Hearts Wild Cup - Official Rules
1. Introduction and Acceptance
These Fortnite - Hearts Wild Cup Official Rules (“Rules”) govern all stages of the Fortnite - Hearts Wild Cup (“Hearts Wild Cup” or “Event”).
These Rules have been designed to ensure the integrity of competitive play of Fortnite (the “Game”) in connection with the Event, and are intended to promote vigorous competition and to help ensure that all competitive play of the Game is fun, fair, and free from Toxic Behavior (as defined below).
To participate in the Event, each player must agree (or, if a Minor (as defined below), such player’s parent or legal guardian must agree on such player’s behalf) to follow these Rules at all times, including the Code of Conduct in Section 8. A player (or, if a Minor, such player’s parent or legal guardian) may accept these Rules by clicking to accept or agree to these Rules, where this option is made available to you by Epic Games, Inc. (“Epic”) in the Game client. By participating in any game or match that is part of the Event, a player is confirming that he or she (or, if a Minor, his or her parent or legal guardian) has accepted these Rules pursuant to this Section 1.2.
Epic will have primary responsibility for enforcing these Rules for all players at the Event and may, working with the Event Administrators (as defined below), hand out penalties to players for violations of these Rules, as further described in Section 9.
Epic may update, revise, change, or modify these Rules from time to time. For each player, his or her participation in the Event after any update, revision, change, or modification to these Rules will be deemed acceptance by such player (or, if a Minor, such player’s parent or legal guardian) of these Rules as updated, revised, changed, or modified.
2. Event Structure
2.1 Definition of Terms
The Game’s ranked, competitive mode composed of three (3) leagues (each, a “League”) separated into ten (10) divisions (each, a “Division”) as follows:
Open League: Division I (0 - 249 Hype points (“Hype”))
Open League: Division II (250 - 499 Hype)
Open League: Division III (500 - 999 Hype)
Open League: Division IV (1,000 - 1,499 Hype)
Contender League: Division I (1,500 - 2,499 Hype)
Contender League: Division II (2,500 - 3,999 Hype)
Contender League: Division III (4,000 - 5,999 Hype)
Champion League: Division I (6,000 - 11,999 Hype)
Champion League: Division II (12,000 - 15,999 Hype)
Champion League: Division III (16,000+ Hype)
An occurrence where one player depletes the HP and Shield (if any) of another player. Subject to Section 7.1.2, elimination credit is determined by (a) the action feed located at the bottom left corner of the gameplay screen, and (b) the UI illustrating total number of eliminations earned during a single match; provided, that, in no event shall elimination credit be awarded to a player for any portion of a match following such player’s elimination.
2.1.3 Event Administrator
Any Epic employee or member of the admin team, broadcast team, production team, event staff, or anyone else otherwise employed or contracted for the purpose of running the Event.
2.1.4 Game Mode
A specific ruleset, set of gameplay elements, or win conditions for a given match. Game modes can be very broad and may or may not differ from one match to the next. Event Administrators will explain the specific parameters for each game mode before the beginning of a match.
A single instance of competition within the Game that is played until a player or team either achieves a Victory Royale (as defined below) or certain victory conditions are otherwise met.
A player’s or team’s time spent in play in a match, relative to that of other players or teams in such match, prior to being eliminated. Placement rank is illustrated in the UI after being eliminated.
A set of matches that is played until a winner or multiple winners are determined by one of the following methods: (a) completion of a set number of matches or (b) completion of a set time period.
2.1.8 Victory Royale
An occurrence where a player or team meets the victory conditions of the current game mode of the match being played. Typically, this refers to obtaining a first place placement finish.
2.2 Schedule - All Final Times Listed in Game
2.2.1 February 9th: Hearts Wild Cup
Epic may, in its sole discretion, reorder the schedule and/or change the date for any match or session of the Event (or change any game mode to be played in connection therewith). However, if the Event schedule is so modified, Epic will inform all players at its earliest convenience.
2.4 Event Format and Scoring - Hearts Wild Cup
For each Hearts Wild Cup Match, all eligible players on a Duos team (as determined by Epic in accordance with these Rules) must rank in the Open League (Division I, II, or III) or higher within Arena in their respective region by the start of such Match to be eligible to queue up and compete during the session window as listed in-game.
The Event will last approximately three (3) hours. Teams may participate in a maximum of ten (10) matches during the Event. Teams will earn points based on the scoring system listed in Sections 2.4.2 and 2.4.3 (as applicable). Matches for the Event will count only if the match begins before the Event window closes.
At the conclusion of the Event, and subject to the terms and conditions herein, the top point earning teams as listed on the in-game leaderboard (“Leaderboard”) from each region will be awarded prizes as set out in Section 2.5.1.
2.4.2 Scoring System
Victory Royale: 42 Points
2nd: 36 Points
3rd: 32 Points
4th: 30 Points
5th: 29 Points
6th: 28 Points
7th: 27 Points
8th: 26 Points
9th: 25 Points
10th: 24 Points
11th: 23 Points
12th: 22 Points
13th: 21 Points
14th: 20 Points
15th: 19 Points
16th: 18 Points
17th: 17 Points
18th: 16 Points
19th: 15 Points
20th: 14 Points
21st: 13 Points
22nd: 12 Points
23rd: 11 Points
24th: 10 Points
25th-29th: 9 Points
30th-34th: 6 Points
35th-39th: 3 Points
40th-44th: 2 Points
45th-50th: 1 Point
Each Elimination: 1 Point
Tiebreakers will be determined in the order presented here: (1) total points scored; (2) total Victory Royales in the session; (3) average eliminations in the session; (4) average placement per match in the session; (5) total seconds survived across all Matches; and finally (6) a coin flip.
2.5.1 Hearts Wild Cup
The following prizes will be awarded to each player on a team based on his or her placement within the Leaderboard at the conclusion of the Event.
Event Prizes - Europe
1st - 1,750th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - NA East
1st - 875th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - NA West
1st - 250th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - Brazil
1st - 250th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - Asia
1st - 125th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - Oceania
1st - 125th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
Event Prizes - Middle East
1st - 125th “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling.
2.5.2 Prizing Information
Only the highest scoring players (as determined by Epic pursuant to this Section 2.5.2) (collectively, “Winning Players”) will be eligible to receive the applicable prizes set forth in Section 2.5.1. No other player with a score lower than the Winning Players shall be, at any time or under any circumstances, entitled to win any prizes in connection with the Event.
For clarity, prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Prizes are not transferable or assignable and cannot be transferred by Winning Players. Non-cash prizes (if any) cannot be redeemed for cash. All prize details are at the sole discretion of Epic. The “Lovely” In-Game Cosmetic Outfit and Back Bling have no value (retail or otherwise) outside of an Epic account, and will be granted directly to the applicable Winning Player’s Epic account within 3 weeks of completion of the Event, or such other time as reasonably required by Epic for such grant. Additional terms and conditions may apply to acceptance and use of a prize.
3. Player Eligibility
3.1 Player Age
3.1.1 To be eligible to participate in any Event match, a player must be at least 13 years old (or such other age, if greater, as may be required in such player’s country of residence). If a player is under 18 years of age or the age of majority as defined in such player’s country of residence (a “Minor”), such player must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the Event.
3.1.2 Ineligible players who mislead or attempt to mislead Event Administrators by providing false eligibility information will be subject to disciplinary actions as further described in Section 9.2.
3.2 Fortnite EULA
Each player must follow the Fortnite End User License Agreement (“Fortnite EULA”) (https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/eula). These Rules add to, and do not replace, the Fortnite EULA.
Each player must enable (if not already enabled) Two-Factor Authentication (“2FA”) on his or her Epic account. To enable 2FA, players must visit https://epicgames.com/2FA, log in to their Epic accounts, and follow the onscreen instructions.
3.4 Epic Affiliation
Employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of Epic (including the legal, promotion, and advertising agencies of Epic) and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, grandparents, and in-laws, regardless of where they live) and those living in their household (whether or not related), and each person or entity connected with the production or administration of the Event, and each parent company, affiliate, subsidiary, agent and representative of Epic are not eligible to participate or win.
3.5 Player Names
3.5.1 All team and individual player names must follow the Code of Conduct in Section 8. Epic and the Event Administrators each may restrict or change team and individual player tags or screen names for any reason.
3.5.2 The name used by a team or player may not include or make use of the
terms Fortnite®, Epic, or any other trademark, trade name, or logo owned by or licensed to Epic.
3.5.3 The name used by a team or player cannot be an impersonation of another team, player, streamer, celebrity, government official, Epic employee, or any other person or entity.
3.6 Good Standing; Account Level
3.6.1 Players must be in good standing with respect to any Epic accounts registered by said player, with no undisclosed violations. Players must also be free of or served fully any penalties from previously breaking any official Epic rules.
3.6.2 A player’s Epic account must be level thirty (30) or above. This information can be found in the in-game “Career” tab.
3.7 Additional Restrictions
3.7.1 The Event in all parts is open to players from across the world, except as otherwise provided in this Section. The Event is not open to individuals wherever restricted or prohibited by applicable law or in any country disallowed by U.S. law. Without limitation of the foregoing, the Event is not open to individuals in the Crimea region, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe.
3.7.2 The Event is not open to individuals using iOS devices.
3.7.3 For the duration of the Event, only a single player may play on a given game machine (i.e., multiple players cannot participate on the same machine at any point during any Event match).
3.7.4 Players may only have one (1) entry (using one (1) Epic account) into the Event for a given session. Players are expressly prohibited from having additional Event entries using additional or secondary Epic account(s).
4. Player/Team Formation Rules
4. Player/Team Formation Rules
4.1.1 Each Duos player (or, if a Minor, such player’s parent or legal guardian) must acknowledge and accept these Rules in-game pursuant to Section 1.2 before participating in the Event.
4.1.2 During the Event, all players on a team must be present and partied up together in order to participate. Players on a team may not play Solo. If a team does not have both members present and partied up together by the start time for a given match, it will be considered to have finished in (or tied for) last place with zero eliminations for that match.
4.1.3 All members of a team that fall within the prizing thresholds set forth in Section 2.5.1 must meet the eligibility requirements set out in Section 3 in order to be eligible to receive such prizes. If one member of a team fails the verification of eligibility process, both members of that team will be disqualified as potential winning players, and that team shall not be entitled to win any prizes in connection with the Event.
4.1.4 Each member of a team shall be deemed to have jointly and severally made and entered into all of the representations, warranties and agreements contained herein and shall be jointly and severally obligated and bound thereby. Except as otherwise expressly set forth herein, all of the Event Administrators’ rights pursuant to these Rules relate to and are exercisable against the team as a whole and each individual member of the team. If any right of disqualification arises as to any individual member of the team, then the right of disqualification may be exercised against the team as a whole, as the Event Administrators may elect in their sole discretion.
5.1 Definition of Terms
An error, flaw, failure, or fault that produces an incorrect or unexpected result, or otherwise causes the Game and/or a hardware device to behave in unintended ways.
5.1.2 Intentional Disconnection
A player losing connection to the Game due to the player’s actions. Any actions of a player which lead to a disconnection shall be deemed intentional, regardless of the actual intent of the player. Intentional disconnection is not considered a valid technical issue for the purposes of a remake.
5.1.3 Server Crash
All players losing connection to the Game due to an issue with the Game server.
5.1.4 Unintentional Disconnection
A player losing connection to the Game due to problems or issues with the game client, platform, network, or PC.
5.2 Technical Issues
Due to the nature and scale of online competition, except as otherwise determined by Epic in its sole discretion, matches will not be restarted or made null due to Bugs, Intentional Disconnections, Server Crashes, or Unintentional Disconnections. Except as otherwise determined by Epic in its sole discretion, any technical issues or Bug encounters, whether defined in this Section 5 or not, must be played through and will not be cause for a remake.
6.1 Event Administrators will be available to answer player-specific questions and provide additional assistance throughout the Event via the official player support channel found here: https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/help-center
7. Post-Match Process
7.1.1 The Game client will record and report a player’s score at the conclusion of such player’s participation in a match.
7.1.2 At times, unforeseen issues may arise that result in score reporting delays and/or inaccuracies. For the duration of the Event, the score displayed within the Leaderboard will be the official score, regardless of accuracy.
8. Code of Conduct
8.1 Personal Conduct; No Toxic Behavior
8.1.1 All players must conduct themselves in a way that is at all times consistent with (a) the Code of Conduct in this Section 8 (“Code of Conduct”) and (b) the general principles of personal integrity, honesty, and good sportsmanship.
8.1.2 Players must be respectful of other players, Event Administrators, spectators, and sponsors (as applicable).
8.1.3 Players shall not behave in a manner (a) which violates these Rules, (b) which is disruptive, unsafe or destructive, or (c) which is otherwise harmful to the enjoyment of the Game by other users as intended by Epic (as decided by Epic). In particular, players shall not engage in harassing or disrespectful conduct, use of abusive or offensive language, game sabotage, spamming, social engineering, scamming, or any unlawful activity (“Toxic Behavior”).
8.1.4 Players shall not (a) proclaim to be, or represent themselves as, a banned player or a cheater/rule breaker, or (b) glorify or otherwise endorse the breaking or violation of these Rules.
8.1.5 Any violation of these Rules may expose a player to disciplinary action as further described in Section 9.2, whether or not that violation was committed intentionally.
8.2 Competitive Integrity
8.2.1 Each player is expected to play within the spirit of the Game and these Rules at all times during any Event match. Any form of unfair play is prohibited by these Rules, and may result in disciplinary action. Examples of unfair play include the following:
Collusion (as defined below), match fixing or throwing, bribing a referee or match official, or any other unfair or illegal action or agreement to intentionally influence (or attempt to influence) the outcome of any match or Event.
Hacking or otherwise modifying the intended behavior of the Game client.
Playing or allowing another player to play on an Epic account registered in another person’s name (or soliciting, encouraging, or directing someone else to do so).
Using any kind of cheating device, program, or similar cheating method to gain a competitive advantage.
Intentionally exploiting any game function (e.g., an in-game bug or glitch) in a manner not intended by Epic in order to gain a competitive advantage.
Using distributed denial of service attacks, swatting, or similar methods to interfere with another player’s connection to the Game’s game client.
Using macro keys or similar methods to automate in-game actions.
Accepting any gift, reward, bribe, or compensation for services promised, rendered, or to be rendered in connection with unfair play of the Game (e.g., services designed to throw or fix a match or session).
Utilizing outside assistance regarding the location of other players, other players’ health or equipment, or any other information not otherwise known to the player by the information on his or her own screen (e.g., looking at or attempting to look at spectator monitors while currently in a match). For clarity, a player’s receipt of coaching or use of the in-game replay tool does not fall within this prohibition.
8.2.2 Players may not work together to deceive or otherwise cheat other players during any match (“Collusion”). Examples of Collusion include the following:
Teaming: Players working together during the match while on opposing teams.
Planned Movement: Agreement between 2 or more opposing players to land at specific locations or to move through the map in a planned way before the match begins.
Communication: Sending or receiving signals (both verbal and non-verbal) to communicate with opposing players.
Item Dumping: Intentionally dropping items for an opposing player to collect.
Feeding: Intentionally allowing oneself to be eliminated by an opposing player.
Players shall not (a) conduct or promote betting, wagering, or gambling on the Event or any portion thereof, or (b) benefit, either directly or indirectly, from betting, wagering, or gambling on the Event or any portion thereof.
8.4.1 Players are prohibited from engaging in any form of harassing, abusive, or discriminatory conduct based on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.
8.4.2 Any player who witnesses or is subjected to harassing, abusive, or discriminatory conduct should notify an Epic Esports Coordinator or Event Administrator. All complaints reported pursuant to this Section 8.4.2 will be promptly investigated and appropriate action will be taken. Retaliation against any player who brings forward a complaint or cooperates in the investigation of a complaint is prohibited.
A player may not disclose to any third party any confidential information provided by the Event Administrators, Epic, or its affiliates concerning the Game, the Event, Epic, or its affiliates, by any method of communication, including by posting on social media channels.
8.6 Illegal Conduct
Players are required to comply with all applicable laws at all times.
9. Rules and Conduct Violations
9.1 Investigation and Compliance
Players agree to fully cooperate with Epic and/or an Event Administrator (as applicable) in the investigation of any violation of these Rules. If Epic and/or an Event Administrator contacts a player to discuss the investigation, the player must be truthful in the information that he or she provides to Epic and/or an Event Administrator. Any player found to have withheld, destroyed, or tampered with any related information, or otherwise found to have misled Epic and/or an Event Administrator during an investigation, will be subject to disciplinary action as further described in Section 9.2.
9.2 Disciplinary Action
9.2.1 If Epic decides that a player has violated the Code, Epic may take the following disciplinary actions (as applicable):
Issue a private or public warning (verbal or written) to the player;
Loss of session points for the current or future match(es);
Loss of all or any part of the prizes previously awarded to the player;
Disqualify the player from participating in one or more matches and/or sessions at the Event; or
Prevent the player from participating in one or more future competitions hosted by Epic.
9.2.2 For clarity, the nature and extent of the disciplinary action taken by Epic pursuant to this Section 9.2 will be in the sole and absolute discretion of Epic. Epic reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from such player to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
The enforcement of any applicable punishment by Epic shall not provide such player with grounds for claims against Epic under any theory of law, or otherwise be considered a liability on the part of Epic to such player.
9.2.3 If Epic decides that there have been repeated breaches of these Rules by a player, it may hand out increasing disciplinary action, up to and including permanent disqualification from all future competitive play of the Game. Epic may also enforce any applicable penalty specified in Epic’s Terms of Service and/or the Fortnite EULA.
9.2.4 All Rules violations at the Event will be governed by the Epic Competitive Penalty Matrix. A final decision by Epic as to the appropriate disciplinary action will be final and binding on all players.
9.3 Rule Disputes
Epic has final, binding authority to decide all disputes with respect to any portion of these Rules, including the breach, enforcement, or interpretation thereof.
The Event is subject to these Rules. By participating, each player agrees (or, if a Minor, such player’s parent or legal guardian agrees on such player’s behalf): (a) to be bound by these complete Rules (including the Code of Conduct) and the decisions of Epic which shall be final and binding; and (b) to waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Event or these Rules, except where prohibited by applicable law. By accepting a prize, the Winning Player agrees (or, if a Minor, such Winning Player’s parent or legal guardian agrees on such Winning Player’s behalf) to release Epic from any and all liability, loss, or damage arising from or in connection with awarding, receipt, and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any prize-related activities. Epic shall not be liable for: (i) telephone system, telephone, or computer hardware, software, or other technical or computer malfunctions, lost connections, disconnections, delays, or transmission errors; (ii) data corruption, theft, destruction, and unauthorized access to or alteration of entry or other materials; (iii) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind, including death caused by the prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or from participation in the Event; or (iv) any printing, typographical, administrative, or technological errors in any materials associated with the Event. Epic reserves the right to cancel or suspend the Event in its sole discretion or due to circumstances beyond its control, including natural disasters. Epic may disqualify any player from participating in the Event or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines such player is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Event by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices intending to annoy, abuse, threaten, undermine, or harass any other players or Epic’s representatives. The internal laws of the State of North Carolina, without reference to any of its conflicts of laws principles, shall govern disputes regarding these Rules and/or the Event. Epic may, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify, or suspend the Event should a virus, bug, computer problem, unauthorized intervention, force majeure, or other cause beyond Epic’s control corrupt the administration, security, or proper play of the Event. Any attempt to deliberately damage or undermine the legitimate operation of the Event may be in violation of criminal and civil laws and will result in disqualification from participation in the Event. Should such an attempt be made, Epic reserves the right to seek remedies and damages (including attorneys’ fees) to the fullest extent of the law, including criminal prosecution. The Event is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Epic reserves the right to use the name, tag, likeness, audio, video, game play statistics, and/or Epic account ID of any player, for publicity purposes prior to, during, or after the Event end date, in any media, throughout the world, in perpetuity, but only in connection with publicizing the Event or other Game events and programing, without any compensation or prior review unless specifically prohibited by law.
12. Waiver of Jury Trial
Except as prohibited by applicable law and as a condition of participating in this Event, each Participant hereby irrevocably and perpetually waives any right s/he may have to a trial by jury in respect of any litigation directly or indirectly arising out of, under or in connection with this Event, any document or agreement entered into in connection herewith, any prize available in connection herewith, and any of the transactions contemplated hereby or thereby.
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