, Organizer is not responsible for the actions of Participants in connection with Tournament, including a Participants’ attempt to circumvent the Rules or otherwise interfere with the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of Tournament.
12.3. The Participants acknowledge that they have received from their players all the necessary consents and/or authorizations to make representations and warranties under these Rules.
12.4. Participants (teams/legal entities/organizations) are responsible for the behaviour of their players, officials, members, and any person carrying out a function during the Tournament on their behalf.
13.1. Violation of any part of these Rules may, at Organizers’ sole discretion, result in (a) sanction(s) and/or loss of winner status. All Participants must strictly follow Organizers’ directions. All decisions and rules of the Organizer are final and binding. Organizer reserves the right to sanction any Participant at any time for any reason. The sanctions may be:
◆ forfeit of a prize (if such existing).
◆ other measures of influence, if they are enshrined in these Rules.
Tournament Organizer reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to ban disqualified Participants from any future participation in any event organized by Tournament Organizer.
13.2. If any right of disqualification arises as to any Participant, then this right may be exercised as Organizer may elect in it’s sole discretion. Any Participant who elects to end its/his/her participation in the Tournament, and/or is disqualified from the Tournament, will not be permitted to re-enter the Tournament in any capacity.
13.3. These Official Rules are governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of England and Wales, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflicting provisions or rules. Any dispute or controversy arising out of or in connection with this Rules, including any question regarding its existence, validity or termination, shall be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration under the LCIA Rules. The number of arbitrators shall be one. The seat, or legal place, of arbitration shall be London. The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English.
13.4. If it is necessary to make changes to these Rules and/or format of Tournament after it’s start, Organizer informs all participants (teams/legal entities/organizations), in writing (via e-mail), and, after receiving confirmation from 75% of the all participants makes the necessary changes to the Rules, format of the Tournament. Such changes begin to apply from the moment they are confirmed by 75% of the afore-mentioned participants. For avoidance of any misunderstandings, the Participant (teams/legal entities/organizations) will have 24 hours to accept/reject proposed changes by Organizer from the moment of such notification sending by Organizer. If Participant (team/legal entity/organization) don’t give any feedback on this matter to the Organizer during proposed 24 hours, it will be deemed that such participant fully and undoubtedly accepted all proposed changes of the Organizer.
13.5. Organizer and Tournament referees are allowed to make their own decisions which could go against the Rules in extraordinary situations. Organizer and Tournament referees are also allowed to make their own decisions in situations which are not covered by the Rules.