RULES

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Overview

EPUP Online (Electronic Professional Ultimate Players) is a video game competition conducted using EA SPORTS’s latest FIFA Game for PlayStation 4 or 5 consoles. The Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law. All federal, state, provincial, and local laws and regulations apply.

Player Eligibility

Players must register at www.epuponline.com to be considered for eligibility for the Competition. Players that meet the eligibility requirements in this Section (individually, a “Player” or "Competitor”) must:

Age Requirement

To be eligible to participate in the Competition, Competitors must be at least 18 years old at the time of registration and be at least the minimum age required to have a full.

All Competitors under the age of majority in their territory of residence must have a parent or legal guardian review and consent to these Official Rules on their behalf, and accompany them to any Live Events.

Employees and Conflict of Interest

Employees of RavenXM LIMITED or EPUP Online and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies, and the immediate family members or persons living in the same household of such employees are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

Registration Data and Leaderboard

As part of the registration process, Competitors will be asked to provide optional information, such as chosen Team of Representation and chosen Country of Representation within The EA latest FIFA Game. This information may be used in any leaderboard data created as part of EPUP Online Competitions. The leaderboard will be published after each match and updated with point totals on a regular basis, as determined by EPUP Online in its sole discretion.

Publication of Winner Information

EA will post the names of confirmed winners online one to two weeks after the end of each Live Event at www.epuponline.com/blog By accepting a prize, Competitors grant EPUP Online the right to use their personal information, and any other information provided by Competitors, without further consent or compensation to Competitors, for marketing and promotional purposes:

  • Background info: Full name, country of residency, age, platform, Xbox Live Gamertag or PSN ID, position on weekly leaderboard in the weekly of qualification.
  • Football fandom info: Favorite professional football club, favorite professional football player, etc.
  • Social Media info: Twitter handle, YouTube channel, and Twitch account (if applicable).
  • Photo: A standard set of headshots following the template provided by UPUP Online must be submitted by each Player.

APPENDIX A: Code of Conduct

The below Code of Conduct applies to all Competitors at all levels of the Competition, unless otherwise specified. EPUP Online reserves the right to levy penalties or disqualify any Competitor in violation of this Code of Conduct, in its sole discretion.

Player Behaviour Generally

Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate and respectful demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players. These requirements apply to both offline and online interactions, including social media conduct and activity on live streams. Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violating any applicable law, rule or regulation, as determined by EPUP Online in its sole discretion;
  • Using any software or program that damages, interferes with or disrupts the Competition or another's computer or property;
  • Any external software designed to give the competitor an unfair advantage;
  • Interfering with or disrupting another player's participation in the Competition;
  • Harassing, threatening, bullying, engaging in hate speech, repeatedly sending unwanted messages, or making personal attacks or statements about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, heritage, etc.;
  • Publishing, posting, uploading or distributing content, or organizing/participating in any activity, group or guild that EPUP Online (acting reasonably and objectively) determines is inappropriate, abusive, hateful, harassing, profane, defamatory, threatening, obscene, sexually explicit, infringing, privacy-invasive, vulgar, offensive, indecent or unlawful;
  • Using exploits, cheats, undocumented features, design errors or bugs in the Competition;
  • Engaging in any other activity that significantly disturbs the peaceful, fair and respectful gaming environment of the Competition; and
  • Promoting, encouraging or taking part in any prohibited activity described above.

Collusion Policy

Collusion is defined as any agreement among two or more Players to disadvantage other Players in the Competition. Collusion between Players is strictly prohibited. Any Players determined by EPUP Online at any point in the tournament to be engaging in collusion will be removed from the Competition, be forced to return any compensation and/or prizes received from Live Events, and may have their EPUP Online account suspended. Examples of collusion include, but are not limited to:

  • Intentionally losing a match for any reason, either during Online Qualification Tournaments or at Live Events.
  • Playing on behalf of another Competitor, including using a secondary account, to aid them in FUT Champions, Online Qualification Tournaments, or Live Events.
  • Any form of match-fixing.
  • “Soft play,” defined as a Player not giving their best effort in order to allow an opponent to run up the score and gain a Goal Differential advantage.
  • Agreeing to split prize money.
  • Allowing an opponent to score more or fewer goals than they normally would.
  • Live Event Conduct

    Competitors must maintain an adequate level of respect toward other Competitors, referees, and tournament administrators during all Live Events. Prohibited conduct at Live Events includes, but is not limited to:

    • Using vulgar or offensive language;
    • Abusive behavior, including harassment and verbal threats;
    • Physical abuse, fighting, or any other threatening action directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person;
    • Damage and/or abuse to game consoles, controllers, tournament equipment, or the facility/venue;
    • Interfering with or interrupting the broadcast or broadcast production;
    • Interfering with gameplay, including purposely breaking a game station, interrupting a power supply, leaving a station before the conclusion of a match, refusing to play, and abuse of in-game pausing;
    • Failure to cooperate with safety and security requirements, such as metal detectors and bag searches;
    • Failure to follow instructions given by tournament sponsors, referees, and security personnel at all times;
    • Gambling, including betting on the outcome of games;
    • Disclosing any confidential information provided by EPUP Online or any of its affiliates;
    • Accepting gifts, rewards, or compensation for services that are rendered in connection with competing in the competitions (with an exception for Players with sponsors who pay them based on their performance);
    • Logging in to the provided consoles with a personal account or playing any game other than the copy of EA’s latest FIFA game provided for use in the tournament; and
    • Failing to be available for any post-tournament awards ceremonies, interviews, and the entirety of the Live Event, as well as any promotional activities reasonably requested by EPUP Online or other sponsors.

    Live Event drug & Alcohol Policy

    • Player use of alcohol or drugs is prohibited on the premises, and Players may not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while participating.
    • Smoking, including the use of eCigarettes and vaporizers, is prohibited at all Live Events except in designated areas.

    Live Event Dress Code

    Players must wear attire appropriate to the circumstances and location at which a Live Event is taking place.

    Players shall not wear, carry or bear any items of a political nature, or which in EPUP Online’s opinion reflect unfavorably upon EA, its partners, or the Competition.

    EPUP Online may request, at its sole discretion, that a competitor not display a sponsorship, advertising or branding associated with any of the prohibited categories at any time during a tournament. This may include competitors not being allowed to wear clothing items or having to cover logos on clothing when appearing at live events if those logos fall into the prohibited ad sponsor group.

    Penalties

    Violation of this Code of Conduct will, at EPUP Online’s election, result in (a) penalty(ies) and/or (b) loss of winner status. All decisions and rulings of EPUP Online relating to the Competition are final and binding. EPUP Online reserves the right to penalize any Player in the Competition at any level, at any time for any reason. Penalties may include, in no particular order, any or all of the following:

  • Warning
  • Final Warning
  • Forfeiture of Single Match
  • Forfeiture of all Matches
  • Loss of awards (including prize money and paid travel expenses)
  • Disqualification from events, qualifiers or weekend leagues.
  • EPUP Online also has the right to publicly announce penalties that have been levied on Players, and such Players hereby waive any right of legal action against the RavenXM LIMIted and EPUP Online, and any of its affiliates.

    Player Sponsorship

    EPUP Online Players have the ability to acquire ad sponsors. Ad Sponsorship is limited, however, to exclude certain categories and industries. If the ad sponsor falls under one of the below categories, then the ad sponsorship may not be displayed by the Player in conjunction with or during tournaments. EPUP Online reserves the right to update this non-exclusive list of prohibited ad sponsors:

    • Gambling or gambling websites
    • Alcohol, tobacco, and/or non-“over-the-counter” drugs
    • FIFA Ultimate Team Coin promoting or selling websites or companies
    • Firearms or any type of weapons
    • Pornographic or adult material
    • Products or services from direct competitors of EPUP Online, its partners, and its other subsidiary brands

    APPENDIX C: QUALIFICATION, LIVE EVENT TOURNAMENT FORMAT & GAMEPLAY SETTINGS

    EPUP Online Rules

    EPUP FIFA 21 Tournaments Structure

    FIFA 21 Qualification

    Our FIFA Tournament Format offers teams the chance to bond and compete in person through FIFA 21.

    Minimum age for participation is 18 years and above.

    Registration is PAY TO PLAY for the tournament, and we require all players to play in person at a specific venue and time.

    The tournament is FIFA world cup format, but there would be no third place matches. It would declare only first and second places winners. Players will play 63 matches to determine the winners of a competition.

    All gamers will meet in person to compete using PS4/5 consoles.

    Match Rules for Live Event

    Each matchup (“Match”) will be a single game with an opponent from playoffs to knockout stage.

    Additional rules that apply to all Live Events matches:

    • Players are not allowed to plug any devices, other than controllers, into any console.
    • All video game consoles, televisions and headsets are supplied by EPUP Online.
    • Competitors may provide their own controller so long as the controller does not provide an unfair competitive advantage to the competitor, does not interfere with the operations of the game or tournament, does not require any special configuration, cabling or adapters to function and is designed to work natively on the console the competitor competes on. The sponsor may, at its sole discretion, disallow any controller and require the competitor to use an approved controller.
    • Any action designed to disrupt the opposing Player's view of the field or ability to select controlled Players is prohibited.
    • At each tournament, players will need to be available throughout the day to play their matches. Players will be given a reasonable warning that they will need to be ready to play, and players leaving the location of the event will be responsible for returning in time for their matches.
    • Players are only allowed to listen to music through a disconnected device, such as a dedicated MP3 player or phone placed into airplane mode and all communication modes (WiFi, Bluetooth, etc.) disabled. Players are not allowed to interact with the device during the match.
    • Players not present at the designated start time for any match will be disqualified, and their opponent shall be granted a 3-0 score
    • A player disqualified during a match will receive a score of 0, while their opponent will receive their current score or a score of 3, whichever is higher.
    • Players will be shown their designated station, shall set up the game, and begin play only when instructed to do so by a tournament official.
    • Each Player will have 2-3 minutes to configure controls, adjust line-ups and settings in accordance with the rules described in the “Gameplay Settings” for each Live Event. Custom lineups cannot be used, nor can anything else that is not available in the in-game pause menu.
    • Wherever possible, tournament referees will monitor the game state so that it may be restored in the event of game interruptions.
    • If a Player has an issue that they feel is creating an unfair advantage for the opponent, they must pause the game, (or request their opponent pause the game) and bring the issue to the attention of the referee. If the Player believes that the referee hasn’t addressed the issue properly, the Player may request the head referee review the issue. Rulings by the head referee and tournament sponsor are binding.

    Game Interruption and Pauses at Live Events

    • If a game is paused or interrupted intentionally while the ball is in play by any Player, EPUP Online has the right to immediately disqualify that Player.
    • If a game interruption is caused by outside circumstances such as a machine error or loss of power, the game shall be continued from a point determined by EPUP Online.
    • Notwithstanding the above, a Player can pause the game to change strategy and/or formation if i) a player of his team is sent off or ii) a player of his team is injured.

    Game Setup Instructions at Live Events

    Each game will be played using the Kickoff mode in EA’s latest FIFA Game with the default game settings.

    Gameplay Setting

    • KICK OFF MODE
    • Match Half Length: 6 minutes
    • Difficulty Level: LEGENDARY
    • Season: Spring
    • Time of Day: 08:00 PM
    • Weather: Clear/Overcast
    • Game Speed: Normal
    • Ball: Default Game Settings
    • Camera: Tele Broadcast
    • Camera Height: 20
    • Camera Zoom: 0
    • Visual HUD: Player Name Bar
    • Time/Score display: On
    • Radar: 3D
    • Controller Setting: Tactical Only**
    • No Keeper Selection during play**
    • Injuries: Off
    • Offside: On
    • Bookings: On
    • Handball: Off

    Match Day Rules

    Each tournament match has a window of 30 minutes to be played. All gamers will follow the schedule of play. If a gamer reports late for a match within the first schedule of the group stage, their match will be automatically forfeited to keep the tournament in progress.

    Formation modifications or player substitutions not allowed during playtime. It allows such changes before kickoff, during half-time, or when the ball is out of play.

    FAQ (How to Enter)

    You must sign up for a tournament on epuponline.com in order to take part in any tournament.

    You must be available to play your matches in person at given locations.

    Registration is PAY TO PLAY for tournaments, and we require all players participate in person

    Minimum age for participation is 18 years and above.