spring series rules

The following terms will be used in this document, around the website, and at the tournament itself.

Bracket – A flow chart indicating who should play whom at any point in the tournament.
Match – A pairing between two people in the bracket. The two people play each other until a winner is determined.
Judge – The Judge (or Judges) are people identified by Free Play, Incorporated as being the arbiters of the tournament.
Bracket Seeding
All players in the tournament will be seeded randomly.

Match Play
These rules will be in effect while a single Match in the tournament is played. If you are playing in the tournament, be sure to study this section carefully, especially if you have no prior tournament experience.

Choosing Sides
When both players are at the arcade machine, they must come to an agreement which side of they machine they will play on (who will sit on 1p and who will sit on 2p). If an agreement cannot be reached, a dice roll will determine who gets to pick their side.

Playing the Match
Once sides have been chosen, the players should begin their Match. The Match is over when either player receives a game over. The player still alive at that moment wins the Match. If both players receive game over deaths within 1 second of one another, the Judge will be consulted for a ruling. If the Judge rules the deaths were simultaneous, a new game will be played. The word of the Judge is final.

Equipment Failure
Video game hardware has a tendency to break down during tournaments. Buttons or joysticks will occasionally break down in the middle of a match, leaving the player on the broken side at a significant disadvantage. The following rules will be used in the event of a breakdown. In the event of an equipment failure, the Match will be replayed upon repair and/or replacement of the faulty equipment. If the equipment cannot be replaced in a satisfactory manner, the tournament will be cancelled and refunds will be issued to all participants.

Hacks / Cheats / Codes
You are prohibited from using any hack, cheat, or special input code during the tournament. Enforcement of this rule is at the sole discretion of the Judge(s).

Rule Enforcement and Disqualification
The Judges have complete authority over the tournament to ensure fair play and an enjoyable experience for all participants. There is no appeal from a Judge ruling. The Judges have virtually unlimited powers, including but not limited to, disqualifying a player from the tournament.

Any tournament players that are not present when their Match is called, without giving staff a valid reason for not being present, will have a period of two (2) minutes to report to the arcade machine. After the two minute period has expired, you will be forced to forfeit your Match. This is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.

Collusion of any kind with your competitors is considered cheating. If a Judge determines that any competitor is colluding to manipulate the results or intentionally under performing, the collaborating players may be immediately disqualified. This determination is to be made at the sole discretion of the Judge. Anyone disqualified in this manner forfeits all rights to any prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.

Free Play has a zero tolerance policy toward violence, threats of violence, intimidation, and other forms of thuggery. Any threat of violence, extreme intimidation, or violence of any kind will result in an immediate disqualification.

Gambling is prohibited in and/or around the event hall. Any player that gambles on the property will be immediately ejected from the tournament, and may be banned. If you want to gamble, go play at the tables, that is what they are for.

These rules are an attempt to insure that the tournament runs fairly and as smoothly as possible. However, unforeseen circumstances may require a special response, and for that reason the Judges reserve the right to change any of the tournament rules or remove any player at any time, for any reason, at their sole discretion. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us by e-mail.

All tournament participants shall protect, defend, indemnify and hold harmless Free Play, Incorporated, its affiliated corporations, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives and employees from and against any and all costs and expenses, damages, claims, suits, actions, liabilities, losses and judgments including, without limitation, attorneys’ fees and legal expenses, based on, arising out of or in any way related or connected with the Event or any other matter or activity directly or indirectly related to the Event, including but not limited to libel, slander, disparagement, defamation, copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, piracy, plagiarism, or infringement of any patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret or other intellectual property right of any third party. This obligation shall continue beyond the term of the Event.

As there are limited bracket spots, please do not purchase tickets to the event if you are not reasonably certain you will be able to attend the event. Refunds are not available once the ticket is purchased.