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EA SPORTS FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES

EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES

Official Rules

 

1. Overview

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

 

The EA SPORTS FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES (“FGS” or “Competition”) is sponsored by Electronic Arts Inc. (“EA” or “Sponsor”), 209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA  94065, United States.  If any third party assumes legal risk and liability for a tournament associated with this Competition, then they are considered “Sponsor” and will determine their own terms and conditions for participation.

The FGS is a video game competition conducted using EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Ultimate Team mode (“FIFA 18”) for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles (“Supported Platforms”).  The FGS will have a separate Competition for each Supported Platform (“Xbox Division” and “PlayStation Division” or “Divisions”).

Participants must register at www.futchampions.com to be considered for eligibility for the Competition.  Participants who meet the eligibility requirements in the Player Eligibility section below (individually a “Player” or Competitor” or “Participant”) must also (1) own or have access to FIFA 18 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4; (2) have a valid Gamertag or PSN ID; (3) have agreed to EA’s Privacy and Cookie Policy and User Agreement; (4) have registered their valid EA Account for eligibility by the deadline set in Section 2.1; and (5) be residents of an applicable jurisdiction as outlined in Appendix B.

 

2. Player Eligibility

2.1 Registration and Acceptance of Official Rules

Player must register with their valid EA Account and accept the FIFA 18 Global Series Official Rules at www.futchampions.com to be considered for eligibility for qualification within the FUT Champions qualifying periods.   

Player must register and accept the FGS Official Rules once before the Monthly Leaderboard Registration End dates listed below.  Once a Player has registered, they are considered for eligibility for the subsequent months until the end of FGS Playoffs.   

Monthly Leaderboard Registration End Dates
FUT CHAMPIONS CUP #1 (Official name TBD)11:59 PM PST on November 30, 2017
FUT CHAMPIONS Cup #2 (Official name TBD)11:59 PM PST on February 28, 2018
FGS Last Chance Qualifier (for FGS Playoffs)11:59 PM PST on April 30, 2018

Monthly Leaderboard Registration End Dates FUT CHAMPIONS CUP #1 (Official name TBD)11:59 PM PST on November 30, 2017 FUT CHAMPIONS Cup #2 (Official name TBD)11:59 PM PST on February 28, 2018 FGS Last Chance Qualifier (for FGS Playoffs)11:59 PM PST on April 30, 2018

Players who are considered for qualification into the FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES Playoffs through Sanctioned Live Events will be invited and sent the Official Rules for review and acceptance no later 11:59 PM PDT on May 31, 2018.

2.2 Age

Players must be at least 16 years old by the date of the Live Event that they qualify for as listed below and at least the minimum age needed to have a full (not underage) EA account in their given territory to be eligible for the FGS.  All Players under the age of 18 who attend Live Events must have Player’s parent, legal guardian, or parents/guardians (as required by law) accompany them and consent to the rules on their behalf. 

Deadline at which a player must have turned 16 and at least the minimum age needed to have a full EA account in their territory to be eligible for the Live Event
FUT CHAMPIONS CUP #1 (Official name TBD)January 1, 2018
FUT CHAMPIONS Cup #2 (Official name TBD)April 1, 2018
FGS PlayoffsMay 15, 2018

2.3 Residency Requirement

Participants may be required to provide proof of residency to determine their eligibility in the FGS.

All invited Participants will be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility to Travel, as well as to certify their residency by providing two forms of identification or proof of residency, such as:

  • Government-Issued Documentation: Identification such as a passport, driver’s license, identification card, or work visa with a name and address.
  • Utility Bill: Recent invoice from a utility (energy, telephone, or cable) company with a name and address.

 

The list of eligible countries game can be found in Appendix B: Countries

2.4 Employees & Conflicts of Interest

Employees of Electronic Arts Inc. and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, representatives, advertising, promotion and publicity agencies (“Sponsor and its agents”), FIFA and the immediate family members or persons living in the same household of such employee are not eligible to participate in the Competition.

3. Competition Structure

Qualification for the EA SPORTS FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES may be a combination of online in-game play using the FUT Champions game mode (“Online Qualification”) and, possibly, Live Events.

The Live Events that make up the FGS are:

  • EA-Sanctioned qualification events that are sponsored by a third party (“Sanctioned Qualifiers”) that are approved by Sponsor at its sole discretion. Including:
    • FGS Official League Partner Licensed Qualifying Competitions
    • FIFA Online 3 or its subsequent sequels Licensed Qualifying Competition
    • FGS Licensed Qualifying Competitions
  • EA SPORTS FIFA 18 ULTIMATE TEAM CHAMPIONS CUPS (hereafter “FUT Champions Cups”)
  • FIFA18 GLOBAL SERIES PLAYOFFS (hereafter “Playoffs”)

Online Qualification through FUT Champions may place Competitors into the FUT Champions Cups. FUT Champions Cups, Last Chance Online Qualification and EA-Sanctioned Qualifiers will place players into the Playoffs.

If any third party assumes legal risk and liability for a Live Event tournament associated with this Competition, then they are considered “Sponsor” and will determine their own terms and conditions for participation.

3.1 Online Qualification

The FUT Champions portion of the qualification process takes place over two separate one-month-long periods. Online Qualification for the Competition is scheduled to begin on or about November 1, 2017 (EA reserves the right to amend this start date in its sole discretion). For the avoidance of doubt, any progress in-game in FUT Champions by Players prior to November 1, 2017 shall not contribute to the Leaderboard placement for eligibility for the FGS Online Qualification.

The exact timings and further details for the FGS and its online qualification periods will be communicated on the official FUT Champions site (www.futchampions.com).

Players may compete in Online Qualification on both platforms (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) using a single PSN account on the PlayStation 4 and a single Xbox account on the Xbox One. The PSN account and Xbox account for the respective platform may share a single EA account. If a Player attempts qualification on both platforms, the highest placed eligible account will dictate the platform of qualification to the FUT Champions Cups. Using the FUT Champions mode within FIFA 18 on Supported Platforms and by completing and winning any associated Daily Knockout Tournament during the week, Participants can earn entry into each FUT Champions Weekend League competition. Participants may also earn entry into each FUT Champions Weekend League competition using the Online Seasons mode on Supported Platforms by reaching a defined Division within the mode. Sponsor reserves the right to qualify or disqualify Participants into each Weekend League via any or additional means at its sole discretion. Each Weekend League competition results in a Weekly Leaderboard which is based on the number of wins a player earns with tiebreakers determined by Skill Rating, a GLICKO 2 Rating System (“Skill Rating”). Sponsor in its sole discretion, may extend or cancel any FUT Champions Weekend League competition and Online Qualification periods. Sponsor does not guarantee that all players will be able to play in all FUT Champions Weekend League competitions for any purpose, such as online qualification into Live Events or otherwise.

The Weekly Leaderboards are aggregated into a Monthly Leaderboard with all the weekends in a given month combined. A full calendar of the Weekend Leagues and the corresponding Monthly Leaderboards is below. As in the Weekly Leaderboards, Skill Rating is used to determine tiebreakers.

 

FUT Champions Cup 1November 2017Weekend 1: November 4 & 5
  Weekend 2: November 11 & 12
  Weekend 3: November 18 & 19
  Weekend 4: November 25 & 26
FUT Champions Cup 2February 2018Weekend 1: February 3 & 4
  Weekend 2: February 10 & 11
  Weekend 3: February 17 & 18
  Weekend 4: February 24 & 25

 

All matches within the FUT Champions mode are to be played using the default match settings, with the squads meeting the minimum requirements posted in game.   

Periodically, the Global Leaderboard and match data is audited for malicious behavior and cheating. Any Player may be disqualified immediately from the FGS and further competitions, at the discretion of Sponsor or its designees, for any reason, including for any failure to comply with the EA User Agreement, Privacy & Cookie Policy, or Code of Conduct, which may include but is not limited to: 

  1. using any cheats, hacks or other third party "helper" applications in playing games;
  2. intentionally disconnecting from the Internet during any game;
  3. colluding with other players in playing games;
  4. taking advantage of known exploits in the game (it is the responsibility of players to understand and avoid all current illegal exploits); or
  5. selectively matching up against the same opponent repeatedly.

Abusive or disorderly behavior, including any use of harassing, negative, or profane language online, will not be tolerated and will also constitute grounds for immediate disqualification.

EA reserves the right to disqualify any player at its sole discretion. 

After the audit is complete, at minimum, the top 64 eligible Players from the Global Leaderboard will be invited for the associated FUT Champions Cup (each a “Qualified Player” and “FUT Champions Cup Finalist”). Invited Player will be contacted and sent the Declaration of Eligibility to Travel at the email address that they provided EA upon registration for the FGS. The Declaration of Eligibility to Travel and any associated documentation requested must be sent back to EA within seven (7) calendar days to accept the invitation and confirm their attendance.

If the form is undeliverable, or if an Invited Player is contacted but fails to sign and/or return the Declaration within the allotted time period, refuses the invite, is ineligible to receive the invite, or is disqualified or forfeited for any reason and deemed ineligible, EA reserves the right to invite the next highest ranked eligible Qualified Player from the Global Leaderboard.

 

3.2 FUT Champions Cups 

Online Qualification through FUT Champions may place Competitors into the FUT Champions Cups. Sponsor will host two official FUT Champions Cups. The exact timings and further details for the FUT Champions Cups will be communicated on the official FUT Champions site (www.futchampions.com).  Players will qualify and will be invited to the FUT Champions Cups based on their performance in the FUT Champions Weekend league during the qualifying months. 

  • FUT Champions Cup 1 Event qualification is based on the November FUT Champions Monthly Leaderboards, consisting of results from the Weekend League in November.
  • FUT Champions Cup 2 Event qualification is based on the February FUT Champions Monthly Leaderboards, consisting of results from the Weekend League in February.

Each FUT Champions Cup will have 128 seats for players: 64 seats for the Xbox Division and 64 seats for the PlayStation division. The top 64 eligible players from the Global Leaderboard for each Division leaderboard may qualify.

In the event there are open seats in the FUT Champions Cups, Sponsor reserves the right to select and invite additional eligible Qualified Players to participate in the FUT Champions Cups or play the FUT Champions Cups with less than 64 players on either platform.

After the 128 Qualified Players have been confirmed, EA will publicly announce the Qualified Players on the official FUT Champions site (www.futchampions.com).


3.3 FUT CHAMPIONS LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER

The FIFA 18 GLOBAL SERIES Playoffs will have a minimum of 3 seats from each platform dedicated to the FUT Champions Last Chance Qualifiers. 

FUT Champions Last Chance Qualifier is based on a week-long FUT Champions Global Leaderboard, consisting of results from the first FUT Champions Weekend League in May. 

At minimum, the top 3 eligible, qualified Players from each platform from the Global Leaderboard for the first FUT Champions Weekend League in May, will be invited to the Playoffs.  In the event a player is already invited to either of the FGS Playoffs, the spot will be forfeited and the next eligible, qualified Player will be invited.    

Players may compete in Online Qualification on both platforms (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) using a single PSN account on the PlayStation 4 and a single Xbox account on the Xbox One. The PSN account and Xbox account for the respective platform may share a single EA account. If a Player attempts qualification on both platforms, the highest placed eligible account will dictate the platform of qualification to the FUT Champions Cups. Using the FUT Champions mode within FIFA 18 on Supported Platforms and by completing and winning any associated Daily Knockout Tournament during the week, Participants can earn entry into each FUT Champions Weekend League competition. Participants may also earn entry into each FUT Champions Weekend League competition using the Online Seasons mode on Supported Platforms by reaching a defined Division within the mode. EA reserves the right to qualify or disqualify Participants into the first Weekend League via any or additional means at its sole discretion. Each Weekend League competition results in a Weekly Leaderboard which is based on the number of wins a player earns with tiebreakers determined by Skill Rating. Sponsor in its sole discretion, may extend or cancel any FUT Champions Weekend League competition and Online Qualification periods. Sponsor does not guarantee that all players will be able to play in all FUT Champions Weekend League competitions for any purpose, such as online qualification into Live Events or otherwise.

 

PlayoffsMay-18Weekend 1: May 6 & 7


All matches within the FUT Champions mode are to be played using the default match settings, with the squads meeting the minimum requirements posted in game.   

Periodically, the leaderboard and match data is audited for malicious behavior and cheating.  Any Player may be disqualified immediately from the FGS and further competitions, at the discretion of Sponsor or its designees, for any reason, including for any failure to comply with the EA User Agreement, Privacy & Cookie Policy, Code of Conduct, which may include but is not limited to: 

  • using any cheats, hacks or other third party "helper" applications in playing games;
  • intentionally disconnecting from the Internet during any game;
  • colluding with other players in playing games;
  • taking advantage of known exploits in the game (it is the responsibility of players to understand and avoid all current illegal exploits); or
  • selectively matching up against the same opponent repeatedly.

Abusive or disorderly behavior, including any use of harassing, negative, or profane language online, will not be tolerated and will also constitute grounds for immediate disqualification.

EA reserves the right to disqualify any player at its sole discretion. 

After the audit is complete, at minimum the top 3 eligible Players from the Global Leaderboard from each Division who qualify will be invited to the Playoffs. Qualified Player will be contacted and sent the Declaration of Eligibility to Travel at the email address that they provided EA upon registration for the FGS. The Declaration of Eligibility to Travel and any associated documentation requested must be sent back to EA within 7 calendar days to accept the invitation and confirm their attendance.

If the form is undeliverable, or if a Qualified Player is contacted but fails to sign and/or return the Declaration within the allotted time period, refuses the invite, is ineligible to receive the invite, or is disqualified or forfeited for any reason and deemed ineligible, EA reserves the right to invite the next highest ranked eligible Qualified Player from the Global Leaderboard and Supported Platform.

After the minimum of 3 Qualified Players for each platform have been confirmed, EA will publicly announce the Qualified Players on the official FUT Champions site (www.futchampions.com).

 

3.4 Double Qualification 

Competitors will only receive a single invite to the FGS Playoffs from the first event that will make them eligible to be invited to the FGS Playoffs.  The following rules govern qualification transference: 

  • FUT Champions Cups – At minimum, the top 8 from each platform from each of the FUT Champions Cups are eligible to be invited to the Playoffs. If a player in a qualifying position is already invited for the Playoffs, the open qualification spot(s) may transfer to the FUT Champions Last Chance Qualifier. 
  • 3rd Party Sanctioned Qualifier - In the event that the competitor(s) of a Licensed Qualifying Competition finish in a position that is eligible to be invited to the FGS Playoffs but are already invited to the Playoffs, the invitation may transfer to the next highest place Player(s) in that tournament that is not already invited to the Playoffs and is eligible to participate in the Playoffs. The following specific rules dictate the transfer of a qualification position:
    • If the 3rd party sanctioned qualifying competition event has been awarded a single seat in a Playoff, the next highest placing Competitor who is not already invited to either Playoff and is eligible to compete in the Playoffs will be invited to the Playoffs
    • If the 3rd party sanctioned qualifying competition event has been awarded two slots in the Playoffs, one for each Platform, the invitation will transfer to the next highest finishing Player in the tournament. If the tournament was run as two separate divisions, the next highest finishing Player in the division of the Player who is not eligible or already qualified will be invited to the Playoffs. If it was run as one combined console division tournament, it will transfer to the next highest finishing Player who is not invited to either Playoffs and is eligible to compete in the Playoffs, but they will play on the platform the original person who was not eligible or already invited would have competed on. 
    • In the event of a tie-breaker, the third party sanctioned qualifiers tournament rules will be used to break the tie.

 

3.5 FIFA Global Series Playoffs

The FIFA Global Series Playoffs (“Playoffs”) will be two distinct events, one for Xbox One and one for PlayStation 4, that will take place at separate times. Each Playoff will have a minimum of 64 seats for Competitors who are invited through FUT Champions Cups, Sanctioned Qualifiers and FUT Champions Last Chance Qualifier. Players are not allowed to compete in both Playoffs. In the event a Player has qualified for both Division Playoffs, they will be required to choose which Division Playoff they would rather participate in within 3 business days of qualifying for the second Playoff. 

The estimated breakdown of seats for each playoff is:

  • Minimum of 8 seats from the FUT Champions Cup 1
  • Minimum of 8 seats from the FUT Champions Cup 2
  • Minimum of 3 seats for FUT Champions Last Chance Qualifier 
  • Estimation of 45 seats from Sanctioned Qualifiers, with an estimated as follows: 
    • 10 seats for Partner League Sanctioned Qualifiers
    • 3 seats from FIFA Online Sanctioned Qualifiers
    • 30 seats from Third Party Sanctioned Qualifiers 
    • 2 Seats from the FIFA eClub World Cup Sanctioned Qualifier


3.6 FIFA eWorld Cup 2018

The top 16 Players from each Playoff may be eligible to be invited to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018 Grand Finals tournament, which is sponsored by FIFA. FIFA will provide their own terms and conditions for participation.

3.7 Travel to the Live Events

Sponsor will provide travel accommodations at its cost for the advancing Competitors to the Live Events, with Sponsor’s sole discretion as to airlines, hotel and related transfers. 

Competitors must sign a Declaration of Eligibility to Travel prior to accepting travel accommodations to the Live Events. Declaration of Eligibility to travel will be provided to Competitor at the email address associated with their EA Account. If a Competitor does not complete the Declaration of Eligibility to Travel within seven (7) calendar days of attempted notification, fails to sign and/or return the Declaration of Eligibility to Travel within the required time period, refuses travel, is ineligible to accept travel, or is unavailable to travel between dates of the Live Events, the Competitor forfeits travel accommodations as well as their place in the Competition.

If a Competitor is a minor in his or her state, country or providence of residence, the Competitor’s parent or legal guardian will be required to sign all necessary documents to accept travel and must accompany the Competitor to the Live Events. In these instances, travel accommodations will include an additional airfare for one (1) parent or legal guardian Competitor and parent/legal guardian must travel together on the same itinerary and will share hotel accommodations.

Receiving travel accommodations is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules. In the event that a Competitor is disqualified or travel is forfeited for any reason, Sponsor will award that Competitor’s travel and accommodations to an alternate Player who will assume that Competitor’s spot according the entry format described in Section 3 of these Official Rules.

Incidentals for travel, including, without limitation: telephone calls, facsimile charges, Internet charges, spa/beauty salon services, laundry, tours/excursions, gift shop purchases, hotel processing fees, airline service charges and any other expenses not mentioned in these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of the Competitor and his or her guest, and the Competitor may be asked to reserve for any such incidental charges by providing the applicable hotel with a credit card. Hotel and airfare cannot be used separately. Travel and accommodations are subject to availability and certain restrictions. Any extra nights stay and any additional costs associated with an extended stay are the sole responsibility of the Competitor and his or her guest. Additional restrictions may apply.  

4. Live Events: Match Rules & Tournament Format

4.1 Match Rules

All FUT Champions Cups and FGS Live Events are played using the FIFA Ultimate Team Friendly Seasons mode on a version of FIFA18 provided by the Sponsor. Details about FIFA Ultimate Team Friendly Seasons mode can be found in Section 4.2 Pre-Match Setup.

 

Additional rules that apply to all Live Events matches:

  • Unless express permission has been given by EA, no coaching is allowed (for example, people in the audience may not advise a Player while playing).
  • Players are not allowed to plug any devices into the console.
  • Players are allowed to wear headsets if they are approved before the tournament commences by a tournament official.
  • All videogame consoles and televisions are supplied by EA.
  • 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 not present at the designated start time for any match will be disqualified, and their opponent shall be granted a 3-0 score.
  • 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 above under Section 4.3 “Gameplay Settings”. Custom lineups cannot be used, nor can anything else that is not available in the in-game pause menu.
  • In all situations possible, tournament referees will monitor the game situation so that it may be restored in the event of game interruptions.
    • Example: A player disconnects at the 50th The score of the game was 2-1. Sponsor instructs the game to resume in 1st half with the implied score to be 2-1 and the implied half to be the 2nd. The competitors will play until halftime to determine the winner.
  • 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. The referee will address the issue, if they feel the referee hasn’t addressed the issue properly, they may request the head referee also address the issue.  Rulings by the head referee and tournament Sponsor are binding.

4.1.1 Game Interruptions and Pauses:

  • Each Player is allowed to pause the game up to five times. If a Player pauses the game, it must be to make a tactical change to their squad, which can include substitutions, formation changes, or tactic adjustments.
  • Players are only allowed to pause the game when the ball is not in play, meaning it has left the field of play or a foul has been committed and it’s a dead ball situation, or if the Player holds possession of their ball in their half of the field.
  • If a game is paused or interrupted intentionally while the ball is in play by any Player, EA 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 the Sponsor.
  • Notwithstanding the above, a Player can pause the game to change strategy and/or formation in the event that i) a player of his team is sent off ii) a player of his team is injured.

4.1.2 Referees:

  • Referees will be on-site to monitor all game play. Referees will begin play, and will record scores for each game.
  • Referees will begin players when to begin play before kick-off and after half-time.
  • Referees will be clearly identified by a special ID tag or badge as indicated by EA.
  • The decision of a referee is final and binding.

4.2 Pre-Match Setup

The game mode to be used is FIFA Ultimate Team Friendly Seasons.  

Squad building requirements for the Competition matches may vary at the discretion of EA and will be announced one week prior to the start of each Live Event.

4.2.1 Account Use and Squad Creation

Competitors will use accounts provided by EA for their sole use at the tournament. Competitors will receive limited log-in details for the accounts for use at the tournament only.  Players sharing account details with the public will be disqualified. The accounts are the sole property of EA and are not to be used for personal use by any individual, including Competitors.

Competitors will have an opportunity to set their squad of 11 starting players: 7 bench players and 5 reserve players. 

4.2.2 Consumable Restrictions

Competitors will be limited in which consumables they can use for their squad.  Changes to consumables restrictions may be announced one week prior to the start of each Live Event.

Competitors will be allowed to use the following consumable types

  • Contract Consumables
  • Position Change Consumables
  • Healing Consumables
  • Chemistry Style Consumables
  • Manager League Consumables
  • Fitness Consumables

Competitors will not be allowed to use the following consumable types:

  • Training Consumables

4.3 Gameplay Settings

The below match rules apply to every match in the Live Events. Some of these rules are defined by the game mode, FIFA Ultimate Team Friendly Seasons, and some are user definable. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these settings at any time for any reason.

  • Difficulty Level: World Class
  • Half Length: 6 minutes
  • Specific Controller Setting Exceptions: Legacy Defense prohibited
  • Commentary Volume: 0
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Time/Score display: On
  • Camera: Tele Broadcast
  • Radar: 2D
  • HUD: Indicator
  • Custom tactics are allowed
  • Custom formations are disallowed
  • Extra Time:
    • In Group Play: No Extra Time
    • In Bracket Play: Extra Time rules as follows: extra time of two (2) minute halves will be played in the event of a draw after regulation time. Penalties will decide the winner if after extra time the scores are level.
    • In the Playoffs: Another match will be played with golden-goal rules in effect and the match stopped after the first goal determines the winner.
  • Custom formations are not permitted. Custom tactics and set pieces are available, however, EA can decide to turn them off at any point in its absolute discretion.

4.4. Glitches

Any attempt to glitch the game in order to gain an advantage is prohibited.

Procedure After a Glitch Penalty: In the event that Sponsor determines that an action, goal, move, penalty or any other in-game action was caused by an unauthorized glitch, Sponsor will decide in its sole discretion to return the game to a fair state depending on the result of the play.  

In the event of a major outage effecting any infrastructure required for gameplay in the designated mode, EA reserves the right to change the format in which the tournament is played.

5. PRIZES

5.1 Live Event Prizes

FUT Champions Cups Prizes

Each Live Event will have two separate divisions: the Xbox One Division and PlayStation 4 Division. The following prizes for each FUT Champions Cup Live Event will be distributed to the Players based on their finishing position/point of exit from the tournament as stated below:

 

PlacesAmount PeoplePrize Each
65-128640
33-6432$1,000
17-3216$2,500
9-168$5,000
5- 8 4$8,000
3 - 4 2$10,000
21$14,000
11$22,000

 

As mentioned in the above, performance in the FUT Champions Cups Event also can result in qualification in the FGS Playoffs, which has its own associated cash prizes and a trophy.

Playoff Prizes 

The prize money is distributed to the Winners of each Playoff based on their finishing position/point of exit from the tournament as stated below:

PlacesAmount PeoplePrize Each
33-6432$1,000
17-32 16$2,500
9-168$8,000
5-84$10,000
3-42$12,000
21$16,000
11$35,000

5.2 Prizing Terms and Conditions

Prizes are not transferable.  No substitution of Prizes for other goods and services is permitted, except Sponsor reserves the right to provide a substitute Prize of approximately equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable. All expenses not specified above, including, without limitation, all federal, state and local taxes, and international tariffs, are the sole responsibility of the individual Winner.

Potential winners will be required to complete and sign a Declaration of Eligibility and Release of Publicity and Liability, and at the end of the Live Event in order to claim the prize. If a potential winner fails to sign and/or return the Declaration of Eligibility, refuses the prize, or is ineligible to accept the prize, the potential winner forfeits the prize. If a winner is 16 or older, as required, but a minor in his or her state, country or providence of residence, winner’s parent, legal guardian, or parents/guardians (as required by law) will be required to sign all necessary documents upon verification of ID. Receiving a prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules; all prizes claimed in accordance with these Official Rules will be awarded. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified or the prize is forfeited for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize, time permitting given the nature of the prize, to the next eligible runner-up Competitor.  Only 3 alternate runner-up winners will be chosen, after which EA retains the discretion to donate the applicable prize to a charity of Sponsor choosing. Potential winners may be required to provide a shipping address to claim prize. Allow up to 3 months for delivery of prizes.

6. GENERAL TERMS

Participants’ personal information will be subject to Sponsor’s Privacy and Cookie Policy, available at for the purposes listed therein. Furthermore, Participants’ personal information will be processed for the purpose of organizing, running and monitoring the Competition and prize fulfillment, including, if Participant wins a prize, publishing (i) their name on the Winner(s) List and (ii) their name and country of residence online or in any other media in connection with the Competition.

Personal information will be processed in the United States or any other country in which EA, its subsidiaries, or third party agents operate. By entering the Competition, you consent that your personal information may be transferred to recipients in the United States and other countries that may not offer the same level of privacy protection as the laws in your country of residence or citizenship.

EA participates in the U.S.-Swiss Privacy Shield Framework for the collection, use, and retention of data from Switzerland. While EA relies on various mechanisms to effectuate cross-border transfers, we continue to adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome.   

Participants have the right to access, withdraw, and correct their personal information. Participants may request such action by sending a message with the request, subject line FIFA 18 Global Series to EASportsFIFAGlobalSeries@ea.com.

For Residents of France: Personal information provided to the Sponsor in the course of this Competition shall be processed according to the Legislation “Informatique et Libertés n°78-17” of January 6, 1978.

For Residents of Spain: The United States privacy laws apply to the collection, processing and transfer of personal information that may be required by this Competition. Yet, for the aspects of those activities that may fall under specific Spanish privacy law (including the Ley Orgánica 15/1999 de Protección de Datos de Carácter Personal of December 13th, 1999), it is agreed that Electronic Arts Software S.L., Calle Via de los poblados, 3 edificio 3, 28033 Madrid, SPAIN (the ‘Data Processor”) may also collect and/or process the participants’ personal information for purposes of administration of the Competition and prize fulfillment, in the terms set forth above. The collection and processing of personal information may be performed in areas such as the United States, which laws may not ensure the level of data protection applicable in the European Union. The personal information may be transferred to the Sponsor and its subsidiaries (in Spain and other territories such as the United States, which laws may not ensure the level of data protection applicable in the European Union) for purposes of supporting the Sponsor with the administration of the Competition. Personal Information may also be publicly distributed in all media, including, but not limited to, the Internet, in order for the Competition to be properly performed (this is applicable to territories such as the United States which laws may not ensure the level of data protection applicable in the European Union). Any right related to privacy law that may be available to participants (including, but not limited to, right to access, correct, withdraw and object) should be brought before the Sponsor at the abovementioned direction.

By participating in this Competition, each Participant further agrees:

(a) (To the extent permissible by law) assumes sole liability for injuries, including personal injuries and/or damage to property, caused or claimed to be caused by participating in any tournament or acceptance, possession, or use of any award; and

 

(b) To the extent allowable under applicable law and, in Australia, subject to and without excluding, restricting or modifying any rights or remedies to which the participant may be entitled as a consumer under the consumer guarantee provisions of the Australian Consumer Law in relation to the operation of the Competition and any prize won, to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss, damage, right, claim or action of any kind arising from or in connection with this Competitions or any Competition-related activity or the receipt, possession, use or misuse of any prize won, except for residents of the United Kingdom and France with respect to claims resulting from death or personal injury arising from EA’s negligence and for residents of the United Kingdom with respect to claims resulting from the tort of deceit or any other liabilities that may not be excluded by law;

By participating in this Competition, each Participant acknowledges: (1) In regard to the Prize and any other products or services given by Sponsor and its affiliates free of charge, the Sponsor shall only be liable for intent and gross negligence. (2) In all other cases, the Sponsor shall only be liable to cases of intent and gross negligence. In case of slight negligence, however, the Sponsor is only liable for the breach of essential contractual obligations, such as delay or impossibility of performance, which the Sponsor can be made responsible for. The liability in the event of breach of such an essential contractual obligation is limited to the typical contractual damage, whose occurrence could be expected by the Sponsor upon conclusion of the contract on account of the circumstances known at that time. “Essential contractual obligations” as previously stated are those obligations whose fulfillment is essential to enable the proper implementation of the contract and the achievement of its purpose and whose observation you as an end consumer may rely upon. The foregoing limitations of liability shall not apply in the case of explicit guarantees by the Sponsor, in case of malice and injuries to life, body or health as well as in the case of mandatory statutory regulations.

(c) That EA’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Competition;

(d) The Competition is governed by the laws of the State of California and all claims must be resolved in the United States.

For Residents of Austria, Germany, Poland, notwithstanding, nothing in these Official Rules shall have the effect to deprive you of the consumer protection rights granted to you by the laws of your residence that cannot be derogated from by agreement.

(e) EA reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of such action using the judging procedure outlined above.  Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or those of any other Competition or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys’ fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

(f) By accepting any of the prizes, EA has the right to use the below information and any other information provided in the FGS Series in the administration, marketing, and promotion of the FGS Series, without further consent or compensation to you, unless otherwise noted below:

  • Background info: Full name, country of residency, age, platform, persona (Xbox Live Gamertag or PSN ID), position on monthly leaderboard in the month of qualification
  • Football fandom info: Favorite professional football club, favorite professional football player, favorite FUT player item
  • Social Media info: Twitter handle and Twitch account (if applicable)
  • Photo: A standard set of headshots following the template provided by EA must be submitted by each player
  • Other Information for Tournament Administration: Shirt size, dietary restrictions, mobile phone number

(g) Participant acknowledges and agrees to EA providing your Account Information (name, Online ID, age, country, game play stats and scores, and email address) to FIFA and to FIFA using your Account Information for the purposes of administering any and all events (such as the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018), including but without limitation FIFA contacting Participant by email and/or other means.

(h) The Players acknowledge that giving and taking bribes are illegal.  EA reserves the right to disqualify, at its sole discretion, any Participant that is involved with any illegal actions.

Nothing in these Official Rules shall be deemed to exclude or restrict any of the Winner’s or the Entrant’s statutory rights as a consumer.

Winners List.

We will post the names of confirmed winners online one to two weeks after the end of each Live Event at www.futchampions.com. This list will remain posted until two months after the end of the FIFA 18 Global Series.

Commercial Rights.

  • All commercial rights (including without limitation any and all marketing and media rights) relating to the FIFA 18 Global Series belong to EA.
  • Participant shall not associate themselves with the FIFA 18 Global Series and/or EA in any commercial manner, nor use any intellectual property rights of EA, nor shall they permit any third parties to do so, without the prior written consent of EA, which may be granted or withheld at EA’s sole discretion.
  • Any Participant or Participant ad sponsor wishing to carry out or facilitate any promotional or marketing activities with respect to the FIFA 18 Global Series, including at any FIFA 18 Global Series tournament venue, will need prior written consent from EA, which may be granted or withheld at EA’s sole discretion.
  • The recording and dissemination of images or footage of the FIFA 18 Global Series for commercial purposes by or on behalf of Participant is strictly prohibited.

 

 

Appendix A: Code of Conduct

The below Code of Conduct applies to all Players in the FIFA 18 Global Series at all levels of the competition unless otherwise specified.  EA reserves the right to levy penalties, sanction or disqualify any player at its discretion.

Player Behavior

Competitor must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players.  These requirements apply to both offline and online, including with respect to social media conduct and activity on live streams.  All Players are expected to adhere to these standards of sportsmanship and the EA Rules of Conduct, available at terms.ea.com at all times, including when not participating in EA sanctioned events.  Behaviors prohibited by the EA Rules of Conduct include, but not limited to: 

  • Violating any law, rule or regulation, as determined by EA in its sole discretion;
  • Using any software or program that damages, interferes with or disrupts an EA Service or another's computer or property;
  • Interfering with or disrupting another player's use of an EA Service.
  • Harassing, threatening, bullying, repeatedly sending unwanted messages or making personal attacks or statements about race, sexual orientation, religion, heritage, etc. Hate speech is not tolerated;
  • Publishing, posting, uploading distributing content, or organizing/participating in any activity, group or guild that EA (acting reasonably and objectively) determines is inappropriate, abusive, hateful, harassing, profane, defamatory, threatening, hateful, obscene, sexually explicit, infringing, privacy-invasive, vulgar, offensive, indecent or unlawful;
  • Using exploits, cheats, undocumented features, design errors or problems in an EA Service;
  • Selling, buying, trading or otherwise transferring or offering to transfer your EA Account, any personal access to EA Services, or any EA Content associated with your EA Account, including EA Virtual Currency and other Entitlements, either within an EA Service or on a third party website, or in connection with any out-of-game transaction, unless expressly authorized by EA;
  • Engaging in any other activity that significantly disturbs the peaceful, fair and respectful gaming environment of an EA Service; or
  • Promoting, encouraging or taking part in any prohibited activity described above.

Every Competitor is asked to maintain an adequate level of respect with the other Competitors and the referees. Threatening behavior towards the referees and the other Competitors will not be tolerated. Incidents and punishment will be identified at the sole discretion of the tournament administrators. Competitors must abide by the instructions made by the tournament administrators at all times. All Competitors must follow Sponsor’s directions. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Competitor from the Competition at any level, any time, and for any reason.

During the Tournament: 

  • Players must conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining an appropriate demeanor to spectators, members of the press, tournament administrators, and to other Players. These requirements apply to both offline and online, including with respect to social media conduct. All players are expected to adhere to the standards of good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Players will refrain from using vulgar or offensive language.
  • Abusive behavior, including harassment and threats is prohibited.
  • Physical abuse, fighting or any threatening action or threatening language, directed at any Player, spectator, official or any other person is prohibited.
  • Damage and/or abuse to game consoles, controllers, or any tournament equipment is prohibited.
  • Any action that interferes with play of a game, including but not limited to purposely breaking a game station, interfering with power, and abuse of in-game pausing, is prohibited and can result in match forfeiture and/or disqualification from the competition
  • Gambling, including betting on the outcome of games, is prohibited.
  • All Players must not disclose any confidential information provided by EA or any of its affiliates to any other people or groups of people, including via social media.
  • No Players may accept any gifts, rewards, or compensation for services that are promised to be rendered in connection with competing in the FGS. The only exception to this rule is for players with sponsors who are paying them based on their performance.
  • All Players must be available for any post-tournament awards ceremonies, interviews, and the entirety of the live event and any promotional activities reasonably requested by EA. A Player who if having been invited by EA fails to attend such ceremonies shall forfeit the right to any award that may be granted, or the benefit that may accompany such award.

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 EA at any phase of the FIFA 18 Global Series to be engaging in Collusion will be removed from the competition, be forced to return any compensation and prizes they’ve received from Live Events, and will have their FIFA 18 account suspended.

 

Examples of collusion include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Intentionally losing a match for any reason, either during Online Qualification or at Live Events.
  • Playing on behalf of another competitor, including using a secondary account, to aid them in Online Qualification or Live Events.
  • Any form of match-fixing.
  • Soft play, defined as a player not trying their hardest in an attempt 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 less goals than they normally would in order to impact the Goal Differential tiebreaker.

Live Event Drug & Alcohol Policy

  • Player use of alcohol or drugs is prohibited on the premises of, or during the attendance of, Live Events for the duration of the event.
  • Players must 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 are required to wear a uniform, either provided by EA or from an approved ad sponsor at Live Events, and all Players shall upon request wear their provided or approved uniform.
    • Any Player who wishes to wear apparel from an ad sponsor must submit a written request to EA at least two weeks before the Live Event takes place. EA has the right to grant permission or deny these requests at its sole discretion. More details about Player Sponsorship can be found in Player Sponsorship section below.
  • Players must wear attire appropriate to the circumstances and location at which an event is taking place. This includes any and all events that Players attend in association with the FUT Champions Cups or Playoffs.
  • Players shall not wear, carry or bear any items of a political nature, or which in EA's opinion reflect unfavorably upon EA, its partners, or the Competition.
  • Players shall not carry out any promotional activity in connection with the Competition unless otherwise approved in writing by EA.

Penalties

Violation of any part of these Official Rules will, at EA's election, result in (a) sanction(s) and/or (b) loss of winner status. All Players must follow EA's directions. All decisions and rulings of EA are final and binding. EA reserves the right to sanction any Player in competition at any level, at any time for any reason. Sanctions may include, in no particular order, the following:

  • Warning
  • Reprimand
  • Forfeiture of single match
  • Forfeiture of all matches
  • Loss of awards (including prize money and paid travel expenses)
  • Disqualification from the FIFA 18 Global Series.

EA also has the right to publically announce penalties that have been levied on Players. Players who have been penalized by EA hereby waive any right of legal action against the FIFA 18 Global Series and Electronic Arts, and/or any of its affiliates.

Player Sponsorship

Players in the FIFA 18 Global Series have the ability to acquire ad sponsors. Ad Sponsorship acquisition is limited, however, to exclude certain categories and industries. If the ad sponsor falls under the below limited categories, then the ad sponsorship may not be displayed by the Player in conjunction with or during the FIFA 18 Global Series. EA reserves the right to update the below list at any time. The following is a nonexclusive 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 EA, its partners, and its other subsidiary brands
  • Direct competitors of FIFA’s Official Marketing Partners

EA reserves the right to prohibit any third party at their sole discretion.

Gamertag/PSN ID

Competitors will be asked to select a unique name to identify themselves for Live Events. This name can be the same as their PSN ID or XBL Gamertag, but is not required to be the same. The name must be unique from other competitor names and must not be deemed vulgar by Sponsor and its affiliates.

Appendix B: Countries

Below is a comprehensive list of all eligible countries: 

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada (including Quebec)
Chile
China
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Great Britain
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Kuwait
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Norway
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Romania
Russian Federation
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America