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Belong Tekken UK & IRE National Championship Ruleset

1 Eligibility

1.1 Definition

A tournament participant is a player that is participating in the UK & IRE tournaments hosted by Belong. With their participation, the participant states that they understand and accept all rules, terms and conditions.

1.2 Player Eligibility
Players must be aged 16 years or older in order to play in this tournament, in line with the Tekken 7 PEGI Rating.

The tournament based at Birmingham New Street (3rd of September) will have a player cap of 48.

The tournament based at Stratford (17th of August) will have a player cap of 64.

1.3 Additional Eligibility
The Tekken 7 tournament will take place on PC. All players should use their own personal accounts where possible; if this is not possible a limited number of Arena accounts will be available.

If a player’s personal account is suspended or banned for any reason during the tournament, they will not be eligible to play for the duration of the suspension/ban.

2 Tournament Glossary & Common Terms

2.1 Game, Set, Series
Throughout this rulebook, and documentation relating to this tournament, the terms Game, Set, Series and Match will be used extensively – it’s important to familiarise yourself with these terms and how they are used in the context of the Tekken 7 Arena Clash format to avoid potential confusion.

A round is a single fight or ‘stock’ within a game.

A game is classified as the most basic stage of the competition, each game is made up of up to five rounds.

A set is classed as a collection of multiple games for example 3 games would be called a Best of 3 Set.

A fixture is defined as a full match between two players in any stage of the tournament.


3 Tournament Stages

3.1 Tournament Stage One

3.1.1 Format

The tournament shall take place as one double elimination bracket containing all participants, a system in which the competitors are broken into two sets of brackets, the winners bracket and losers bracket after the first round. The first-round winners proceed into the winners bracket and the losers proceed into the losers bracket.

Fixtures within the tournaments shall be best of 3 sets, with the exception of the Grand finals, which will be a best of 5 set.

Starting placement into the tournament will be seeded.

3.1.2 Match Tiebreaker
If a game should end in a tie due to a ‘double KO’ another game shall be played with the same settings, characters and map.

3.5 Score Reporting
All Scores are reported on Start.GG The winning player is responsible for reporting the correct match score. The losing player must check that the entered score is correct. If there is a dispute admins will award the games, therefore end of match screenshots are encouraged as evidence.
Scores should be submitted per game won e.g. player A won 2 games, player B won 1 game, player A enters the score as 2-1.

4 Match Setup
4.1 In-Game Settings
• Rounds – First to two
• Timer – 60 Seconds
• Stage Select – Random
• Character Customisation – Off

4.2 Restrictions
• Players may only change character between games
o Players may change character if they lose a game

• The following preset costumes are Banned:
o Jack 7 preset Costume 3
o Jack 7 preset costume 4
o Gigas preset costume 3

4.3 Characters
All characters are allowed, unless tournament administration explicitly forbids it, or they are marked as banned. The tournament administration reserves the right to ban specific characters at any time to guarantee that no advantage gets abused. Tournament administration will do their best to send any restrictions or rule changes to the players as soon as possible.

4.4 Fixture Procedure
The following steps outline the process of playing a Match.
1. Players select their sides (See 4.4.1 Side Selection).
2. Players select their characters.
3. Players go to Stage Select and select Random
4. The Players play the first Game of the Set.
5. The losing Player of the preceding Game may choose to either:
0. Select “Rematch”, the next game will immediately start
1. Select “Select Stage” they must keep their current character and manually pick a new stage to play.
2. Select “Select Character” they may choose a new character, then select the same stage that the preceding game took place on - players changing character may not select stage manually
6. The next Game is played.
7. Repeat steps 2 through 6 for all subsequent Games until the Set is complete.

4.4.1 Offline Side Selection
Players may mutually agree who sits on the left and right side, corresponding to Player 1 and Player 2 respectively, at the start of the Set. Players are committed to this selection for the entirety of the Set. If Players cannot agree to a Side Selection, they will coinflip to determine who picks their side first.

4.5 Breaks
After each Set a player may take a maximum of five minutes to join the next game.

4.6 Equipment
Players are provided with a full setup of hardware and peripherals to use during the tournament.

Players have the option of using their own peripherals during each match. Player-owned equipment must be compatible with Belong-provided competition equipment. Belong is not responsible for ensuring Player-owned equipment is in working condition. Belong
reserves the right to inspect all Player-Owned equipment to ensure compliance with Arena Clash rules.

4.6.1 Equipment Restrictions
• Fight Sticks, Controllers and Hitboxes are permitted
• Macro & Automation functions are not permitted
• Binding multiple buttons to a single button is permitted (i.e. 3+4 to shoulder button)

5 Bugs and Glitches
It is up to the tournament administrations discretion whether the use of any bugs had an effect on the match, and what penalty they will incur. Admins should pause the game and report these to the representative as soon as possible.

5.1 Rehosting
Rehost rules are specified below, including the conditions in which they will be allowed:

• Any issue before the preparation phase starts (game, software or hardware related)
• Player can't move (unless it's done on purpose) - rehost in the first 30 seconds of the game, if the affected player has not inflicted damage
• Game mechanic not working as intended - rehost up to the first 30 seconds of the action phase, no damage taken by anyone
• Disconnect/hardware problem/software problem - rehost in the first 15 seconds of the game.

Each player can receive up to 1 rehost per set maximum.

In case the above conditions are met, players should instantly request a rehost to the Arena Admin, followed by the reason. Once confirmed, everyone should instantly end the game.

If a match is interrupted then it should be continued where it left off, by re-host. If a game is to be replayed due to a rehost, players must choose the same characters, same stage and the current rounds will be the same.

6 Title Specific Infractions

6.1 Failure to Start
Penalty: Game Loss
Players must be ready to play at the start of the fixture.
If a fixture has not started 10 minutes after the scheduled start time due to a player or player not being in attendance and ready, then they will lose the set.
In the case of technical issues, players must contact an Admin who will help them resolve the issue. In the case of technical issues, the representative will decide and relay the decision to each player. Players will not be forced to forfeit any games due to technical issues.

6.2 Using banned characters
Penalty: Game Loss
A list of Banned Characters is available to each player. Any player that selects and locks in a banned character will receive a Game Loss.

6.3 Not choosing random stage
Penalty: Game Loss
A game loss will be awarded as a punishment.
If the player breaks this rule again in the same match, they will lose the set.

6.4 Illegal Character Swap
Penalty: Game Loss
A game loss will be awarded as a punishment.
If the player breaks this rule again in the same match, they will lose the set.

6.5 Use of Bugs and Glitches
Penalty: Game Loss
Using a game mechanic that has been unallowed will lead to instant game loss to the player that uses it.
If the player breaks this rule again in the same match, they will lose the set.

6.6 Rehosts
Penalty: Game Loss
Giving an invalid reason for a rehost, or leaving the match before having approval to do so will
lead to instant game loss to the player that uses it.
If the player breaks this rule again in the same match, they will lose the set.

6.7 Failure to complete fixtures
Penalty: Game or fixture Loss
If teams have not completed their games/series within a reasonable timeframe the admins reserve the right to force end the games in order to keep the tournament progressing correctly.

These decisions will be made at the head admins discretion and is non-negotiable.

6.8 Unlisted Punishments
If an admin or player believes a rule has been broken and there is no assigned punishment for it, they must contact the representative as soon as possible with details and evidence. The representative will judge the case and assign a punishment if required



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  2. ELIGIBILITY: You must be of the appropriate age for the game(s) you are signing up to play, based on the PEGI rating of the game, or any age restrictions we have determined in our sole discretion where a game is not PEGI rated. We may ask you for proof of age and disqualify you from participation in the tournament if you are unable to provide such proof. The minimum age to enter any other tournament is 13+ unless the game is rated 18+ or we deem it to be rated 18+ in which case you must be 18 to enter. You must have an active GAME Reward account in which you have registered your age, valid email address, and location so we can contact you if you are a winner. You are not eligible to enter this competition if you, or a member of your immediate family (which means parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners), are an employee, contractor or sub-contractor of GAME Retail Limited or any of part of FRASERS GROUP or any of their advertising or promotion agencies. The details you provide upon registration for the competition must match the details associated with your Reward Account. You promise that all the personal information you provide to GAME in connection with this competition shall be complete and accurate.
  3. HOW TO ENTER: You can enter the tournaments by purchasing a ticket online and attending the stated venue on the specified dates below.
    1. 3rd of September - Inside Sports Direct, 18 New St, Birmingham, B2 4RQ, United Kingdom
    2. 17th of August - 143 The Street, Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Road, LONDON
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  5. PRIZE: The prizes are:

Each event is its own distinct prize pool and standings, but prizing will be the same at both. Prizing will be a total of £1000 awarded to the top 8 players as follows;

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