Rules
  • League Member Code of Conduct
    1. Play fairly and within the rules of the League.
    2. Treat your fellow gamers, teammates, and competitors with respect and honor.
    3. Discriminatory language, hate speech, threats, spam, and other forms of harassment or illegal behavior will not be tolerated.
    4. Accusations of impropriety or foul play are taken very seriously.
  • Matches Organization
    1. The League will generate match-ups each week of a season.
    2. The matches are generated on Mondays.
    3. Teams are responsible for scheduling their matches.. Players must reach out to the other teams using Discord (highly suggested!) or any other suitable medium to schedule their matches.
    4. Teams must schedule their match by Friday 8hAM UTC of the week it is to take place.
    5. The score must be submitted by Monday 8hAM UTC of the following week.
    6. Teams will play a minimum of 1 match per week during the season (subject to the following rule).
    7. Once per season, when scheduling is deemed to be excessively difficult or impractical, a team can request a match to be rescheduled the following week without penalty.
    8. The league also offers a "Challenge" option which allows teams to play an additional match in a given week.
      • Those challenges can be scheduled anytime.
    9. In the event that the League is unable to assign a weekly league match to a team, that team will be permitted an additional challenge option for that week.
    10. A team may elect to become inactive for a week (greyed-out in standings) without penalty. When a team has been inactive for 2 weeks or more, it shall receive a recurrent MMR percentage penalty until it becomes active again.
    11. The scheduled times are according to local time. For example, EST in winter and EDT in summer.
  • Matches Format
    1. A match consists of 3 maps played in a "best of three" format.
    2. The official game-mode in the league is Uplink.
    3. The game-mode Escort can be played only if both teams fully agree, prior to starting their league match.
    4. The officially supported maps are listed below. Other maps can be played only if both teams fully agree:
      • Downfall 1
      • Quarantine 1 and 2
      • Subway
      • Suburbia 1 and 2
      • Bazaar
      • Tanker
      A map can't be played twice. Night variants are considered the same as their day variants for the purpose of this rule.
    5. The official player count is 5v5. 4v4 can be played if both teams agree.
    6. A team will be ineligible to play its match where it has fewer than 3 rostered players present.
    7. Subject to above, a team may play with official reservists or random public players to fill empty slots on their side.
    8. Provided no reservist is available, subs from other teams are permitted in standard or challenge matches with the consent of the opposing team.
    9. The Home team picks the map OR decides side (Volk or Marsoc) they want to start on. Then the Away team picks the map OR decides their side first and finally the Home team again.
  • Scoring System
    1. Teams enter the score themselves (or ask admin). Both teams need to submit the score for the match to be compiled.
    2. Points structure is as follows:
      • [The score of each individual maps] + [3 points for the final winner of the best of 3].
      • For example, after all 3 maps, if the score was: 5-2, 4-1 and 4-3, the points are 16 (5+4+4+3) to 6 (2+1+3).
      • Important: teams must input the total score (the system does NOT add the extra +3).
    3. In the extreme event that the points were 3-4, 3-4 and 5-0 (making it a tie of 11-11), the teams will play a fourth map to decide which will get the ONE extra point to make it 12-11. The team that was Volk twice will be Marsoc.
  • Matches Forfeits
    1. Teams have a 20 minutes buffer from the scheduled match start time to be in the game lobby with a majority of their rostered team members.
    2. Once the 20 minutes buffer has elapsed, the team that is not ready (or responsible for the delay) forfeits the first round 4-0.
    3. If a further 20 minutes elapses without match commencement, the offending team is officially declared a 'no-show' and a score of 15-0 (12+3) will be awarded to their opponent.
  • Matches Defaults
    1. Where teams miss the match scheduling deadline, but the match is organised and played subsequently, a warning will be given to the teams. On the next occurrence, a -10 MMR-points penalty shall apply. League Moderators may impose this penalty on one or both of the teams depending on the facts.
    2. In the event that a match has not been played during the allotted time frame, the League Moderators will review the circumstances and allocate the match points accordingly. Example resolutions may include the following:
      • Where neither team made any arrangement efforts, the match will be considered cancelled;
      • A score of 8-7 (in total, no '+3') may be awarded by default with the 'win' attributed to the team determined to have been available on the most days with a higher weighting given to weekend availability;
      • A score of 15-0 (12+3) may be awarded to a team where their opponent has made little/no effort or been objectively determined to have frustrated the organisation of the match; or
      • Where facts do not permit a clear determination, an 8-7 win may be awarded to the home team.
    3. League Moderators may remove an inactive team from the League where they have defaulted on 2 or more occasions and have good cause to believe this will continue.
  • Streaming & Media
    1. The League Administration is responsible for authorizing the spectating or casting of league matches via Onward’s spectate function.
    2. All teams must permit League sanctioned spectators or casters access to official matches.
    3. Subject to certain exceptions, spectating or casting of an official league match by non-authorized personnel is strictly prohibited.
    4. Official match casting must be streamed via the designated League Twitch channels.
    5. League Moderators may permit a co-caster to stream on another private channel to assist with replay capture.
    6. The League Moderators may, subject to having good cause, require a particular player to stream or record his/her matches until such a time as specified by the League Moderators.
  • Bugs & Resets
    1. Where there is technical issue, the native reset function may be triggered. It is the responsibility of the resetting team to ensure that the round is reset within the time limit. If for any reason, the reset fails, the resulting score will stand and the match will proceed as normal.
    2. Examples of known prevalent bugs:
      • In the event the same team (Marsoc or Volk) spawns in 2 different locations, the round is automatically voided and must be replayed.
      • In the event that all Volk enemies are dead, but the round timer continues (making Volk automatically win) the round point actually goes to Marsoc. Marsoc wins by 1 point (they can't take advantage of the bug to capture the objective).
    3. In the event that a game update introduces major bugs experienced by majority of players, the league may decide to extend the week to play the match.
  • Cheating, Exploits & Breaches
    1. Any cheating, exploiting, or contravention of the foregoing rules must be brought to the attention of the League Moderators.
    2. Cheating is intended to include the intentional, accidental or reckless manipulation of the game and its code in such a way as to confer an unfair advantage on one side or the other.
    3. The term exploit is intended to include the intentional, accidental or reckless triggering of code, attribute or function in game that is otherwise not envisaged as a legitimate feature of the game.
    4. Non-exhaustive examples include:
      • Going outside of map boundaries;
      • Clipping inside solid objects/floors (using room-scale or not);
      • Body glitching (body not following player's viewpoint);
      • Peeking through solid walls;
      • Using external communication systems (except to declare a bug (ex: in-game voice not working, game crash to Windows, etc));
      • Kicking a teammate from the game to gain an advantage on a situation;
      • Any other imaginative cheats
    5. The following map locations contain banned glitches:
    6. On Suburbia, throwing a grenade (frag or flash) within the first 15 seconds, following the countdown, is strictly prohibited.
      • Where a violation of the foregoing rule has occurred, the opposing team can request that the round is replayed.
      • If teams are unable to reach an agreement, the match shall progress as normal and the score will be subject to review by league moderators.
    7. Any use of the spectate function by participants during official matches, either directly or indirectly, to obtain an advantage of any kind is classified as cheating.
    8. Any use of external media streaming (stream sniping) or use of external voice communication systems which pertains to the circumstances, content or any facts arising from the match is classified as cheating.
  • Teams
    1. In the event that a team changes most of its roster, within 2 weeks, that team, when ready to continue playing, will have its MMR recalculated by averaging each Player-MMRs. In order to prevent abuse (notably when a championship is about to start), that recalculated MMR cannot be higher than what it was before the players had left the team.
    2. In the event that a group of players decide to create a new team from scratch, and most of them come from another team (or more than one other team), that new team may, upon request, ask to start with a higher MMR than they would normally be attributed. That MMR initialization bonus follows the Player-MMR logic. Note that, as every new team, they will have to do their mandatory placement matches before officializing their MMR in the standings.
  • Decisions & Sanctions
    1. Contravention of any of the foregoing rules shall be sanctionable on review by League Moderators.
    2. Formal disputes amongst league teams and their members are to be lodged directly with League Moderators via the Situation Room Discord channel.
      • Unfounded and baseless accusations against players via any public medium are considered to be an act of misconduct.
    3. The League Moderators shall, with regard to developer input, decide issues on the balance of probabilities based on the relevant facts and giving due consideration to the accounts of those involved. Amongst these considerations, the League Moderators shall give the most weight to the presence/absence of indicting or exculpatory evidence (e.g. in game footage, chat logs, etc..).
    4. League Moderators will issue decisions via the Situation Room Discord channel and occasionally via League General Discord channel.
    5. Failure to comply with a request for match VODs, stream links or any other item covered in the above rules will disqualify a player or team from participating in any further League events until they deemed compliant by the League Moderators.
    6. In relation to any of the above rules, when a majority of the League Moderators reach the conclusion that conduct unbecoming of the league has occurred, the League Moderators have complete discretion to administer the appropriate sanction.
    7. In the event of a conflict of interest, affected League Moderators shall recuse themselves from deciding or otherwise commenting on an issue in their capacity as league officials.

Updated: 2018-01-30