BATTLE FOR THE STONES OFFICIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS
These are the Official Terms and Conditions (“Official Rules”) governing the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series brought worldwide by Capcom U.S.A., Inc. (“Capcom”)
Battle for the Stones Overview
The Battle for the Stones is a global series of competitive gaming tournaments featuring the latest fighting game from Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. The Battle for the Stones is comprised of (i) six (6) Infinity Stone Tournaments, and three (3) Online Qualifying Tournaments, culminating in the Battle for the Stones Finals (collectively, the “Battle for the Stones Tournament Series”). Players will be competing for one of the 16 total spots in the year-end Battle for the Stones Finals to decide the 2017 Battle for the Stones Grand Champion.
Battle for the Stones Qualification Details
The Battle for the Stones qualification spots are awarded based on the following priority order:
- The seven invited EVO Champions: Jay “Viscant” Snyder, Ryan “FChamp” Ramirez, Job “Flocker” Figueroa, Justin Wong, Nick “Kaneblueriver” Gonzalez, Chris “ChrisG” Gonzalez, Ryan “RyanLV” Romero;
- The highest placed eligible player from each Infinity Stone Tournament; and
- The highest placed eligible player from each Online Qualifying Tournament.
Players will not be eligible to win multiple qualification spots for the Battle for the Stones Finals. For example, an invited EVO Champion is automatically qualified for the Battle for the Stones Finals, and will not be eligible to obtain a qualifying spot through winning an Infinity Stone Tournament. Similarly, any players who have already qualified for the Battle for the Stones Finals by either winning an Infinity Stone Tournament or being an invited EVO Champion, will not be eligible to win a qualification spot via an Online Qualifying Tournament.
Battle for the Stones Tournament Series: The global series of competitive gaming tournaments, beginning on Sept 22, 2017, and concluding with the Battle for the Stones Finals in December 2017, which features the latest fighting game from Capcom, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and is comprised of (i) the Battle for the Stones Finals, (ii) six (6) Infinity Stone Tournaments, (iii) three (3) Online Qualifying Tournaments.
Battle for the Stones Finals: The final tournament of the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series to be held at the PlayStation Experience in December 2017. Players in the Battle for the Stones Finals shall be comprised of seven invited EVO Champions, the highest placed eligible player from six Infinity Stone Tournaments, and the highest placed eligible player from three Online Qualifying Tournaments.
Infinity Stone Tournament: A series of six (6) international, premier level tournaments for the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series. The highest eligible player will qualify for the Battle for the Stones Finals, and become the initial Stone Bearer for corresponding Infinity Stone, which can be used during the Battle for the Stones Finals. The six (6) Infinity Stone Tournaments will be held at the Tournaments set forth in Exhibit A.
Online Qualifying Tournament: A series of three (3) online tournaments. The highest eligible player will qualify for the Battle for the Stones Finals.
Infinity Stone: Six different non-physical items which will grant a player who possesses the stone the right to alter a tournament rule of the Battle for the Stones Finals. Infinity Stones will be awarded initially to the Winner of each Infinity Stone Tournaments, but not to the Winners of Online Qualifying Tournaments. If a Stone Bearer loses a Set during the Battle for the Stones Finals, the Infinity Stone(s) within the losing Stone Bearer’s possession will be transferred to the winner of the Set, who becomes the new Stone Bearer. The Infinity Stone is allowed to be used only once by the new Stone Bearer during the Battle for the Stones Finals. Each Infinity Stone has a different effect, and each Infinity Stone effect will be revealed at the corresponding Infinity Stone Tournament. Additional guidelines for Infinity Stone usage are set forth in Exhibit B.
Space Infinity Stone: The Infinity Stone awarded to the highest placing eligible player at SoCal Regional’s Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite – “Battle for the Stones” Tournament held in Anaheim, California. The Space Stone allows the Stone Bearer to swap their position in the bracket, and face a different opponent! The position must be in an equal place in the tournament. The Space Infinity Stone must be used before the start of the Stone Bearer’s Set, and may not affect the outcome of any Set that is already in progress.
Stone Bearer: a player who is currently in possession of and able use an Infinity Stone in the Battle for the Stones Finals.
Set: a series of 3 out of 5 games, or 2 out of 3 games
Tournament: Infinity Stone Tournament, Online Qualifying Tournament, Battle for the Stones Finals.
Tournament Game: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite for PS4.
Tournament Organizer: The entity responsible for organizing and hosting a Tournament
Tournament Entities: Capcom, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, agents and any entity involved in the implementation, execution, prizing and prize fulfillment of the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series, including but not limited to Tournament Organizers. For the purposes of these Official Rules, “Tournament Entities” shall include Marvel Entertainment LLC and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, and agents (collectively, “Marvel”); however, by participating, players acknowledge and agree that Marvel is in no way a sponsor, administrator, organizer, or prize provider of the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series.
Winner(s): The highest placing eligible player from six (6) Infinity Stone Tournaments, the highest placing eligible player from (3) Online Qualifying Tournaments. All references to Winner, if the Winner is a Minor (as defined in Section 9 below), shall include the Winnerʼs parent or legal guardian.
The Tournament Dates are set forth in Exhibit A (the “Tournament Dates”), with additional tournament dates to be added at Capcomʼs sole discretion.
All Tournaments will be conducted according to the Battle for the Stones Official Tournament Rules as set forth in Exhibit B (the “Tournament Rules”).
Six of the invited EVO Champions will be matched up against the six Stone Bearers, all chosen at random.
The remaining EVO Champion, and the winners of the three Online Qualifying Tournaments will be matched up at random.
Rules of Succession
In the event that an invited EVO Champion declines his automatic qualification for the Battle for the Stones Finals, this spot will not be replaced and will be forfeited. EVO Champions may not win an Infinity Stone from an Infinity Stone Tournament.
In the event that an Infinity Stone Tournament winner declines his qualification, the qualification shall be passed to the next eligible player from the corresponding Infinity Stone Tournament. In the event that an Online Qualifying Tournament winner declines his qualification, the qualification shall be passed to the next eligible player from the corresponding Online Qualifying Tournament.
In the event that the highest placing eligible player from an Infinity Stone Tournament is tied with another eligible player in the same tournament position, these two players will play a 3 out of 5 Set to determine who is qualified for the Battle for the Stones Finals and becomes the initial Stone Bearer for the corresponding Infinity Stone.
In the event that the highest placing eligible player from an Online Qualifying Tournament is tied with another eligible player in the same tournament position, these two players will play a 3 out of 5 Set to determine who is qualified for the Battle for the Stones Finals.
All Tournaments are open to all individuals 13 years old and older as of Sept 22, 2017. All players at least 13 years old, but under the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they live (a “Minor”) (i) must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to register for and participate in a Tournament, and (ii) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at each Tournament in which he or she participates.
All players eligible to participate in the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series will be referred to as “players.” All references to “player” shall include the playerʼs parent or legal guardian if the player is a Minor.
Employees, directors and officers, and their immediate families (spouses and siblings, parents and children and their spouses) of Capcom, Marvel, their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, agents and any entity involved in the implementation, execution, prizing and prize fulfillment of the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series are not eligible to participate in the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series.
The staff of a Tournament Organizer may participate in any other Tournament that is not organized by the Tournament Organizer but will not be allowed to participate in any Tournament organized by the Tournament Organizer.
How To Enter
Players can find information regarding each Tournament at the corresponding Tournament Organizer’s official website.
By participating in a Tournament, player hereby grants to Capcom permission to record, videotape and photograph the player (“Player Images”). All Player Images will be owned by Capcom. Player grants to Capcom, Marvel, and each of their designees, the right to use, edit, adapt, post, stream, copy, display, perform, transmit, broadcast, and otherwise exploit Player Images, including any names, likenesses, voice, conversation and any other attributes of the playerʼs personality and appearance, individually or with others, in whole or in part, alone or in conjunction with other material, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in perpetuity throughout the world, for the purpose of trade, advertising, promotion or any other lawful purpose whatsoever, without additional compensation, consideration, notification or permission, except where prohibited by law.
NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO REGISTRATION PROCESS FOR THE BATTLE FOR THE STONES FINALS.
Agreement to the Official Rules
By participating in a Tournament, player fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules, which incorporates the Tournament Rules (as set forth in Exhibit B), and the decisions of Tournament Organizer, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Tournament. Receipt of any prize is contingent upon the playerʼs compliance with all of these Official Rules.
Code of Conduct
All players are expected to maintain respect for one another and for all Tournament staff and spectators. Any player behaving inappropriately, or not competing in compliance with these Official Rules, may be immediately disqualified from a Tournament and forfeit all potential prizes. Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Swearing, screaming or threats
- Cheating of any sort through any means
- Intentionally delaying or slowing gameplay
- Intentionally disconnecting network cables
- Intentionally interrupting network connectivity
- Any other known or unknown manner of tampering with gameplay
- Any other type of conduct deemed inappropriate at Capcom’s sole discretion
Players agree to be bound by the decisions of Tournament Organizer, Capcom and anyone acting on Capcomʼs behalf, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Capcom and Tournament Organizer each reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the type, process, or operation of a Tournament, or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules. Capcom and Tournament Organizer each reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to ban infringing players from any future Capcom event if deemed necessary.
Capcom will not allow, and will not allow third parties, to display, advertise, or otherwise promote in any manner sponsorship, endorsement or other commercial affiliation with or by adult content sponsors, such as a publisher of pornographic websites, or companies that manufacture, sell, distribute or market alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or vaping (e-cigarette ), drugs, guns or other weapon on Capcom’s official media content or channels, such as event video streaming and social media, in connection with the Battle for the Stones.
Players further acknowledge and agree that Capcom and Tournament Organizer each reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to prohibit a player from displaying, advertising, or otherwise promoting in any manner sponsorships, endorsements or other commercial affiliation with or by any enterprise offering any products or services in the same market categories as any official commercial sponsorship advertiser of the Battle for the Stones; provided, however, that players may utilize in the Tournaments any fightstick of their choice.
CAUTION: ANY DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR EQUIPMENT, TAMPER WITH THE ENTRY PROCESS, OR OTHERWISE UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF A TOURNAMENT MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, CAPCOM AND TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER EACH RESERVES THE RIGHT TO COOPERATE IN THE PROSECUTION OF ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL(S) AND TO PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO IT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
- Infinity Stone Tournament Winners: The Battle for the Stones Tournament Series will not award a prize bonus for placements at Infinity Stone Tournaments, though a prize pool may be established and prizing may be awarded by the respective Tournament Organizer of each Infinity Stone Tournament.
- Online Qualifying Tournament Winners: The Battle for the Stones Tournament Series will not award a prize bonus for placements at Online Qualifying Tournaments.
Battle for the Stones Finals Winners: A prize pool of at minimum $30,000 will be shared among the top 3 placements at the Battle for the Stones Finals. Additional prizing will be awarded at Capcomʼs sole discretion.
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place $20,000 $7,500 $2,500
- In addition, all Winners shall receive from Capcom a Trip to the Battle for the Stones Finals. A “Trip” shall include: (i) one round trip coach class air transportation for the Winner, originating from an airport of Capcomʼs choice near the Winnerʼs primary residence, to the Battle for the Stones Finals to participate in the Battle for the Stones Finals in December 2017 (approximate retail value (“ARV”) ranging from $300 to $2,000; average ARV $890); (ii) two (2) nights hotel accommodations for the Winner, consisting of one (1) room, based on double occupancy (meals, telephone calls, tips, gratuities, and other incidentals and costs are not included) (ARV of $600); and (iii) round trip transportation between the airport and hotel (ARV of $100).
- Additionally, the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series shall also award every players who has accepted a spot in the Battle for the Stones Finals a $2,000 bonus.
- Each cash prize (a “Cash Prize”), Trip and/or other prizes awarded to a Winner, shall be collectively referred to as a “Prize” or “Prizes”.
- The ARV of any Prize is subject to change based on current market conditions at time of Prize fulfillment, the time of travel, and the distance between departure location and the PlayStation Experience location. Any difference between the ARVs and the actual values, if any, will not be awarded. Winner must possess valid travel documents to travel. Capcom reserves the right to substitute ground transportation in lieu of air transportation if the Winner resides within 100 miles of the Battle for the Stones Finals, and no substitution will be provided for any difference in ARV.
- Additional prizes may be added at Capcomʼs sole discretion. Additional prizing is not guaranteed. For updates on additional prizing, please see www.marvelvscapcominfinite.com.
General Prize Restrictions
Players are not eligible to win multiple Battle for the Stones qualification spots. The Battle for the Stones spots are awarded based on the following priority order: (i) the seven (7) invited Evo Champions, (ii) the six (6) highest placed eligible player from each Infinity Stone Tournament (subject to adjustment as provided in these Official Rules), and then (iii) the three (3) highest place eligible player from each Online Qualifying Tournament. Winners must be able to travel to the Battle for the Stones Finals during December 2017. Dates for travel are subject to change in Capcomʼs sole discretion. If the Winner is a Minor, he or she must be accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian under the same terms and conditions as the Winner. If a Winner is not available, able or willing to travel on the dates specified by Capcom, Winner privileges will be terminated, the Trip will be forfeited and the next eligible player shall be invited to participate in the Battle for the Stones Finals.
All costs and expenses not specifically listed in Section 13 above as part of the Prizes, including, without limitation to meals, snacks, beverages, mini-bar, entertainment, tips, gratuities, souvenirs, personal expenses, incidentals, damage to hotel rooms, baggage fees, travel insurance, departure taxes and fees, any equipment to be used in connection with the Prizes, and the like, are solely Winnerʼs responsibility. The Prizes are provided “as is”.
Capcom will determine the airline and hotel in its sole discretion. Winners under the age of majority must travel on the same itinerary as his or her parent or legal guardian. Travel restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. Travel arrangements are subject to availability and must be roundtrip. Tournament Entities shall not be responsible for any damage to baggage or any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any acts or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of the services and accommodations necessitated by same.
Player’s whose placement at Tournaments has resulted in the award of any prizes shall be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release, a Form W-9, Form W-8BEN, or such other applicable tax information form as disseminated by the Internal Revenue Service and any required payment information forms (“Winner Forms”) within five (5) business days of player’s determination of eligibility to receive an award in order to receive payment for Cash Prizes. If a player (or a minor player’s parent or legal guardian) fails or refuses to sign and return all the Winner Forms within five (5) business days of player’s determination of eligibility to receive an award, the player may be disqualified. In the event a player is disqualified, Capcom reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the affected Cash Prize to the player that last lost to the disqualified player. For Prizes that are not cash, within ten (10) business days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms, Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, shall deliver and/or ship to the player the applicable Prize(s). For Cash Prizes, Capcom will deliver to the player the applicable Cash Prize(s) within sixty (60) days of receiving an executed copy of the Winner Forms. Failure to take delivery of any Prize may result in forfeiture, and such prize may be awarded to an alternate player. Prizes may not be transferred or assigned until after a player has complied with all his or her obligations under these Official Rules. No cash or other substitutions may be made, except by Capcom (for Cash Prizes), who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if the intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by Capcom (as the case may be) in its sole discretion.
By participating in a Tournament, players acknowledge that Tournament Entities have not and will not obtain or provide insurance of any kind relating to the Prizes and that each player will be responsible for obtaining and paying for any life, travel, car, accident, property or other form of insurance relating to the Prize(s) won by him or her.
Players will be responsible for all taxes (including but not limited to federal, state, local and/or income) on any Prize won and on the value of any items or value transferred to the player by Capcom, or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, and will be required to provide his/her Social Security number, IRS Form W8BEN, IRS Form W9, or equivalent information for tax reporting purposes (as determined in Capcom‘s sole discretion, at a time to be determined in Capcom’s sole discretion, and which may be prior to participation in a particular Tournament or prior to receipt of any Prize by player). Capcom, or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, will file an IRS Form 1099 or equivalent tax withholding documentation with the Internal Revenue Service for the retail value of any Prize or other items of value transferred to the player by Capcom, or Tournament Organizer, in accordance with IRS requirements. Capcom, or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, may also share such documentation with a state or local government agency as required by law. Refusal or failure of a player to satisfy the requirements of all necessary and appropriate tax, withholding or other required compliance terms (including Social Security number, IRS Form W8BEN, IRS Form W9, or equivalent information), as determined by Capcom in its sole discretion, will result in the player forfeiting the Prize(s) and an alternate player being selected in accordance with these Official Rules. Capcom, or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, shall comply with all IRS withholding requirements applicable to Prizes awarded to non-U.S. residents at the time the Prizes are awarded. With respect to the Cash Prizes, Capcom will award Cash Prizes subject to any applicable withholding taxes, and the amount of the Cash Prize transferred, as reduced by any applicable withholding taxes, will constitute full payment of the Cash Prize. Winners who do not claim the Cash Prize, or satisfy the information or documentation requirements within six (6) months of the close of a Tournament or such earlier time as designated by Capcom, are void, and Capcom shall have no further liability or responsibility to such player(s) in connection with the Cash Prizes.
Limitations of Liability
CAPCOM, OR TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER, AS THE CASE MAY BE, HEREBY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS, WHETHER EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, WITH REGARD TO THE TOURNAMENT GAME SOFTWARE, EQUIPMENT, OPERATION OF THE TOURNAMENT, OR PRIZING, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, NONINFRINGEMENT, AND THEIR EQUIVALENTS, UNDER THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
Tournament Entities shall not be responsible for any of the following:
- incorrect or inaccurate information whether caused by users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in a Tournament or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of a playerʼs registration or gameplay;
- any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction, or unauthorized access which may result in alteration of gameplay or game results;
- any problems or technical malfunction of any network or lines, servers or providers, equipment, or software, including any injury or damage to player resulting from participation in a Tournament;
- injuries or losses to playerʼs person or property arising or resulting from participation in a Tournament;
- any acts or omissions by Tournament Entities or their employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the Tournament;
- any equipment or software malfunction; or
- the inability to complete a game due to any technical malfunction.
Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, and at its sole discretion, may require the replaying of any game, match, Tournament, or declare any of the foregoing null and void by reason of any technical or other system error. If for any reason a Tournament or any portion thereof is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, or any other causes beyond the control of Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Tournament or any portion thereof, Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Tournament or any portion thereof. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event that Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, determines, at its sole discretion, that any individual game, match, Tournament, has been tampered with or that the validity of any game, match, Tournament has been compromised for any reason, it may eliminate that game, match, and conduct the Tournament on the basis of the remaining game, match, Tournament. In the event that any individual is adversely affected in a game, match, Tournament by any technical or equipment malfunction, Capcom or Tournament Organizer, as the case may be, reserves the right to schedule special game, match, Tournament among any such competitors so adversely affected. In the event of any cancellation, termination, modification or suspension of the Tournament or any portion thereof, Capcom will post a notice http://www.marvelvscapcominfinite.com.
BY ENTERING AND PARTICIPATING IN A TOURNAMENT, PLAYERS AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, DEFEND, RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS CAPCOM, AND TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER, ALL TOURNAMENT ENTITIES, AND THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS, DAMAGES, EXPENSES, COSTS (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYSʼ FEES) AND LIABILITIES (INCLUDING SETTLEMENTS) FOR ANY INJURIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND, ARISING FROM OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE TOURNAMENT, ATTENDANCE AT ANY TOURNAMENT, OR ANY PRIZE, OR ANY OTHER MATTER OR ACTIVITY DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY RELATED TO THE TOURNAMENT, 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 TOURNAMENT.
By participating in the Tournament, players agree that (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with any Tournament or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in San Francisco County, California; (ii) any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering and participating in a Tournament, and in no event shall any player be entitled to recover attorneysʼ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will any player be permitted to and each player hereby waives all rights to claim or recover punitive, incidental, consequential and/or special damages or any other damages (other than out-of-pocket expenses) and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, playersʼ rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Capcom or Tournament Organizer in connection with the Tournament, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with California law without regard to choice of law or conflict of law rules.
The Tournament Organizer for each Tournament shall be the sponsor/administrator/organizer of its respective Tournament for the purposes of fulfilling all such sponsor/administrator/organizer obligations under any applicable contest law, including, but not limited to, disclosure obligations.
Capcom reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to revise, update, change, modify, add to, supplement, or delete certain terms of the Official Rules for any reason. Such changes will be effective with or without prior notice. The most current version of the Official Rules is posted at www.marvelvscapcominfinite.com.
BATTLE FOR THE STONES
Infinity Stone Tournaments:
Space Infinity Stone: Socal Regionals, Anaheim, CA, Sept 22-24
Mind Stone Tournament: Canada Cup, Toronto, Canada, Oct 26-29
Reality Stone Tournament: Latin America Finals, Sao Paulo, Brazil Nov 2-4
Time Stone Tournament: South East Asia Majors, Singapore, Oct 13-15
Soul Stone Tournament: Milan Games Week, Milan, Italy, Sep 29-Oct 1
Power Stone Tournament: Red Bull Proving Grounds, Chicago, IL, Oct 21
Online Qualifying Tournaments:
North America Online Qualifying Tournament: To be announced
Europe Online Qualifying Tournament: To be announced
Latin America Online Qualifying Tournament: To be announced
Battle for the Stones Finals: PlayStation Experience, Anaheim, CA, Dec 9-10
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE BATTLE FOR THE STONES
OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT RULES
These are the Battle for the Stones Official Tournament Rules (“Tournament Rules”) governing Infinity Stone Tournaments, Online Qualifying Tournaments, and the Battle for the Stones Finals. Capitalized terms used in these Tournament Rules shall have the same meaning as set forth in the Official Rules.
Each of Infinity Stone Tournaments, Online Qualifying Tournaments, and the Battle for the Stones Finals will be conducted according to the tournament rules stated below.
General Tournament Rules
Players are not eligible to win multiple Battle for the Stones Finals spots. The Battle for the Stones spots are awarded based on the following priority order: (i) invitation of seven (7) former EVO Champions, (ii) the six (6) highest placing eligible players from each Infinity Stone Tournament, and (iii) the three (3)highest placing eligible players from each Online Qualifying Tournament, subject to adjustment pursuant to the Official Rules.
Tournament General Rules
- Tournament Game: The Capcom video game entitled “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” for PS4 and (i) all updates, patches, and stages released as of the date of the Tournament and (ii) character packs released at least seven (7) days prior to the commencement date of the Tournament.
- Game Settings: Versus, 99 seconds
- Infinity Stone Tournaments: Double Elimination Bracket. 2/3 games until top 8, which is 3/5 games;
- Online Qualifying Tournaments: Double Elimination Bracket. 2/3 games until top 8, which is 3/5 games;
- Players may not use any glitch or bug that prevents the game from being played, including but not limited to bugs causing the game to freeze, reset, remove character from play zone or similar results.
- The Spider-Man infinite loop in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite has been a topic of debate in the community and, after careful consideration, we have come to a conclusion regarding its use in the “Battle for the Stones” tournaments series:
- Going forward, the Spider-Man infinite loop will be “soft-banned,” meaning a player must end the loop after a third cycle. If a player executes the loop beyond the third cycle, they will automatically forfeit the match.
- The current infinite loop is an unintended effect that circumvents the gameplay mechanics. While we understand the positions on both sides of the debate, we feel this is the best decision for the “Battle for the Stones” tournament series. In the future, we will treat any situations like this on a case by case basis.
Infinity Stone Usage Guidelines
- Infinity Stones have special functions only during the Battle for the Stones Finals.
- Infinity Stone ability will be revealed at each corresponding Infinity Stone Tournament.
- Infinity Stones may be used only once by each Stone Bearer during the Battle for the Stones Finals. Once the Infinity Stone is used, it may not be used again by the same Stone Bearer for the remainder of the Battle for the Stones Finals.
- A player could possess multiple Infinity Stones but may use only one Infinity Stone during a single Set.
- The effect of an Infinity Stone will last only for one Game out of a single Set. The Stone Bearer can decide the Game for which he or she would like to use an Infinity Stone during a Set so long as he or she decides prior to a Game, excepting only the Space Stone, which must be used prior to a Set.
- If a Stone Bearer loses a Set during the Battle for the Stones Finals without using his or her Infinity Stone, the Infinity Stone(s) within losing Stone Bearer’s possession is (are) transferred to the winner of the Set, who becomes the new Stone Bearer.
Tournament Set Play Rules
- Choosing Sides: When both players are at the game console, they must come to an agreement which side of the machine they will play on (who will sit on 1p and who will sit on 2p). If an agreement cannot be reached, a game of rock-paper-scissors will determine who gets to pick their side.
Choosing Teams: There are 3 methods for choosing teams: Standard Selection, Double Blind Selection, and Side and Characters Courtesy. If the players do not discuss the method of team selection, it should be understood that the Standard method is being used. If the players cannot come to an agreement on the method of team selection, the judge will apply the double blind method.
- Standard Selection: Both players choose their teams whenever they want. This is a free for all. Players pick who they want and go. Once either player chooses their teams, neither is allowed to request that the Double Blind Selection method be used.
- Double Blind Selection: Either player must explicitly ask for the Double Blind Selection method before either player chooses ateam. When a player request Double Blind, the player on the left side (1p) decides which team they will choose and whispers his or her selection to the Tournament Organizer. The Tournament Organizer then signals the player on the right (2p) to pick his or her team. Once the player on the right (2p) has finished, the Tournament Organizer makes sure the player on the left (1p) sticks to his or her original choice.
- Side and Character Courtesy: As a courtesy, the player who received his or her choice of which side to play on (1p vs 2p) can elect to choose his or her team first. This is strictly a courtesy. A player is in no way required to do so.
Playing the Set: Once sides and teams have been chosen, the players should begin the first Game in the Set. The following rules go into effect once a Game ends:
- The Set is over when either player wins the required number of games.
- Once a player has won the required number of games, the winner of the Set should report the result to the Tournament Organizer.
- The player who won the game does not have the option of switching sides. He or she must stay on the same side if the loser does not want to switch.
- The player who won the last Game is required to keep the same team.
- The player who lost the last Game is allowed to choose whatever they wish.
Reporting Rule Violations: At some point during the tournament, a player may violate either the tournament rules or the rules for a particular game in a tournament. The following rules apply toward rectifying rule violations.
- It is the responsibly of the players in the Set to detect all Set Rule violations and report them to the Tournament Organizer immediately.
- All non-gameplay rule violations must be reported to the Tournament Organizer before the Game starts (e.g. the winner switching the team after winning one Game in a Set).
- Players are not allowed to stop a Game in progress to address a non-gameplay related rule violation. Stopping a Game in progress to report a non-gameplay rule violation will result in the forfeiture the round on the part of the person stopping the game.
- The only time a player is allowed to stop a Game to report a rule violation is when that violation occurs during the middle of the Set.
- Stopping a Game in progress to erroneously report a rule violation automatically results in the forfeiture of the round by the player who stopped the game.
- Rule violations must be reported at the time they occur. Otherwise, they will be ignored.
- A Tournament Organizer is allowed to report any rule violations on behalf of a player.
- If a Tournament Organizer stops a game to mis-report a rule violation, the Game is replayed with both players picking the same teams, order, and side. No one is disqualified.
- The only people allowed to stop a Game to report a violation are the Tournament Organizer and the players.
- If a player accidentally or intentionally stops his or her game for any other reason, he or she will be forced to forfeit the round. Examples include accidentally pressing the start button on his or her controller to pause a Game, unplugging his or her opponent’s joystick, etc. If the game cannot be restarted from the exact point of interruption, the player is forced to forfeit the Game.
- Set interruptions beyond the players control (e.g. the game crashes or freezes) will be dealt with directly by the Tournament Organizer. All best attempts will be made to resume the round from where it left off. If that cannot be accomplished, the Game will be replayed with both players picking the same team and modes.
Reporting 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 Set, 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 player has the option to stop the Game in progress to obtain a replacement.
- If a Game is stopped in progress, the reporting player must forfeit the current round.
- New equipment must be immediately available. If replacement equipment cannot be obtained in a timely manner, the player must continue to play on their current equipment or forfeit the Set.
- Once replacement equipment is obtained, the player is given the rest of the round to configure their buttons and test the new equipment. If the player gains an undue advantage by doing so (e.g. charging an abundance of Hyper Combo meter), they must forfeit the Game.
- A player may opt to switch out equipment between Games at no penalty. When this occurs, the player will be given ample time to configure his or her buttons before the next Game begins.
- There will be no ties in any tournament. Anyone refusing to play any Set (including the finals) will be disqualified and forfeit all rights to any titles or prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.
- A draw match as determined by the game must be replayed, unless the game awards the draw to a player.
- Inevitable Defeat rule is in effect. This is defined as when a player has legally won the Game or Set (i.e. landed a move that will kill the opponent) but pauses the game before the game awards the round won icon, will still be awarded the win. The most common occurrence of this rule is when Player 1 lands a Hyper Combo on Player 2, but the Hyper Combo animation is a grab and the damage isnʼt awarded till the final hit connects, but the opponent has legally lost the round. If there is a dispute over whether the move would have knocked out the other player, a tournament official will unpause the Game, see the result of the action, and proceed from there. If the attack does not kill the opponent, then the mid game pause rules are in effect.
- Collusion of any kind with your competitors is considered cheating. If the Tournament Organizer determines that any competitor is colluding to manipulate the results or intentionally underperforming, the collaborating players may be immediately disqualified. This determination is to be made at the sole discretion of the Tournament Director. Anyone disqualified in this manner forfeits all rights to any titles or prizes they might have otherwise earned for that tournament.
- Tournament Organizer has a zero tolerance policy toward violence, threats of violence, and any other forms of threats or intimidation. Any threat of violence, extreme intimidation, or violence of any kind will result in an immediate and lifetime ban.
- All forms and manner of gambling in relation to the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series is strictly prohibited. Any player that gambles in connection with the Battle for the Stones Tournament Series will be immediately ejected from the Tournament, and may be banned from all future Capcom eSports events.
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 Tournament Organizer reserves the right to change any of the tournament rules or remove any player at any time, for any reason, at their sole discretion.
Online Tournament General Rules
- A player must have a minimum of 3Mbps upload speed.
- A player must have a Smash.GG account at https://smash.gg/
- A player must reside where PSN is available.
- A player must have a PSN account.
- Only one PSN account per player is allowed to compete in the tournament.
- Wireless (WiFi) connections are prohibited.
- Use of macros, turbos, or any peripheral which tampers with standard game functionality is prohibited.
If Players cannot connect to each other, the following rules apply:
- The player with the least amount of games lost automatically moves forward. In case of a tie, Rule 2 will be implemented.
- Both players are sent to the loser’s bracket if they cannot connect to each other and are tied in least amount of games lost.
- If there is any dispute arising from an Online Qualifying Tournament, players must submit a screenshot or share video footage to Level Up LLC, the administrator of online Regional Ranking Events (“Administrator”) for review.
- Administrator will resolve disputes on a case by case basis.
- No shows and or late arrivals will be sent to the loser’s bracket and eventually disqualified if the issue persists.
- Players are subject to disqualification in case of foul play or any hindrance to the tournament at Administrator’s discretion.
Online Event Set Play Rules
- Double elimination
- 99 seconds
- Best 2 out of 3 games for pool group play
- Best 3 out of 5 games for top 8 finals
- Winner must keep the same team and loser can switch to any team